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Exploring local food production and issues in urban areas at a variety of scales.
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Urban Ag Connect Newsletter

I have recently started a newsletter titled the Urban Ag Connect. In addition to continuing this blog, I will be sending out this newsletter every other month. Some months the Urban Ag Connect will replace this monthly blog post as each newsletter will have a blog like entry contained within it, as well as, Local Food Systems and Small Farms program updates. To subscribe to Urban Ag Conne...

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Master Urban Farmer Program 2017!

We are excited to announce the next Master Urban Farmer Training Program for 2017! For this round of training we will be partnering with The Children's Farm at the Center in Palos Park, IL. For more information about the MUFTP program please follow this link: If you want a direct link to the reg...

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Master Urban Farmer Training Program

I am excited to announce my first original Extension program for Cook County! It is with great excitement to bring to you the Master Urban Farmer Training Program: Mission Statement: The Master Urban Farmer Training Program is designed to provide new urban farmers in Cook County the introductory knowledge and skills to start an urban farm. At the end of the program...

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Crop Production Planning for a Smooth and Efficient Season

Happy Spring/Vernal Equinox! Better late than never to think about crop planning for the upcoming growing season! This post really should have been put up three months ago, but alas other programs kept me very busy and distracted. Having an action plan in place for your crop production cycle is important and useful at a variety of scales. Any grower from a backyard urban gardener to a 1...

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Fall Planting Dates for Winter Production in High tunnels and Low tunnels

It's 9/1/15, where has the summer gone! If you have or are thinking about putting up a season extension structure (e.g. high tunnel, low tunnel, mini-tunnel, caterpillar), now is the time to be putting in your plantings for winter harvests. There are many cold hardy crops that can survive the harsh temperatures of winter. Spinach and kale are two classic examples of crops that have been known t...

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Warm Season Direct Seeding in High Soil Temperatures

This is the time of year when you hear gardeners saying things like: “Have you put your garden in yet ?” or “Put the garden in this weekend!”. These comments reflect the notion that vegetable gardening and producing food is a singular one-time event that occurs sometime during the month of May. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, when you have a well thought out plan in place (at any...

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