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Building a strong and connected community

Illinois Extension building a strong and connected community


As we move forward in 2024, let our hands continue to sow the seeds of knowledge and our hearts beat in unison, fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness. Together, we'll continue to shape a future where individuals and families in Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties thrive.

Announcements and Highlights

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Ready...Set...Grow... Gardening Workshop

Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties for this half-day event offering participants information about various aspects of home gardening.
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Northern Illinois 4-H Summer Camp – Change Your Child’s Life

4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is conducted cooperatively by University of Illinois Extension staff in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties and the professional staff at RRCC.
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Community Education Classes Offered at SVCC

Our staff is now providing business and community Education Classes at Sauk Valley Community College. There's bound to be a class for you!
News Releases
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Pasture Management: Recovering from 2023
“Pasture Management: Recovering from 2023,” hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, will focus on recovering from the 2023 growing season drought and short forage supply in three evening sessions.  The sessions are intended to build upon each other by looking at options and management...
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How to freeze produce for maximum freshness
Spring is right around the corner, and summer gardens will be bursting with produce in no time. You can enjoy your summer flavors year-round by preserving your fresh produce now. Home food preservation continues to be a favorite by many. And by knowing and understanding a few basics, you can...
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Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference to be held in Freeport
Make plans to attend the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference scheduled for March 2, 2024, in Freeport, Illinois, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest, but forestry professionals, consultants, volunteers, Master...

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