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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

LaSalle County
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Email: uie-blmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Bureau County
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

LaSalle County
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Marshall-Putnam County
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

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Midland Third Grade Learn About Vermi Composting

NEWS RELEASE – PREPARED BY Julie Read

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit

 

Midland Third Grade Learn About Vermi Composting

 

Midland third grade students headed outdoors recently for some educational fun. They were learning about the valuable contributions worms make to our soil and environment.  University of Illinois Ag in the Classroom coordinator, Julie Read, introduced students to the term “vermi composting”. “Earthworms are not native to the United States, but rather were brought here in the soil of potted plants brought by early settlers. They are an invasive species that ended up being good for our environment. Today there might be more than a million earth worms in one acre,” explained Mrs. Read. After learning basic facts about worms, each student made a miniature composting bin using shredded newspaper, soil, and a variety of organic plant material.  Several red worms were then added to this new home. Students were provided with instructions on how to care for their bins. This program concluded our monthly AITC visits. 

For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/  -End-