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Northern Shenandoah Valley Family and Consumer Sciences

Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent Karen Poff

Learn How To:

  • Strengthen your personal or family finances
  • Protect yourself from scams
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • Save money by saving energy
  • Participate in post-bankruptcy financial education
  • Bring financial education to your organization, business, or school
  • Become a Master Financial Education Volunteer

Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program

Karen Poff
Senior Extension Agent

While viewing the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community, we work with a focus on improving wellness for individuals and their families. As educators, community resources, and links to professionals throughout the community, our goal is to implement effective educational and outreach programs that provide people with skills needed to make positive changes and improve their overall well-being.

Learn How To:

  • Decrease risk of chronic disease through good nutrition
  • Get involved with adult nutrition and health programs
  • Bring nutrition programs to your organization, library, or school
  • Earn your ServSafe Certificate (Find upcoming Virginia Cooperative Extension trainings here.)
  • Safely preserve foods at home
  • Become a Master Food Volunteer
  • Test your water for contaminants
  • Other food, nutrition, and health related educational opportunities 

Learn more on the programming Facebook page: Northern Shenandoah Valley Food, Nutrition, and Health


hannah copp

Hannah Copp
Associate Extension Agent

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The Shenandoah County 4-H Program offers youth ages 5-19 opportunities to participate in clubs, educational contests, camps, horse and livestock shows, and much more!

To find out more about the Shenandoah County 4-H Program, contact Carol B. Nansel, Extension Agent, 4-H

Shenandoah 4-H Information

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

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.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

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Community Viability Specialists