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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden

I love my job even after 30 years and the Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden is one reason why! This is our seventh year at the Smart Home Garden. The Smart Home and the garden were open to the public for five years. During that time 300,000 people toured the home and many of them were given toursĀ  of our sust...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 9:00PM on 9/6/2014


30 Years with the University of Illinois Extension

Today is my 30 year anniversary with the University of Illinois Extension in Chicago. During my 30 years with Extension I have had the opportunity to work with and meet some great people. People like Gerald and Lorean Earles who taught a young Extension Educator how to dumpster dive for materials for their...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 8:43AM on 2/21/2014

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A Salute to Greg Stack

Greg Stack, Cook County Extension Educator, Horticulture is retiring after 42 years of distinguished service with the University of Illinois Extension. I have had the pleasure of working with Greg for the past 30 years. Greg is a role model for future Extension staff to follow. His work ethic, common sense, creativity, organizational skills, ability to relate to people, leadership skills and hi...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 10:32AM on 8/30/2013


Spring and Summer Storm Recovery Resources

Chicagoland is often hit with spring and summer storms. The following are resources to help you prepare for and recover from these storms. Sign up for Alerts from NotifyChicago on weather-related emergencies to traffic alerts Thunderstorms (U of IL Extension) http://bi

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 1:09PM on 4/18/2013

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Finding Chicago's food gardens with Google Earth

Contact: Susan Jongeneel 217-333-3291 University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Urban agriculture is promoted as a strategy for dealing with food insecurity, stimulating economic development, and combating diet-related...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 2:41PM on 1/3/2013

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University of Illinois Herb Day: January 19

URBANA – The featured speakers for University of Illinois Herb Day are both informative and entertaining, according to a U of I Extension herb specialist. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center near Lincoln Avenue and I-7...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 2:47PM on 12/15/2012

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A Few Interesting Facts about Christmas Trees

Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to learn a few interesting facts about Christmas trees. Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890. The tradition of an official Chicago Christmas tree was initiated in 1913 when one was first...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 1:33PM on 12/15/2012