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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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The U of I Extension offices in Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Holiday and also on Monday, July 6 for an all staff event and training. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 7 with regular business hours.

“YES! YOU CAN: PRESERVING SAFELY - Water-bath & Pressure Canning Basics” Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your garden or farmers market produce all year long? Whether just starting out or updating your food preservation knowledge, this program is for you. Join Diane Reinhold, U of I Extension nutrition and wellness educator, for this timely seasonal program. See flyer below for details!

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KIDS in the GARDEN events in June & July! Join us on Wednesday mornings for 45 minutes at various programs to introduce kids to the concept of gardening, as they will learn, create, explore and so much more! These are FREE, but registration is required. Register at link below or call for more details at 815-235-4125

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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: http://www.growarow.org/

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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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