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 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.
- 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.
- Applications are typically open between January and March and are due in May.
- When open, apply at Virginia Beach City Public Schools Scholarship Central.
- Search for "Bartley E. Tuthill Memorial Scholarship Program."