Not sure where to begin with your lawncare routine? Melanie Barrow with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension is here to show you what you need to do (and when) to keep your lawn and garden looking fabulous!
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Melanie W. Barrow
Henry County/City of Martinsville Virginia Cooperative Extension
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Extension Agent – Horticulture
Melanie is a native of Henry County, hailing and currently residing in Horsepasture, with her husband and two children. Although she did not grow up on a farm, her love for agriculture began early while spending time with her grandfather in the tobacco, sweet potato, and hay fields; tending cattle; and raising and showing sheep and steers surrounding her home on family land.
Melanie’s passion for agriculture and horticulture was cultivated when she first took an agriculture exploratory class in the sixth grade from Champ Hardie; and further progressed through high school, where she attended Laurel Park, under the guidance of Darryl Holland and Debbie Barker, which set her on the path to her career.
She received her B.S. with a major in Horticulture and a M.S. in Education with a major in Career and Technical Education, both from VA Tech. She briefly taught middle school agriculture in Montgomery County, VA before taking the job as the Horticulture Extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension here in Henry County in January of 2001.
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