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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

The Backyard Orchard

Come join University of Illinois Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty as he presents The Backyard Orchard. This program is being held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Building, HWY 20 W Elizabeth, IL or from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St Elizabeth, IL. The cost of this program is $5 and pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, October 16, 2018. For more information or to register call the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at

Whether you already have fruit trees established on your property and are looking to improve them and help them thrive, or you want to start your own backyard orchard this program is for you!

The Backyard Orchard program is designed for people with already established fruit trees or those who are looking to get started in setting up an orchard. Topics that will be covered include variety selection, trellising/support, day 1 of planting, pruning, insect/disease management, and harvest. The types of fruit trees covered will be apples, peaches, pears, and plums along with other unique fruit trees.


Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County),