​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The annual local economic impact of agribusiness in Virginia Beach is more than $191 million. This industry is vital to our existence. It provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and it is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Locally, farmers are increasingly diversifying, from common crops including soybeans, corn and wheat to pick-your-own strawberries and even a growing horse population.

The Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture

  • Serves as a liaison to and advocate for the local agricultural community.
  • Operates the City’s farmers market.
  • Partners with the Commonwealth’s two land-grant institutions (Virginia Tech and Virginia State) to provide educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, including agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development and community viability.

Virginia Beach Strawberry Guide

Check out the 2024 Virginia Beach Strawberry Guide to learn where to pick or purchase your own fresh strawberries before the season concludes in mid-June.

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Virginia Beach 4-H

The Virginia Beach 4-H Youth Development program serves the youth in our community through hands-on projects in areas like agriculture and civic engagement.

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VA Dare Soil & Water

Virginia Dare Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in conservation of soil, water and related natural resources for Virginia Beach.

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Bartley E. Tuthill Memorial Scholarship Program

The Bartley E. Tuthill Memorial Scholarship Program supports the education of graduating high-school seniors or college undergraduates in the city of Virginia Beach who are interested in or studying technical fields associated with agriculture and/or natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

  • Provides financial assistance to students majoring in a course curriculum related to agriculture and/or environmental sciences.
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