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Illinois Master Gardener program celebrates 40th anniversary

Illinois Master Gardener program celebrates 40th anniversary

This past year marked the 40th anniversary of the Illinois Master Gardener program. With over 3,000 members today, Illinois Master Gardeners have given more than 2.3 million volunteer hours, a value of over $46 million, to the state.

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Illinois State Board of Education Awards $4.5 million to U of I Extension for school food-service training

Illinois State Board of Education Awards $4.5 million to U of I Extension for school food-service training

It can be a struggle to get kids to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal at home. Imagine the challenge of encouraging 1.9 million children in schools each day to eat healthier foods. University of Illinois Extension has received $4.5 million over three years to help by providing training and education to school food-service professionals statewide.

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Rockford third graders 'Farming in the Class'

Rockford third graders 'Farming in the Class'

Third graders at Conklin Elementary School in Rockford, Illinois had the opportunity to discover how seasonal fruits and vegetables grow and travel to their classroom. Called Farming in the Class, this is a program that is a collaboration with Annie Hobson, 4-H Youth Metro Educator, and Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator.

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Extension experts talk turkey

Extension experts talk turkey

Everything you need to know about safety, cooking techniques, side dishes, carving, leftovers, nutrition, and more. 

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Extension offers Leadership Academy for County Officials

Extension offers Leadership Academy for County Officials

In partnership with the United Counties Council of Illinois, a cohort of local elected and appointed officials received training in leadership, budgeting, data analysis, planning, and more.

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4-H Teens as Teachers have positive impact

4-H Teens as Teachers have positive impact

Southern Illinois teens learn technology and design tools from U of I experts, then teach day campers

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Pond management workshop promotes stewardship, sound practices

Pond management workshop promotes stewardship, sound practices

Attendees gained an understanding of how they can improve their own pond while also doing their part to advance conservation.

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An edible forest takes root in Normal

An edible forest takes root in Normal

The Refuge Food Forest in Normal is an urban demonstration site for the University of Illinois woody perennial polyculture research.

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