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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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SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING SERIES. Introducing 3 New Landscaping classes on April 9, 16, & 23. Learn about planning, design, proper plants for various locations and water efficient landscaping too! Receive a variety of books & handouts and pre-register below. Cost is $24 for the series by 4-2-15, or $10 per class. Call for questions at 815-235-4125. Classes are 5:30-7:30 at Highland Comm. College.

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Looking for some wonderful Local Foods? Check out the 2015 Northwest IL Local Foods Directory and Enjoy what Stephenson County has 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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On Saturday, May 9, University of Illinois Extension will be teaming up with Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District to offer this educational workshop to help protect Illinois waterways and to train RIVERWATCH CITIZEN SCIENTISTS. This workshop will be held at Apple Canyon Lake Clubhouse at 14A157 Canyon Club Dr., Apple River, IL from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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All youth are invited to attend a YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY CLINIC to be held in Grant Park, Galena on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. For more information or to register.

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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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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. Come & Enjoy them all!

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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.

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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See what's happening in Stephenson County during March & April in our program & events flyer below!

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Click below for our COVER CROPS CALENDAR for information that will assist with the selection of fall and winter plantings.

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Check out the latest WINTER GARDENING RESOURCES from U OF I EXTENSION EXPERTS on topics that include composting, apple tree disease, planning next season's vegetable garden, 2015's perennial plant of the year... and MORE! Click below for informative articles and videos.

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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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