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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Main Office (Lake County)
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (McHenry County)
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website! Unit 3 Vision is to become “Highly Visible and The Leading Local Institution” in Lake and McHenry County where people come to hear and receive research-based education and information in the following areas to make a difference in their lives, homes and communities: 4-H Youth Development Program--Nutrition (SNAP- Ed) Program--Horticulture (Master Gardeners) Program--Local Foods/Small Farms Program

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University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has 2 full-time positions open for SNAP-Ed EXT-Community Workers. To apply and view job description, click the link below. Apply by September 21, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact James Reaves at: 847-223-8627.

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2017 Farm Stroll and Market. Sunday, September 24 at 11 AM-5 PM. Hosted by the McHenry County Master Gardeners. Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour of McHenry County’s diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end of the tour: just choose the farms you wish to visit and go during the stroll’s timeframe. There is no charge for this event.

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Want your chance at the mic? Ever wonder who gets to go to Springfield to speak to legislators each spring. That could be YOU. Step one is to take the Speaking for Illinois 4-H training. The next training is Saturday, Sept. 30 in Belvidere at the Boone County Extension Office. Just do it! It’s taught by members of the Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team and is open to 4-H members age 14 and older. Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) offers teens advanced training in preparing your 4-H story to “tell the world” how great the 4-H program is! By the time you leave, you’re ready to advocate for 4-H to civic groups, new 4-H volunteers, donors, and elected officials. Once trained, 4-H’ers are expected to work with their local Extension staff to promote 4-H on the local level. On the state level, trained members receive invitations to participate in the 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state Capitol each spring. Cost is $12 for the 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. training; lunch is included. Space is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! We hope to see you at the next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training! by September 20.

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Fruits & Veggies – More Matters! Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, let's all make an effort to include more of these nutritional powerhouses into our diets during "Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month". Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you: • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer. • Maintain or reach a healthy weight. • Keep your body strong and active. Some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day: • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it. • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks. • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness