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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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On Thursday, September 3, come to Stockton to learn WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY PLANT. Candice Miller, Extension Horticulture Educator will be discussing what exactly is showing up this season, how to diagnose common problems, and how to manage them.

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On September 10th in Stockton, TOMATOES, TOMATOES, EVERYWHERE will cover both growing tomatoes, as well as utilizing them in the kitchen. Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller, will discuss what has been happening with tomatoes in the garden this year and what to avoid for next year’s growing season. Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold, will then share information on the health benefits that come when you include tomato-based products as part of a well-balanced diet. Including mouth watering recipes.

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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-Noon and 1-4pm. JO DAVIESS County: 815-858-2273, Mondays, 11am-1pm. STEPHENSON County: 815-235-4125, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-11am. To learn more about the Master Gardener Program see below or call us!

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COOKING WITH TOMATOES FROM YOUR GARDEN program offered in Freeport! Join Diane Reinhold, U of I Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator, for this fun, informative and tasty, program on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10-11am at the Stephenson Co. Farm Bureau & the cost is only $5. Preregistration is required by calling 815-235-4125, or at the link below and see program flyer here too!

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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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2015 FARMERS MARKETS ARE OPEN! The Freeport Farmers Market runs 7-11am on Saturdays, at the CVS parking lot, on South Street beginning May 9. The Lena Market runs 8-11am on Saturdays, starting May 16, in the downtown Lena parking lot. The Highland Farmers Market opens on Wed. June 3 from 3-6pm at Highland Community College, parking lot C. The Stephenson Co. Farmers Market at Logan's parking lot, runs Saturdays 8am-12:30pm and Tuesdays Noon-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 2-5:30pm in parking lot across from Post Office. Come & Enjoy them all!

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HORTICULTURE FOR THE HOLIDAYS to feature Eye-catching Winter Container Gardens! Join us Nov. 12 at the FREEPORT Public Library from 5:30 - 7 pm for this FUN program! Candice Miller, U of I Extension horticulture educator, will teach you how to create a beautiful winter container garden... and you will even make-n-take your own! Cost is $25 and preregistration is required. More details to come & call 815-235-4125 to register or see below.

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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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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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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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