As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.

This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward continuing to serve our community.

Montgomery County Extension Staff

The Montgomery County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Montgomery County improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

What's New

Montgomery County Office Closed to the public

Due to concerns of COVID-19 in our community, Virginia Cooperative Extension-Montgomery County's office, located in the Montgomery County Government Center is closed to the public, effective 5:00p.m. March 19, 2020. Montgomery County Government will revisit this decision and any revisions will be announced the week of March 30, 2020.

Please refer to Montgomery County Government's website below about closing facilities to the public:

Joint News Release

Our office is open but is only accessible by phone at 540-382-5790 and email . We will return your call in a timely manner.

If you have questions for the 4-H Agent, contact Michelle Dickerson at
If you have questions for the Family and Consumer Sciences agent, contact Dawn Barnes at
The New River Valley Master Gardeners help desk can be reached at

Thanks and stay safe!!
VCE-Montgomery County Staff

Soil Test Information

Soil Test Information
Balanced Living with Diabetes Classes

Montomgery County 2020 Well and Spring Water Testing

Do you have a well or spring?  What’s in your water?

The Virginia Household Water Quality Program aims to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with wells, springs and cisterns. We provide affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about addressing problems.

How does it work?
Participants attend a short meeting where they receive information about how to collect water samples and a sampling kit. Participants collect samples on a designated day and time and drop off at the sample collection point. Water is analyzed on the Virginia Tech campus for 14 parameters. Once analysis is complete, results are returned at a final meeting, water test results are explained, along with information about how to deal with any problems.
If you are unable to attend the interpretation meeting, results will be mailed to you.

Cost: $60 per sample kit. ONLINE (credit card) REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED.

To register and pay by credit card visit:

Checks and cash are also accepted; complete the google form here or email to register and pay via cash or check. Make checks payable to: Treasurer, Virginia Tech

We will be hosting three options for kit pick-up:

  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6:00PM to 7:00PM Montgomery County Government Building-755 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA
  • Monday, March 23rd-Noon to 1:00PM HABB1 Room 108 1st floor-Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg, VA
  • Monday, March 23rd-6:00PM to 7:00PM HABB1 Room 108 1st floor-Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg, VA
Montgomery County 2020 Well and Spring Water Testing

Please download the full flier below.


New River Valley Master Gardener Program for 2020

The New River Valley Master Gardener Program is seeking applicants for the 2020 Master Gardener Training class.  Topics covered include basic botany, plant propagation, herbaceous plants, house plants, vegetables, fruits, pruning, landscape design, floral design, lawn care, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, abiotic stresses, soils, and pesticide use and safety. The cost for the course is $180.00 and participants complete 50 hours of volunteer service.

Contact Wendy Silverman at the Montgomery County Extension Office at 540-382-5790 for more information.  Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2020.

Master Gardener Class 2020
Master Gardener Class 2020
NRV Master Gardener 2020 full page flyer.pdf

Looking for some summer fun? Love to be outdoors in the garden and watch things grow? Join us for a 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club, Gourds Gallore Gardening. We will learn about planting and growing all things in the gourd family including squash, zucchini, pumpkins, gourds, watermelons and cucumbers!  Click on the link below for program information.

Gourds Galore Gardening Flyer

20 Gourds Galore Gardening.pdf

Montgomery County 4-H is participating in the 2020 Give Local NRV Campaign.  If you would like to make a donation to our 4-H program to support educational endeavors including school enrichment lessons, community and special interest clubs and programs, and day/residental camps, please visit the Virginia Tech Foundation link below to make your online contribution:


Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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