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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Barb Farner Retirement

Posted by Ron Wolford -

As I start my 25 th year with the University of Illinois Extension, it seems lately that I have been attending more retirement parties. When I was a newbie in Extension, I remember sitting at an Annual Conference ceremony where they were honoring staff for years of service. I was really surprised with the number of people who had 25, 30, 35 years of service. My thought was how anybody...

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Web Development Meeting in Urbana

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I spent the day in Urbana at the University of Illinois meeting with Jane Scherer . Jane is Extension's Web guru. She is in charge of the development of all the content for the Extens...

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Listen to Garden Teleconferences

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The American Community Gardening Association offers a series of excellent recorded teleconferences on their Web site. These are 90 minute conferences that have 1 to 3 speakers. Topics covered include garden fundraising, garden leadership, school gardens, fundraising and immigrants and community gardening....

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Welcome Julie Perteet

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Urban Gardening staff would like to welcome our new secretary, Julie Perteet to the University of Illinois Extension . Julie will be splitting her time between our Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences office and our Greenwood offices. Please welcome Julie to Extension wh...

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Roses

Valentine's Day Flower Care

Posted by Ron Wolford -

"Whether you are giving roses, carnations, mums, or some other type of flower, you want them to last," says James Schuster. "Start with buying young flowers. Young rose buds have just their outer petals open, show no browning and on red roses there is no noticeable 'blue blush' showing through the red. "The flower head stands straight up--the stem just below the flower has not...

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Worms

Milwaukee Worm Composting Workshop

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Growing Power, Inc . in association with the Urban Agriculture Conference of Milwaukee presents a Composting and Vermiculture workshop on Friday, February 29th, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218. Cost: $100 (scholarships are available), lunch...

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