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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Main Office (Stephenson County)
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Jo Daviess County)
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

Branch Office (Winnebago County)
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Today's Features

Stephenson County 4-H is proud to announce the continuation of the Archery Shooting Sports program. The Archery Shooting Sports program is open to youth 8 - 18 years of age. Registration is currently open and the program will run every Wednesday from October 1 through November 19 at the Indian Trail Archers facility in Freeport. The fee for participating in the archery club is $50.00. Please click the link below for more information.

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LEGO Robotics Clinic for Adults on Sept. 12, 2014 at Highland College! Attend this clinic to learn about the Lego Mindstorm Robotics kit with Univ. of IL Extension Specialist, Bob Smith. Learn to build & program robots to use as curriculum with area youth. For more information, call the office at 235-4125, or register on the link on right side of page.

It's not too late to sign up for the upcoming MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM! This training features parks & preserves in both Stephenson and Winnebago Counties, and will be held Thursday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. starting Sept. 4 & ending Nov. 13, 2014. To register, see flyer and link below.

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Preserve the Taste of Summer: We are excited to announce our new online course for Food Preservation. This 8 module course covers: food safety, canning basics, canning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods, making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods.

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Milk Protection Program to be held at Highland College on Sept. 15, 2014. See flyer below for more details or to register, click on right side of this page.

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It's back and updated for 2014! The Northwest Illinois 2014 Local Food Directory for Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. See link below to download a copy for yourself and enjoy!

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IT'S HERE... the 2014 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS, which includes 75+ local farms, area farmers markets, and businesses supporting local foods. Click below to download and print a copy.

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Have a gardening question? Call one of our Master Gardeners on the Helpline at any of our three U of I Extension offices. WINNEBAGO County: 815-986-4357, Monday-Thursday, 9am to Noon and 1 to 4pm. JO DAVIESS County: 815-858-2273, Tuesday and Friday, 10am to Noon. STEPHENSON County: 815-235-4125, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 to 11am. To learn more about the Master Gardener Program see below or call us!

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The landscape of your yard and garden in summer quickly changes to lush greens and fragrant blooms. We invite you to view the online collection of SUMMER GARDENING articles and videos created by University of Illinois Extension educators that is sure to keep your green thumb active this season!

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BE SAFE WHEN YOU FIRE UP THE BARBIE! Click below to read the latest information on grilling out safely. Learn some basic food safety precautions to keep your family healthy this summer.

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PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY (PAR) is a national program that works at a grassroots' level to end community hunger. Backyard gardeners are inspired to "plant an extra row" then donate the extra harvest to local food pantries. Click below to learn about PAR and the local donation drop-off sites in Winn. County. For Stephenson County see link under Master Gardener icon on right side of this page.

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See what's happening in Stephenson County during June, July & August! See our program & events flyer below!

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2014 Farmers Markets open this week! The Freeport Farmers Market runs 7-11:00 on Saturdays, at the CVS parking lot, on South Street beginning May 17. The Lena Market runs 8-11:00 on Saturdays, starting May 24, in the downtown Lena parking lot. The Highland Farmers Market opens on Wed. June 4 from 3-6:00 pm at Highland Comm. College, parking lot C. The Steph. Co. Farmers Market at Logan's parking lot, runs Saturdays 8-1:00 and Tuesdays noon to 4 pm starting May 17,and a NEW Downtown Farmers Market is Saturdays from 2-5:30 pm in the parking lot across from Freeport Post come & Enjoy them all!

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness