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University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

McLean County
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 11:30-12:30 pm)

Livingston County
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

McLean County
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
Hours: Monday - Friday 11am to 7:00 pm

Woodford County
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Upcoming Events

Food Forest Planting Party

May 16, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM )

One Normal Plaza
Beech Street and E Lincoln Street
Normal, IL 61761 (McLean County)

Join us on May 16 to help plant the first food forest located in a city park in Illinois.  We will be planting a diverse mix of thousands of plants, including: fruit and nut trees, berries, herbs, prairie plants, hybrid poplars and more.  We need a lot of help! 

Crews of volunteers will do light drilling or digging through the loose, tilled soil to set prairie plants, trees, and shrubs.

Volunteers of all ages welcome. We especially encourage youth to come see the birth of a public space that will grow over a lifetime (we recommend children be at least old enough to work alongside a parent and/or another adult). 

An experienced crew from Midwest Agriculture and Restoration Services will lead the planting and they will be able to meet most equipment needs; however, we recommend bringing your own work/gardening gloves, stools, pads or other comfort items. Shovels, trowels, or dibble bars are encouraged but not required.

Three (3) shifts are available with start times between 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The Refuge Food Forest will be an urban oasis consisting of a diverse planting of fruit, nuts, and perennial vegetables. The fruits and nuts produced in the food forest will be free and available for anyone to pick for themselves.  The long-term goal of this project is to reconnect people with the source of their food and to help create educated consumers that will support the continued development of our local food system.

Registration requested, but not required.

Register Online.

The Pantagraph - May 13, 2015

The Refuge Food Forest Project Partners

Town Of Normal

University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities.

Savanna Institute
The Savanna Institute was formed in 2013 to carry out real-world case studies, engage industry stakeholders, from nurseries to distributors, to support the emerging value chains and infrastructure necessary for Restoration Agriculture operations to take root on farms and flourish in markets. (

Midwest Agriculture & Restoration Services LLC
Midwest Agriculture & Restoration Services LLC (MARS) provides products and services that help land owners create profitable, diverse, and resilient agricultural enterprises, ecosystem restorations, and holistic hybrid systems. MARS works on all aspects of these systems, from design and establishment to maintenance and monitoring. (

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