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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Adressing Fragility in Food Distribution (Part 1)

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The United States has one of the most effective and efficient food production and food distribution systems ever created by man. That system makes the quality of life that we experience in the 21 st century possible. However, that system can be rather fragile. The average unit of food consumed travels nearly 1500 miles from its place of origin before it arrives on one's plate. That we...

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Student Farm U of IL

U of IL Student Farm Provides More than Locally Grown Produce

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Students discovered that the University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm (SSF) provides more than locally grown produce at the second annual open house last Thursday, said Bruce Branham, a professor in the Department of Crop Sciences. "We want to raise awareness of the student farm in addition to issues regarding our food systems and supplies," Branham said. "The farm is also a tool...

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Fall Leaves

In the Garden: Other Things Fall Besides Bulbs

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Cool, crisp weather has finally arrived after a very hot, humid and wet summer. Planting bulbs is probably the number one garden activity that takes place in the fall, but there are a number of other gardening and fall related activities to do. Soil Testing Fall is a good time to have your soil tested because labs are not as busy as they are in the spring. A soi...

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