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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Master Naturalist Project Organizer

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greetings: The new Master Naturalist project organizer position will be based in our Matteson office. This will be a new program in Cook County. We will be collaborating with the Forest Preserve of Cook County, the Field Museum and Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. Other partners may join us in the...

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Control Crabgrass

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Crabgrass is just one of many annual grassy weeds which cause problems in home lawns, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Its thick, hairy blades can smother the more desirable lawn grasses...

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Become a TreeKeeper

Posted by Ron Wolford -

TreeKeepers are volunteers who have become certified by Openlands to give trees the care and maintenance they need to thrive in the urban forest. Classes are taught by professionals from the Morton Arboretum, Chicago's Bureau of Forestry, the Chicago Park District, Chicago's Department of Environment and private arboriculture experts. Discover some things...

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New Schools Online Web Sites

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The University of Illinois Extension has just released two new Web sites for students. The first, Fresh From the World...Where Your Food Comes From , is for third-fifth graders. It discusses 15 different popular foods and explores their histories and origins. Students can gain a new understanding about the food they find in the grocery store and the fa...

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Mother and child gardening

Preschool Garden Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Ask young children, who garden what they like about it, and you'll get a lot of different answers, but the main message is, "Gardening is fun!" It gets them outdoors, gives them an outlet for their energy, and lets them participate in creating something beautiful that they can feel proud of. Plus, they actually like to eat the vegetables they grow! A child's early years are a c...

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Angelic Organics Job Opening

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Friends: We are very excited to announce that the Learning Center is now accepting applications for an Urban Initiative Program Coordinator! The position will be based in the Chicago office. We are seeking a responsible, highly organized individual to join our urban initiative team to assist with community food system projects and urban agriculture training. At least three...

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