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Zachary Grant
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855

Sarah Batka
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
Enterprise Center
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-4320
FAX: 708-492-1805

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Welcome to the Cook County Local Food Systems and Small Farm Page!

This page will provide important resources and links for Chicago and Cook County residents interested in Local Food Systems and Small Farms. The landscape in Cook County is very diverse and represents both urban and peri-urban agricultural systems. Extension looks forward to serving your needs!

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Featured Websites

Additional Websites

  • Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)
    ASAP facilitates and promotes research and education which protects Illinois' natural and human resources while sustaining agricultural production.
  • Manure Share
    Manure Share is a manure exchange program that brings gardeners and landscapers searching for organic materials for use in composting or field applications in contact with livestock owners who have excess manure.
  • eXtension
    eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America.
  • Common Vegetable Problems
    Learn about common vegetable insect pests and diseases.
  • Food Preservation Resources
    Learn how to preserve the taste of summer.

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