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Kids Learn about Monarchs with Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

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"My favorite part of this class was releasing a monarch butterfly!" This was by far the most common comment by students enrolled in a new project designed to encourage children to understand and appreciate the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the relationship of this iconic state insect to Illinois' native prairie plants. On six Saturday mornings in late August and Septem...

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Effingham Master Gardeners Empower Youth to End Hunger

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Effingham County Master Gardeners teamed up with area 4-H members to grow produce to donate to the local food pantry. Enduring Freedom Ministries is a food pantry located in Shumway, IL and director, Vickie Kight, was grateful to receive the donations as they rarely have fresh vegetables to offer to their clients. We had a total of 10 kids join the club for the first year! The kids bega...

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