On Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. youth will be learning knowledge necessary to raise sheep and goats. (No Cost) Location: Franklin County Extension Office in Benton. To register call 618-439-3178 by March 23, 2017.
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- Soil Fertility Seminar
Register by February 23, 2017
- 2017 Livestock and Dairy Judging Contest
Register by March 3, 2017
- Outdoor Cooking
Register by March 8, 2017
- Master Naturalist Training Online Payment
Register by March 15, 2017
- Goat and Sheep Clinic
Register by March 23, 2017
- A Garden Project - An Assortment of Garden Inspired Classes
Register by April 14, 2017
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University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties
Main Office (Jackson County)
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
Branch Office (Franklin County)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Hours: M–F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Branch Office (Perry County)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Hours: Mon - Wed, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)
Branch Office (Randolph County)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Hours: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Branch Office (Williamson County)
101-B East DeYoung
Marion, IL 62959
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)
Do you dream of growing and eating your own food but have trouble finding the time or resources? Come join us on Friday, March 10th from 1 to 3pm at the Murphysboro Extension office for an introductory class on starting your own transplants for your garde
A terrarium is a fun and intriguing project where creativity is endless! You can use teacups, coffee pots, light bulbs, jars, etc.! You can re-create a beautiful mini forest or fairy gardens. Come join us on April 21st at the U of I Extension Office in
Almost everybody has a houseplant (or 20) and just like your beautiful outdoor flowers, veggies, and shrubs these plants need some periodic love too! Come and join us on March 24th at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Murphysboro to re-pot yo
Cooking with Tina
In the first session of Cooking with Tina, Emmerson and Max are learning to properly measure ingredients for their pie.
Welcome to University of Illinois Extension, serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties! Our Extension Educators bring you practical research-based information in horticulture, local food systems and small farms, youth development, and community and economic development. These programs are geared toward enabling people to improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Call us at (618)687-1727 for more information.
Tip of the Week
Did you know your children may benefit from you implementing mindfulness into your life?
Here are a few simple mindful practices you can try:
Live by routine. Take the needless guesswork out of meals and bedtimes..
Turn off the engines. Decrease screen time. This begins with you.
Give more attention. Undivided attention is the most concrete expression of love you can give.
Take a break. Take a walk around the block or designate a "quiet" spot in your home for yourself.
Be the first to apologize.. By your doing it, your children will learn how.
For more information on mindfulness and other parenting tips, visit the Family Files Blog!
Questions? Contact Susan Sloop, Extension Educator, Family Life at email@example.com