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Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

Master Gardeners Sow Seeds and Smiles with DuPage Convalescent Center Program

DuPage County Master Gardener volunteers are helping to grow skills and cultivate a community for DuPage Convalescent Center residents. The successful Gardening Year Round horticulture therapy program at the DuPage Convalescent Center (DPCC) features a 12,000-square-foot Residents’ Garden, which is bursting with blooms, butterflies and a bounty of vegetables this time of year. On most days, residents, visitors, volunteers or center employees can be found admiring or working in the raised beds.

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Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

Experiencing New Foods in Preschool

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) It’s Fun to Be Healthy is the monthly curriculum for preschoolers age 3-5 in Peoria County. In 2013-2014 the four-person SNAP-Ed Team from University of Illinois Extension made 21,183 contacts with preschoolers in Peoria County using these materials which emphasize healthy nutrition behaviors.

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Master Gardeners Harvest More Than 5 Tons of Food for Food Pantries

Master Gardeners Harvest More Than 5 Tons of Food for Food Pantries

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners had a record setting growing season at the Henry White Farm near Millstadt, IL.  Over 5 tons of fresh produce was harvested from the garden this year including tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, and watermelons.  The produce is donated to area food pantries in Belleville and O’Fallon twice a week. 

 

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Center For Digital Inclusion & University Researchers Receive Digital Innovation Leadership Grant

Center For Digital Inclusion & University Researchers Receive Digital Innovation Leadership Grant

Illinois citizens will soon have increased access to the latest digital tools and economic development opportunities. University of Illinois Extension has awarded $300,000 to the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science as part of a new campus extension and outreach initiative.

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U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

U of I Plant Clinic: A Reliable, Non-Biased Resource for Illinois Residents

The University of Illinois Plant Clinic serves as an unbiased resource for diagnostics of routine, unusual, and exotic plant problems to help manage issues of pests and disease. The Plant Clinic has a long tradition of providing diagnostic and educational support to Illinois residents, serving as a clearinghouse for plant problems since 1976.

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Illinois Cottage Food Operation Law

Illinois Cottage Food Operation Law

Farmers markets are on the rise with increasing consumer demand for fresh, local food. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the number of farmers markets in the United States has increased 184% from the year 2000 to 2013.

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Camp Corral: Where Military Kids Can Just Be Kids, Have Fun, and Form Lasting Friendships

Camp Corral: Where Military Kids Can Just Be Kids, Have Fun, and Form Lasting Friendships

It is a beautiful day at 4-H Memorial Camp, and Camp Corral’s “Hero Day” is fully underway. Campers are scattered throughout the campgrounds participating in activities lead by members of the National Guard, including camouflage face-painting, MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) tasting, paracord bracelet-making, code breaking, and exploring a parked Humvee. This is clearly no ordinary day at summer camp, and no ordinary group of campers.

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Butterfly Habitat Made Possible Through Extension Collaborative Effort

Butterfly Habitat Made Possible Through Extension Collaborative Effort

Mother’s Day, 2013, a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Wildlife Prairie Park marked the opening of the Kim St. John Butterfly Habitat near Peoria, Illinois. The newly constructed 2,600 square foot metal hoop house is filled with larval and nectar plants to attract butterflies native to the area and educate visitors on the lifecycles and importance of native butterflies to the Illinois ecosystem.

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Veterans’ Wellness Garden Builds Community through Service

Veterans’ Wellness Garden Builds Community through Service

Gardening not only provides people with access to fresh, healthy produce, but it can also serve as a therapeutic stress-relieving activity. It was this belief in the healing properties of gardening that inspired the Veterans’ Community Wellness Garden at the Hillcrest Farm in Dixon, Illinois.

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