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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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Extending Knowledge–Changing Lives. Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the University and all of our friends and neighbors in JoDaviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. Extension staff provide practical education you can trust that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Please contact us at the local Extension office with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list.

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Plan to attend the Cover Crop Tour on Nov. 6, 2014. Tour 3 farms in Stephenson County, beginning at 1pm and ending at 3pm. Sponsored by Univ. of IL Extension, NRCS & SWCD. For details, see flyer below.

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Do you have trees in need of pruning but you do not know where to start? Learn proper pruning techniques to help keep your trees looking good for years to come by attending this workshop at Krape Park on Monday, October 27 at 4 p.m. Participants will meet at the Park District Maintenance Building for this program by Candice Miller, Univ. of IL Horticulture Educator. Register on right side of this page.

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

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Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil & enters homes & other buildings. "Clearing the Air about Radon" is a program designed for homeowners to learn more about Radon & find help, if needed. For more information please click below. See Radon website at:

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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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See what's happening in Stephenson County during September, October, & November! See our program & events flyer below!

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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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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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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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