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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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Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club: Where Healthy Food Is Fun

Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club: Where Healthy Food Is Fun

Trewyn grade school students are eating healthy and having fun as they learn to prepare nutritious snacks in the Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club. Once a week for an hour, Trewyn 4-H youth learn about good nutrition and prepare a recipe they can safely make at home based on the day’s lesson.

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Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Third and fourth grade students at three schools in Saline, Pope and Hardin counties in Illinois were treated to a great garden adventure this past school year that continues to provide benefits to their schools and communities, thanks to University of Illinois Extension.

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New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

A team of Illinois Extension specialists recently collaborated to update the popular Incubation and Embryology program to better serve teachers and Extension staff in Illinois. The University of Illinois Extension Incubation and Embryology program provides training for teachers grades K-12 to incorporate an incubation and embryology unit into their classroom curriculum.

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Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

The Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers is a new leadership development initiative that empowers teens to become skilled teachers and leaders. Throughout the program, teens will experience hands-on training sessions and lead at least 6 sessions of 4-H programming for younger children. Lake County teens taught the Health Rocks Day Camp from June 16-18 in Grayslake while the McHenry County participants instructed the Cloverbud Day Camp in McHenry County June 17-19 at the fairgrounds. Learn more...

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Since the 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture, the number of Hispanic farmers in Illinois increased by 46 percent (USDA, 2014). With this rising interest in small farming and scarcity of materials available in Spanish, the Lake and McHenry County Extension Unit developed educational resources and seminars in Spanish to support the growing population of Hispanic farmers in Illinois. Learn more...

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