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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Largest Tree in Illinois

Posted by Ron Wolford -

In the beauty pageant of trees, size is what matters most. Instead of evening gown, swimsuit and talent, the categories for consideration are circumference, total height and average crown spread. And the winner is.... a majestic sycamore tree on private property in Christian County that measures 31 feet around, 119 feet tall and has an average crown span of 134 feet. The first runner-up is a ba...

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Pubs Plus Website Enhanced

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Farmers, home gardeners, and people needing information on money management or community development now have an enhanced outlet open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a revised University of Illinois Extension website. PubsPlus can be found at: http://pubsplus.uiuc.edu . "Pubs Plus is a source for books, CDs, and other educational materials prepared...

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Cicadas in Illinois Website

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This is the year for the periodical cicada to appear in Northern Illinois. To prepare for this, a new website has been created -- Cicadas in Illinois . The site discusses the cicada's lifecycle, next emergence, and control issues....

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New Apple Named 'Juliet' Resistant to Apple Scab

Posted by Ron Wolford -

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what keeps the doctor away from the apple? And when that apple is infected with apple scab , the prognosis is grim for the entire tree. Enter Juliet! -- an apple that showed so much potential that a French company created a cartoon...

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Amazing Tree

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This amazing tree picture were sent to the State Horticulture Team from Chris Doll, retired Horticulture Educator. The following is a note from Chris. This tree was grown in Santa Cruz California, the year I don't know, but the man that grew them never told any one how he did it. In 1999 the owner of Nob Hill foods in Gilroy, California moved them to his park in Gilroy and they...

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Yale University Going Green

Posted by Ron Wolford -

At World Economic Forum , mere talk isn't enough. "We cannot wait for our governments to act," Yale President Richard Levin told delegates on Thursday. "Large organizations with the power to act independently should take matters into their own hands and begin to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions now...

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Fruits and Vegetables

Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Do you have an interest in growing vegetables? The Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter is targeted towards commercial growers, but offers a lot of good information for the home gardener....

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Bugs: Building Urban Gardens Classes

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Did you know that you can only enjoy BUGs: Building Urban Gardens-once a year? Now some of you are probably wondering what we mean when we say "enjoy bugs". Of course, it could also be the last thing on your mind. However, the kind of BUGs we're talking about is an organic gardening class offered by Openlands only in the spring and only a...

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Earthboxes at the Crust Restaurant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are moving forward with The Growing Connection (TGC)program. TGC uses the earthbox to connect students around the world through the growing of food. Currently, we are working with Chef's Michael Altenberg and Greg Kaminski. Michael and Greg are opening an organic based restaurant on the north side of Ch...

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Worm Composting at North Kenwood/Oakland School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We are planning a "How to Build an Indoor Worm Bin" demonstration for the North Kenwood/Oakland pre-K to 5th grade school on February 6, 2007 at 10 a.m. The school is located at 46th and Woodlawn. We will be presenting to four classrooms. Students in each class will prepare the bedding for each worm bin. By the time we are finished each class will have...

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Keller Regional Gifted Center Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Keller Regional Gifted Center is a school for elementary grade students, located right here in Mt. Greenwood. Elizabeth Bruhns and Nancy Kreith met with the principal and a devoted parent at the school on January 11, 2007. The school has developed a garden plan, which includes a hummingbird habitat; butterfly garden, small vegetable plot and outdoo...

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Chicagoans Can Earn U of I Horticulture Degree on their Own Turf

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Like many college students, Matt Dingledein didn't follow a straight path academically to a career. "I started my undergraduate career as a music performance major at DePaul University," said. "Then I went on to complete an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture at the College of DuPage." After getting his associate's degree, Dingledein went into business for himself as owner and operator of a small la...

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Community Food Projects Grant

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Request for Applications for 2007 is out! The Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program is a major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects in the U.S. Approximately $4.6 million in funds will be available in 2007. The request for applications (RFA) was released on January 12. Initial letters of intent are due by February 13 (by email). Based o...

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Green Chicago Mini-Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Each year, in the early spring months, GreenNet administers the Green Chicago Mini-Grants program. The program, sponsored by the Prince Charitable Trusts assists urban gardeners working in publicly accessible green spaces with grants that fund gardening materials, supplies, and activities. The mini-grants are intended to fund a small project or a...

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2007 Green and Growing Fair

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Who: Open to the public, sponsored by GreenNet What: Green & Growing Fair When: Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 10 a.m. – 4.p.m. Where: Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 N. Central Park, Chicago, IL. 60624 University of Illinois Extension invites you to kick off the growing season with the 15 th Annu...

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Beekeeping Class at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Come to this exciting and informative class teaching the A B C's of beekeeping. This is the perfect class for the beginning beekeeper; learn how to start your own beehive. Michael Thompson, renowned local beekeeper, will teach about the basic equipment and attire for safely working with bees, honey bee installation, hive maintenance and honey extraction....

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New Website for Gardeners

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Jane Scherer, Extension Specialist, Urban Programming/Web Coordination announced today the release of a new website -- Common Problems for Vegetable Crops . Developed by Jim Schuster, Extension Educator, Horticulture and Maurice Ogutu, Extension Educator, Horticulture, this site describes insect pest problems as well as disease...

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Gary Comer Youth Center

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Rosalind Dale, District Coordinator/FNP and I met with staff at the Gary Comer Youth Center at 7200 South Ingleside to discuss potential programming for the youth at the center. The center is a state-of-the art facility with a gym/auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria, computer lab, dance s...

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Partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Elizabeth Bruhns, Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator and I met with Lincoln Park Zoo Education staff to discuss possible programming at Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the- Zoo. The zoo is planning to turn the former crops garden into the new Edible Garden and Sustain...

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Remembering Brian Williquette

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Brian Williquette, a friend and former colleague passed away suddenly last Friday. Brian died of a heart attack leaving his wife and three children. Brian was only 50 years old. I knew Brian for 24 years. I actually interviewed for his Urban Gardening Educator position with Extension in 1984 after he had been promoted to the position of Urban Gardening Program Coordinator. After leaving...

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Periodical Cicadas are Coming!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The cicadas are coming! The 17-year periodical cicadas will be appearing in the Chicago area in spring 2007. Their last appearance was in 1990. Full-grown cicada nymphs are brown, humpbacked and about three-quarters inch long. They commonly construct soil chimneys that ext...

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