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Kids in Will County Learn About Gardening and Nutrition

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Kids in Will County are learning about nature and nutrition thanks to the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Recently 267 kids celebrated the ribbon cutting day at one site and then worked to install their garden soon after. The children are aged Kindergarten thru 8 th grade. They learn about gardening and healthy eating through the use of the Junior Master Gardener cu...

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Marshall Putnam Master Gardeners Lead Healthy Gardening Project

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Although growing your own vegetables saves you money in the long run, the up-front cost can be expensive. This fact hit home for Barb Dahlbach of Toluca when her adult daughter gave a simple request. "All she wanted for her birthday was containers, soil and plants so she can feed her daughter to be healthy," Dahlbach said. "She can't be the only one in that predicament." Dahlbach, a Master Gard...

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Plant a Row for the Hungry Garden at the Rock River Valley Pantry in Winnebago County

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The Plant-A-Row garden at the Rock River Valley Pantry, funded in part by a State Master Gardener Mini-Grant, is serves the clients of the pantry. It is a bright and productive spot located in a somber area of Rockford. The pantry building itself is freshly painted with rose bushes in the front, from the previous occupant, and some perennial flowers. Surrounding the pantry are vacant lots and e...

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Is It Okay To Bring Plant Material Home From My Travel Abroad?

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Gardeners traveling abroad often inquire about whether it is ok to bring seeds or plants back from their trip. US Government regulations mandate that plant materials (including seeds) are required to be inspected and issued a phytosanitary certificate by the country of origin BEFORE they can be brought into the US. These items should also be declared on the customs form that is required for ree...

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McHenry Master Gardeners Teach the Basics of Growing Vegetables at Community Gardens

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The Community/Pantry Gardens of McHenry County revolve around two main sites (Harvard and Woodstock) and also include smaller sites in various parts of the county. The primary goal of these gardens are to provide fresh produce for our local food pantries, by partnering with other groups and organizations within the county. Past partners are: Harvard Lions Club, City of Harvard, Harvard HS FFA,...

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Junior Master Gardeners in Macoupin County Learn about Gardening

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The Junior Master Gardener program in Macoupin County targeted 4-6 grade students in an after-school setting from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for 6 weeks in the spring and 6 weeks in the fall. In Fall 2013 Master Gardeners worked with elementary teacher Suzanne Humphreys to establish a berm for perennials and bulbs. Four chapters of the Jr. Master Gardener manual were used as a basis for teaching the basics of...

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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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