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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

University of Illinois Extension offering Youth Program on Growing and Cooking with Herbs

New to Herbs? Youth can join Horticulture Educator, Andrew Holsinger and Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator for a fun morning learning more about herbs. Youth will get the opportunity to get their hands dirty and pot some herbs to take home and make a recipe using fresh herbs. This is a hands-on workshop where youth learn how to best care for potted herbs, and make their own pesto using fresh basil for homemade pizza, as well as make salsa using fresh cilantro. Youth will also get the chance to taste test a different herbs and learn the best methods for cooking and preparing food with fresh herbs while omitting salt.

Participants do not have to be members of 4-H to participate in the class. Any child between the ages of 7-17 is welcome to join. Parents or guardians are also welcome to stay. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville on Saturday June 17. The class is part of the Unit 18 Eat Local Initiative with funding provided through a Lumpkin Family Foundation grant.

Please pre-register by June 15. Participants can register by calling the Christian County Extension Office or online at For any questions or concerns, contact the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246 or email or

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,