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Community & Home Garden Programming

A place to learn more about backyard, community, school, and youth gardens.

Community Garden and Urban Farming Links

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

Go here for more great resources on this topic: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/cat88_4220.html...

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Greater Peoria Regional Food Summit

Posted by Kathie Brown -

Government officials, farmers and others gathered on Saturday, March 29 at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center to discuss how locally grown foods can contribute to our local economy. This first ever Regional Food Summit attracted more than 100 participants. It was organized through a partnership involving Peoria County, City of Peoria, Peoria LISC, Peoria County Health Department, Illin...

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Starting a Farmers Market?

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

Below are several links that might be helpful. Farmers Market Manager Frequently Asked Questions booklet at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/42372.pdf created by the Farmers Market Coalition to guide users through the process of starting a farmers market. Illinois...

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Community Gardening Toolkit

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

If you are planning a community garden, this toolkit from the University of Missouri will be a big help. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/45968.pdf...

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Request Help with a Community Garden

Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree -

Our extension offices receive many requests for help with local community gardens in the four counties we serve: Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. Although Master Gardeners are not usually available to help with individual gardens, Master Gardener Plant Detectives are on call to answer questions during the garden growing season. A live garden hotline is avail...

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SUMMIT RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER DETAINING MINNESOTA PANELISTS

Posted by Kathie Brown -

Due to severe weather in St. Paul-Minneapolis, Our three presenters, Julie Ristau (former co-chair of On the Commons & Homegrown Minneapolis), Gayle Prest (Sustainability Director, City of Minneapolis) and Kristine Igo (Associate Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute –UMN) are not able to come to Peoria for the Seeds2Success - Planning for Community Sustainability, Greater Peo...

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Food Summit Scheduled in Peoria

Posted by Kathie Brown -

NOTE: SUMMIT RESCHEDULED for March 29th DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER DETAINING MINNESOTA PANELISTS In response to the growing trend toward sustainable local food systems, University of Illinois Extension, along with other partners, will hold a food policy summit on Feb. 22 in Peoria, Ill. "Sustainable local food systems balance economic prosperity, environmental...

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