As an animal science extension agent, Steve Hopkins plans and develops agriculturally based education programs for Orange and surrounding counties.  He specializes in livestock  production and marketing, specifically cattle. Steve has taken an active role in the development of the animal ID program and has delivered numerous programs to animal producers across the state. Steve serves as Educational Advisor to the CVCA which provides value added marketing opportunities.  He is licensed as a Commercial Category 10 Pesticide Applicator, a Certified Nutrient Management Planner, and a Certified Crop Advisor.  Steve, his wife and two sons are actively involved with the Orange County 4-H program where Steve serves as the program coordinator for the county's cattle working teams.  

Local programs offered by the Orange Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent include:

  • Value added beef marketing programs through the Central Virginia Cattlemen Association (CVCA). More information is available on the CVCA web site.
  • Livestock production management, financial management, forage management, and genetic selection programs   
  • Pesticide recertification and wps trainings
  • Nutrient management planning  for forage production
  • Livestock cattle working facility design
  • 4-H livestock selection and showing

As the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Jill Garth serves Orange and the Planning District Nine counties.  Jill's programs provide informal education that increases knowledge, influences attitudes, teaches skills, and inspires aspirations. Through the adoption and application of these practices, the quality of individual, family, and community life is improved. Family and Consumer Sciences brings specialist, agent, and volunteer expertise together to address the needs and priority issues facing Virginia's families. Five specific goals are addressed:

  1. To provide education from numerous disciplines addressing societal issues of concern to individuals and families
  2. To assist communities in analyzing the status of families and identifying appropriate community action to meet the needs of families; 
  3. To train volunteers and program assistants to assist the Family and Consumer Sciences program; 
  4. To motivate people to become involved in community issues and to develop leadership potential in those people; 
  5. To collaborate with other Extension program areas, and form partnerships with other agencies, community organizations, and educational groups.

Programs offered Orange, Madison and Culpeper Counties

Family Financial Management

Jill Garth provides family financial management, housing and consumer education programs in Orange, Madison and Culpeper counties. Below are some of the specific programs offered.  Please call the Orange Extension Office at (540) 672-1361 for email Jill Garth at  for additional program inquirers.

  • Kids Marketplace (youth financial program)
  • Reality Store (youth financial program)
  • Basic Budgeting for Adults
  • Homeownership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Real Money, Real World (youth financial program)
  • Poverty Simulation

Food, Nutrition and Health

Jill Garth offers programs to help youth, individuals and families make wise nutritional choices, prepare food safely, prevent chronic disease and make necessary lifestyle chances for optimal wellness. Below are some specific programs offered. Please call the Orange Extension Office at (540) 672-1361 for email Jill Garth at for additional program inquirers.

  • Cooking for Crowds
  • ServSafe
  • Cooking Matters
  • Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids
  • Food Preservation

Up Coming Programs

ServSafe Food Handler Class

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where: VCE Louisa Meeting Room, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration deadline: March 20, 2017

Cost: $25.00 payable to LCPRT

ServSafe Food Handler Class Flyer (PDF | 176KB)

A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 or Thursday, April 20, 2017

Where: VCE Louisa Meeting Room, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Ave, Louisa, VA 23093

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017 for the February 23, 2017 class. April 20, 2017 for the April 18, 2017 class.

A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling Flyer (PDF | 261KB)


Orange County 4-H offers programs for youth in a variety of delivery modes.  Our 4-H clubs meet monthly and are either project clubs (focusing on a specific project area such as animals) or community clubs, which vary their projects and learning.  All 4-H clubs are open to all youth who wish to participate.  Most 4-H clubs are open to youth ages 9-18, but our Cloverbud clubs serve youth ages 5-8.  4-H clubs are led by caring adult volunteers. 

Our 4-H camping program features 4-H Junior Camp, a residential camp at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal in June of each year.  TACO (Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange) is a horseback riding day camp that serves youth with disabilities and is staffed by nearly 60 teen and adult volunteers.  Cloverbud Day Camp is available each summer to youth ages 5-8, and additional day camps are offered annually, many at low or no cost to the participant.  4-H Stockman’s Retreat is a multi-day and –night camp for youth interested in livestock judging.  Orange teens attend state 4-H Congress on the campus of Virginia Tech each June. 

Special interest workshops such as cooking, personal finance, crafts, leadership, technology, resume writing, and more are offered at various times depending on community needs. 

4-H partners with local schools to offer educational events such as Ag Day and Farm Tour, Pond Day, embryology in the classroom, workforce preparation and career shadowing programs at the high school, and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Against Bullying program at Locust Grove Primary School.  Schools choose to host 4-H Share-the-Fun talent shows each winter and several teachers ask 4-H to conduct public speaking workshops and competitions in their classrooms each year.  4-H is a partner in the Orange County Public Schools Farm to School initiative and 4-H staff serve on the School Health Advisory Board for OCPS. 

Volunteers are essential to the work that 4-H does in Orange County.  Commitments can be as short as an hour or two or very long term; we are fortunate to have some volunteers for more than 20 years! To learn more about Orange 4-H, visit our blog, find us on Facebook, or call or come by the office to visit.  We look forward to seeing you!

Developing a value-added Virginia economy (pdf)

Engaging with Communities

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Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

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