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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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HORTICULTURE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - (Rockford on December 5). Join U of I Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Miller and Winnebago County Master Gardener Kathy Justis for an annual tradition, Horticulture for the Holidays. This annual event integrates the garden into season celebrations and promises a morning of fun, make-n-take activities. Registration includes materials and supplies for two hands-on workshops, professional instruction, as well as morning beverages and snacks.

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The University of IL Extension offices in Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties will be CLOSED on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 8 with regular business hours.

On September 10 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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HEALTHY LIVING WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) program in Freeport on September 16 from 11:30am to 1pm at the YMCA at Highland Community College in FREEPORT. Join Nutrition & Wellness Educator Diane Reinhold at this in-depth program to learn about this lung disease and how to manage your diet, and keep healthy! Recipes & tips will be shared too! Cost is $5. Register below and read more information.

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"What You Need to know about Osteoporosis" program in FREEPORT on September 30 from 11:30am to 12:30 pm at the YMCA at Highland Community College. Join Nutrition & Wellness Educator Diane Reinhold to learn how osteoporosis develops & what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk. Recipes & tips will be shared too! Cost is $5. Register below and read more information.

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Autumn Joys to feature Fall Tablescapes! Join us on October 17 from 9 am to Noon at the Freeport Public Library for this FUN program! Come enjoy this fall, fact filled, hands-on workshop and take home 2 projects you create! For more information and to REGISTER ONLINE, see below. Cost is $25.

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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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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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