The Botetourt 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 Botetourt 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...

4-H Community Clubs in Botetourt County - come and join!

What is a 4-H Community Club?  It is a group of boys and girls interested in learning about a specific topic or a general interest that meets once a month in the evening.  Depending on events and special club projects 4-H members may meet more often.  4-H is open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 18, as of September 30 of the current year.  For more information on each club, click on the name below.  If you are interested in joining one of our 4-H Community Clubs or have an interest in other 4-H opportunities, please call the Botetourt Extension Office for more information, (540) 473-8260. 

Botetourt 4-H Camp - June 11 - 15, 2018              

Registration begins Monday, March 19, 2018

Making and Using Baleage to Reduce Feeding Cost

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Roanoke Hollins Stockyard, Hollins, VA

Speaker:   Dr. Dan Undersander

                       Forage Research & Extension Agronomist                                

                       University of Wisconsin

Program and BBQ dinner will be provided free of charge

Pre-registration is required by March 23, 2018

(540)473-8260 or

Apple Grafting Workshop

Thursday, March 29, 2018,  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Fincastle Community Center, 21 West Main St, Fincastle, VA

Cost:  $20 at the door (check or cash) 

Each participant will take home four trees!  

Space is limited, pre-registration required:  (540)473-8260 or

For more information, contact:  Kate Lawrence, ANR Extension Agent, (540)473-8260 or


Drinking Water Testing Program

If your water comes from a well, spring or cistern and you want to learn more about the quality of your water then sign up for this program.

Cost:  $55 per test kit (a $300 value) cash or check payable at the door

This is a three part program in the Fincastle Community Center on the following dates:

April 16, 2018 - 6:00 pm, a short informational meeting, pick up water sample kit and pay fee

April 18, 2018 - 7:00 am - 9:00 am, drop off your water sample

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 pm, Water results meeting (all results are confidential)

Space is limited!  Pre-registraton is required by April 5, 2018. 

Contact the Botetourt Extension Office, or (540)473-8260