Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.

There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.

Prince George Extension Leadership Council

Prince George County Cooperative Extension does not determine in isolation the needs of communities, nor does it implement solutions to those needs on its own. Instead, Extension facilitates an approach to education that involves the community in the identification of their own needs and the implementation of solutions.

The primary means for Extension to facilitate community involvement in Extension education is through a representative group known as the Prince George County Extension Leadership Council (ELC). The mission of the Extension Leadership Council is to develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution and identified issues and concerns. The role and function of the ELC is to identify and prioritize issues and programs; design, develop and implement appropriate programming; assess and monitor programs and reports results to appropriate groups; and to be an advocate for Extension programming.

Membership is open to all regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation. To get involved, contact any of the Prince George County Extension staff at 804-733-2686.

ELC Members

  • Don Bagshaw, ELC Chair
  • Robert Livesay, Pastor, Oakland Baptist Church, ELC Vice-Chair
  • Leah Brantley, Bank of Southside Virginia, ELC Secretary/Treasurer
  • Lucy Elder, Bank of Southside Virginia
  • Audie Brumfield, resident
  • Bill Kreider, James River Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Dale Temple, Southside Programs for Adult Continuing Education
  • Phyllis Brockwell, Prince George Farm Bureau
  • Gloria Carter, Prince George Master Gardener
  • Shel Douglas, Director of Social Services
  • Percy Ashcraft, Prince George County Administrator
  • Keith Rotzoll, Director of Parks and Recreation
  • Bill Gandel, Prince George County Board of Supervisors
  • William Robertson, Prince George County Board of Supervisors
  • Hermon Maclin, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
  • Scott Reiter, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Unit Coordinator
  • Hollie Perkins, Unit Administrative Assistant, Virginia Cooperative Extension


Quarterly ELC meetings, unless otherwise posted, are scheduled for the second Tuesday in January, April, July, and October. Meetings take place in the large meeting room of the Prince George County Library.

For more information, or to request a meeting agenda, call the Extension Office at 733-2686.

Prince George Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid the Prince George Extension office by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers working through Cooperative Extension to provide seeds of horticulture-related information to the public.

The Prince George Extension office will be accepting applications each December and January for their Master Gardener Training Program held each winter. Upon acceptance into the program, trainees will attend a ten-week series of classes, held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm, beginning in January. Classes are taught by Extension staff, Master Gardeners, and local experts. Class topics include basic botany, soil science, home lawns, insect and disease management, fruits and vegetables, composting, perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs, and a pruning demonstration.

For more information, contact the Prince George Extension office at 804-733-2686.