Henrico Extension accepting applications for community garden program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications from residents who would like to grow their own vegetables or flowers on community garden plots.

The Gardens Growing Families program allows the use of garden plots measuring about 15 feet by 20 feet at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Highland Springs Garden, on West Jerald Street at South Cedar Avenue. Fees range from $10 to $65 per year based on household size and income.

Participants of the Gardens Growing Families program also have access to free classes and workshops on gardening as well as advice from the Henrico Master Gardeners.

For information on Gardens Growing Families, call (804) or click here for the application.

Electronics Recycling & Shred ID Event

Recycle your electronics & shred your personal information free, Sat, Mar 29, 10 am – 1 pm, West End Assembly of God. Click here for list of acceptable items.

Davis named director of Capital Region Workforce Partnership

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of Brian K. Davis as director of the Capital Region Workforce Partnership (CRWP), effective April 7.

Davis has 20 years of experience with local- and state-level planning and policy, including more than 10 years focused on workforce development systems and programs. He currently serves as director of Virginia’s Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board, which is responsible for workforce development planning, policies and strategies for an area that consists of the city of Lynchburg and four surrounding counties.


Davis will succeed Rosalyn D. Key-Tiller, who retired in February after 26 years leading CRWP.

As director of CRWP, Davis will oversee efforts to promote employment and workforce development in the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan as well as the city of Richmond. Henrico serves as the fiscal agent and provides administrative oversight to the agency. CRWP works in collaboration with the Resource Workforce Investment Board.

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a leadership development certificate from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services earns three-year accreditation

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) earned accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services.

MH/DS received its fifth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest endorsement that it substantially complies with CARF standards. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

MH/DS’s accreditation followed a survey in late January that focused on 11 program and service areas, including treatment, case management, community housing and integration, prevention services and community employment services. MH/DS is a Henrico agency that provides mental health, substance abuse and developmental services for the counties of Henrico, Charles City and New Kent.

“The leadership is present and very approachable by the consumers, staff members and other stakeholders. Services and programs function at an exceptionally high level, and administrative support processes are excellent,” CARF said in its survey report.

“I was pleased that the surveyors recognized so many strengths throughout the agency,” said Michael D. O’Connor, executive director of MH/DS. “Among those they singled out were employment services, youth-oriented prevention services, services to adults with a serious mental illness and financial management. I am very proud of our staff.”

Refuse & Recyling Pickup Schedule

Refuse collection will be on a one day delay for the remainder of the week.

CVWMA curbside recycling pickup for Monday customers will be complete by end of day Friday. Recycling for Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday.

Filing Deadline Extended

Due to the inclement weather, the business license and personal property filing and payment deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Henrico berry plant sale benefits 4-H youth programs

 The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $7.

Order forms are available from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, and at any location of the Henrico County Public Library. Forms also can be printed from the Extension Office’s website, henrico.us/extension. To receive a form by fax, call (804) 501-5160.

All orders received by Friday, March 28 will be filled. Those received later will be filled while supplies last.

Plants will be distributed from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Center, at 2175 Mountain Road.

The berry plant sale is a fundraiser for the 4-H Youth Development program, which is a diverse, volunteer-led program that provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth to develop confidence, leadership and other life skills.

Henrico Extension to offer free vegetable gardening workshop April 5

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a free workshop Saturday, April 5 to help residents start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The Vegetable Gardening Jumpstart Workshop, which is part of the 2014 Gardens Growing Families program, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The deadline to register is Friday, April 4. The workshop will provide residents with tips on starting or improving their vegetable gardens, expanding their food tastes and preparing foods.

To register or for information on Gardens Growing Families, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension/.

Henrico Extension, Master Gardeners to offer 10-part Homeowner Horticulture class

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will offer a 10-week series of classes to show residents how to follow environmentally sustainable gardening practices.

The Henrico Homeowner Horticulture Series will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2 through June 4 in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 1. The $25 fee for the entire series includes a binder and materials.

Henrico Master Gardeners will explain how to improve soil for horticulture, create compost, establish and maintain a healthy lawn, renovate existing landscapes, select and care for a variety of plants, start a vegetable garden, grow fruit and manage insects and disease.

To register or for information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/departments/extension/.