William McCaleb

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Bill currently serves as the Program Assistant for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Halifax County Virginia.  He has been employed part-time with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1997. He has been an avid gardener since childhood growing up on his grandparent’s farm in Alabama and Georgia when not overseas. His background in horticulture comes from his experience with plants in USDA zones 7-10 and in Puerto Rico.  

He became a Virginia Master Gardener in May, 1997 and the Coordinator for Halifax County MG program in September, 1997.  He served as President of the Southside Master Gardener Association for two years and also served on the Nominations/Election Committee for the VMGA, Vice President, and then President of the Virginia Master Gardener Association from 2004-06.  While president he was instrumental in starting the Endowment for the Virginia State Master Gardener Coordinator’s position. 

Bill also serves on a variety of committees within Halifax County and the Town of South Boston including:

  • The Halifax County Fair Committee
  • Halifax County Improvement Council
  • Board member of the Downtown South Boston Farmers’ Market
  • The South Boston Board of Zoning Appeals
  • The Courthouse Grounds Advisory Committee
  • Former member of the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  • The VNLA Research & Evaluation committee

Bill was instrumental in transitioning the Virginia Plant Introduction Program into the “Beautiful Gardens™” project introducing new cultivars and reintroducing native species to Virginia gardens while running one of the five test sites in VA.  He is also an active member of First Baptist Church, South Boston where he continues to serve in leadership roles on committees and as a deacon.  Before coming to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Bill retired from an active 31 year career in federal service.  His educational background spans agriculture and horticulture as well as government admin/services.


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