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University of Illinois Extension serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

Main Office (Lee County)
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 217-300-0420
FAX: 815-835-2073

Branch Office (Carroll County)
807D S Clay St
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Phone: 815-244-9444
FAX: 815-244-3708

Branch Office (Lee County)
280 W Wasson Rd
Amboy, IL 61310
Phone: 815-857-3525
FAX: 815-857-3527

Branch Office (Whiteside County)
100 E Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: 815-772-4075
FAX: 815-772-4077

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Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the U of I and all of our friends and neighbors in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties. Our programs are research-based and practical. Browse our site for the latest in news, tips, programs and volunteer opportunities!

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The main office of Unit 4 has been moved to temporary quarters during a construction project at Sauk Valley Community College. During this temporary time we will be using a VOIP system to make and receive phone calls. To reach our staff please call: Janice McCoy, County Director—217-300-9363 Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator—217-300-1191 Bruce Black, Horticulture Educator-217-244-1923 Mary Sheridan, Office Support Associate-217-300-9481 Nichole Shuck, Office Support Associate-217-300-0420

Want to grow vegetables or fresh herbs but have no idea where to start? The Healthy Harvest Community Garden offers community members a place to grow. Plot fee $10-20.

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Home Gardening questions?? Check out our Master Gardener Hotline Hours at your local Extension Office.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course designed for adults who work with youth between the ages of 12-25. You will learn: What you might SEE in a youth struggling with a mental health challenge, What you might DO to assist a youth, A five step action plan that will help you support youth. Sign up now for this summer workshop.

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Join us this year at the Whiteside County 4-H Show Crafts & Vendor Day- Saturday, July 18th -Download the form here.

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The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway this month

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Does your garden need a new look? Join University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener's as we explore the different types of gardens. Participants will learn all about four season gardening, using native plants, creating a natural fairy garden, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, shade gardening and historic gardens. Don’t miss out at the following locations:

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Since 1995, the Midwest Compost School has been conducted annually between Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The school is an intensive 3 three day program for new and experienced mid to large scale composting operators that will train participants in the science and art of composting.

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An Artifact Speaks If you have ever been to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. Many Extension unit offices will be offering a free, 3-hour workshop to introduce the program and give participants the opportunity to engage in a selection of program activities.

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The Certified Livestock Manager Training program is now available online as a series of modules that can be taken in place of an on-site workshop, free of charge.

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Want to learn more about cash leases and cash rent prices in Illinois. Illinois Farm Management Handbook is found on Farmdoc.illinois. Information in this handbook is useful in a variety of management decisions. Much of the data used in this section comes from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) Associations.

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4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Nutrition and Wellness

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