One of the most charming things about Smith Mountain Lake is the blend of agricultural land and small-town friendliness with the convenience and access of a much bigger city. Along with this simpler, more rural lifestyle, however, can come a lot of questions related to living so close to the great outdoors.
What kind of bug is eating my plants? Why are my Evergreens dying? What can I plant during the winter? Where do you go with questions like these? The answer is the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency or VCE. VCE is a partnership between the state, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University to bring individuals, families, 4-H, etc. a wealth of information on topics related to agriculture.
Their website provides a list of the offices for each county, but most Smith Mountain Lake residents will use Franklin County (540-483-5161), Bedford County (540-586-7675), or Pittsylvania (434-432-7770). Whatever your question about the outdoors, the Cooperative Extension Service can very likely provide you with an answer!