Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Extension Educator, Urban Horticulture
February 17, 2010
Thank you to everyone who submitted a recipe for our Youth Garden Recipe Contest!
Are you planning to send one in? The deadline for entries is March 1, so please send it in soon.
Because there's nothing better than eating what you've grown, we're calling all educators, parents and children to submit your favorite school and youth garden recipes.
Winning recipes will be published with recognition in an upcoming children's book by Anne Nagro, author of the nationally-acclaimed Our Generous Garden and Nuestra Huerta Generosa, and Dancing Rhinoceros Press.
Winners also will
Get details on how to submit your recipe and what you could win: http://www.gardenabcs.com/Recipe_Contest.html
Author, Our Generous Garden and Nuestra Huerta Generosa
February 4, 2010
Upcoming training dates with Extension Specialist, Drusilla Banks:
Dining with Diabetes
University of Illinois
10244 S. Vincennes
February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Dining with Diabetes
Room A213 (Arts Building)
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Master Gardener Training
March 31, 2010
Family Farmed Expo
March 13, 2010
(more information to follow)
For more information or to register please contact Drusilla Banks at 773-481-8634
February 2, 2010
Master Food Preserver, Rosemary asked, is there possible toxic ingredients in canning jar lids?
Below is a reply with information from Carol Schlitt, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness.
"Yes – currently all Jarden products, makers of the lids for Ball, Kerr, and Golden Harvest, are manufactured with a BPA plastic. FDA says the amount is well within the "safe exposure" range but many individuals are very concerned about any BPA exposure."
The good thing about home processed foods is that there is a head-space and most of the time jars are stored upright so that exposure to the lid is minimized.
For more information on BPA, please see: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm
Also, in today's Daily Illini was an article on BPA (how ironic!): http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/2009/10/29/toxicology-expert-raises-concerns-about-fda-chemical-regulations
Thank you for bringing this to our attention Master Food Preserver Rosemary!