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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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Plant an extra row in your garden and help hungry families in our community. Click below for a list of PLANT-A-ROW FOR THE HUNGRY produce donation sites in WINNEBAGO COUNTY. The donated garden produce is distributed through local food pantries.

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U Of I Extension Educator Grant McCarty will be presenting COOL SEASON VEGETABLE WORKSHOP in Elizabeth, Freeport and Rockford that will include greens, lettuces, broccoli, kale, and others. This workshop will give an overview on starting these cool season plants, diseases and insects, general management strategies, and way to extend the growing season.

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Attend COOL SEASON VEGETABLE WORKSHOP on August 5 in Freeport. Topics on greens, lettuces, broccoli, kale, and other vegetables & will focus on diseases, insects, general management, and ways to extend the growing season. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required.

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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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IT'S HERE... the 2015 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS, which includes 75+ local farms, area farmers markets, and businesses supporting local foods in Winnebago County. Click below to download and print a copy.

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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:

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

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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.

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