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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

Growing and Hands-On Preserving Workshop Series Starting in Taylorville with Strawberries Class

Join University of Illinois Extension as Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator and Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator team up to provide a workshop on culture, selection, care, pest management, and maintaining strawberry plants. Peterson will cover the nutritional benefits of strawberries, watch a food demonstration using strawberries, and participants will taste test recipes and water-bath can their own strawberry jam to take home. 

Participants will receive a packet of information on disease and pest management information on caring for strawberries, information on safe preservation practices, and a recipe booklet. The course will also give individuals the chance to explore the benefits of culture, care, and get to put their knowledge to work by water bath canning fresh strawberries This is a hands-on workshop.

This program will be held at the Christian County Extension Office in Taylorville, IL on June 22nd from 9:00am-1:00pm. This class is part of the Unit 18 Eat Local Initiative and all costs are covered by a grant funded by the Lumpkin Family Foundation.

Join in for the first of three hands-on growing and preserving classes this summer! Check out upcoming classes:


July 1st-Preserving & Growing: Cucumbers and pickling from 9:00-12:00pm at the Extension office in Taylorville


September 9th –Preserving & Growing: Tomatoes and canning homemade salsa from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Extension office in Taylorville

Follow the Unit 18 Eat Local Challenge on Facebook and learn about upcoming events, information about growing and maintaining home gardens, visiting local farmers markets, and useful tips, recipes, and methods for preserving locally grown food.

Pre-registration is required for the strawberry workshop by June 19th.  Registration can be done by calling the Christian County Extension Office or online at For any questions or concerns please call the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246 or emailing 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,