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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
Email:uie-jsw@illinois.edu
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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YES! You Can Preserve it Safely-Freezing Your Summer Harvest program! Come learn BASIC food preservation with Diane Reinhold, Univ. of IL Extension, Nutrition & Wellness Educator,& you can enjoy your garden or farmers market produce all year long! Registration is required & cost is $5.

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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, Mondays, 11am to 1pm. 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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Success with Cover Crops program offered in Freeport and Shabbona. Program will include: why consider cover crops,research, livestock feeding opportunities,management, and a local panel of practicing farmers/applicators. June 30 will be in Freeport from 6-9 at Highland College, and July 1 will be in Shabbona from 9am to noon at N. IL Agronomy Research Center. Register below or call for details.

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GET READY FOR OUR SUMMER SIZZLER SALE! Support Winnebago County 4-H Showboard's 5th annual 4-H fundraiser... and purchase a delicious box of meat (forget about those girls and their cookies!). Each box contains a variety of meats that are locally raised and processed at Eickman's Processing in Seward. If you would like to place an order, click below for the order form and contact information. Simply contact a 4-H leader or mail the order form and payment to the Winnebago County Extension office. Happy Grilling!!

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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 Stephenson County. Visit the Plant A Row website at: http://www.growarow.org/

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“YES! YOU CAN: PRESERVING SAFELY - Water-bath & Pressure Canning Basics” Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your garden or farmers market produce all year long? Whether just starting out or updating your food preservation knowledge, this program is for you. Join Diane Reinhold, U of I Extension nutrition and wellness educator, for this timely seasonal program. See flyer below for details!

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Join us at Spring Creek Community Garden for our NeighborWorks Week Event on June 9th from 5 to 7 pm. This event is a volunteer effort and see flyer below for more details!

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KIDS in the GARDEN events in June & July! Join us on Wednesday mornings for 45 minutes at various programs to introduce kids to the concept of gardening, as they will learn, create, explore and so much more! These are FREE, but registration is required. Register at link below or call for more details at 815-235-4125

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Avian Influenza (bird flu), which causes illness in poultry, has been reported in the Midwest. Click below for information from Professor Kenneth Koelkebeck, University of Illinois, Department of Animal Sciences.

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2015 Farmers Markets opening soon! The Freeport Farmers Market runs 7-11:00 on Saturdays, at the CVS parking lot, on South Street beginning May 9. The Lena Market runs 8-11:00 on Saturdays, starting May 16, in the downtown Lena parking lot. The Highland Farmers Market opens on Wed. June 3 from 3-6:00 pm at Highland Comm. College, parking lot C. The Stephenson Co. Farmers Market at Logan's parking lot, runs Saturdays 8-12:30 and Tuesdays noon to 4 pm starting May 16. The Orangeville Market starts July 4 at the Trailerhead Shelterhouse & call 789-3113 for details. The Freeport Downtown Market opens Sat. June 6 from 2-5:30 in parking lot across from Post Office. Come & Enjoy them all!

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Looking for some wonderful Local Foods? Check out the 2015 Northwest IL Local Foods Directory and Enjoy what Stephenson and surrounding Counties have to offer!See directory below.

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The University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2015 MASTER GARDENER TRAINING PROGRAM. Training classes will be held at the Extension office in Elizabeth (204 Vine St., Elizabeth, IL) beginning August 5th, 2015. Classes will be 9:00am – 3:30pm every Wednesday through October 14th.

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

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Join us for the 30th Annual Stephenson County Ag Breakfast on Saturday, June 20th,2015. Menu will feature beef bacon, pork sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, coffee cake, milk, and ice cream; being serving from 6 until 10 am at the Stephenson Co. Fairgrounds, Freeport,IL. See flyer below for more details.

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The 2015 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on June 23 at the Lawfer's Willow Valley Dairy Farm. Click below for more information about this event.

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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT UPDATE: The University of IL Extension will NOT be offering an Electronics Recycling Collection in 2015 due to cuts in grant funding for these types of events. If you would like to learn about alternative options for recycling your electronics or other items, please call the Ext. Office at 815-235-4125.

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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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