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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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Extension Seeks Public Input into Local Foods Education Initiative

University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is seeking individuals interested in offering their input to help develop a local foods education initiative. The overall goal of the project is to make the public more aware of local food options, providers, and how to create nutritious meals using produce grown and readily available in central Illinois. This initiative is also aimed to help local producers become better connected to local markets. Extension is excited to discuss possible educational programing related to the initiative such as: cottage law classes, food preservation, marketing classes for producers, horticulture classes, symposium focused on local foods and putting small acres to work, and other topics the public may be interested in.

Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, says, “Extension would like to offer a local foods initiative throughout Unit 18, and we are looking for input from local producers and residents who share a similar interest.” She adds that, “We are hosting informal interest meetings in each of the four counties Unit 18 serves in order to gather ideas from the community about how to best accomplish the goal of promoting local foods, as well as educate the public on the value of eating fresh produce, and healthy methods for preparation.”

The public is invited to sit at the table and discuss programming they would like to see, ideas for connecting local producers to the public, improving awareness of local foods, and additional ideas.

The interest meetings are open to anyone who'd like to share their thoughts or ideas about local foods in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties. In order to prepare proper accommodations, interested parties are asked to pre-register, if possible, by calling their local Extension office or on-line at:


Interest Meeting Times & Dates Include:

Jersey County: August 15th 10 am-12 pm
Illinois Farm Credit Office

27049 IL-16, Jerseyville, IL 62052  Phone: 618-498-2913

      Macoupin County: August 17th 10 am-12 pm

Macoupin County Extension Office
#60 Carlinville Plaza Carlinville, IL 62626  Phone: 217-854-9604


      Christian County: August 22nd 10 am-12 pm

Christian County Extension Office
1120 N Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568  Phone: 217-287-7246


      Montgomery County: August 23rd 10 am-12 pm

Montgomery County Extension Office
#1 Industrial Park Dr. Hillsboro, IL 62049  Phone: 217-532-3941


University of Illinois Extension offers practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.



Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,