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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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Congrats to Molly Hofer!

Posted by Ron Wolford -
Congrats to our own Molly Hofer , University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator and other members of the Family Life team: Chelsey Byers, Cheri Burcham, and Cara Allen for winning a national award at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences co...

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Welcome New Horticulture Educators: Nancy Kreith and Kim Ellson

Posted by Ron Wolford -
Willene Buffett, Cook County Extension Director welcomes new educators to the Cook County Extension Horticulture team. Nancy Kreith received her Master's Degree from University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Science ....

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Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -
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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30 Years with the University of Illinois Extension

Posted by Ron Wolford -
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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A Salute to Greg Stack

Posted by Ron Wolford -
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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Spring and Summer Storm Recovery Resources

Posted by Ron Wolford -
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 http://goo.gl/DalT2 Thunderstorms (U of IL Extension) http://bi t.ly/q4NYO...

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Finding Chicago's food gardens with Google Earth

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Contact: Susan Jongeneel sjongene@illinois.edu 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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