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Learn how to pressure can green beans
If you find yourself with a bumper crop of green beans, consider preserving them and enjoying them throughout the coming year. Green beans can be dehydrated, frozen, pickled, or canned for long-term storage. If you are planning on canning your green beans, they, like most...
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Tart cherry season begins in Northern Illinois
While it may seem early, tart cherries are almost ready in backyard and commercial orchards in Northern Illinois. The tart cherry harvest season will begin in the next two weeks, towards the middle and end of June, maybe even sooner.“June remains an...
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Maximize flavor with culinary herbs
Are you looking for ways to make healthier meals without giving up flavor? It can be as simple as adding a few herbs to your favorite dish instead of salt. Or cut the amount of sugar by adding items like vanilla and cinnamon.Making small changes,...
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Get your pressure canner dial gauge tested
Canning season is fast approaching! Are you ready? Before using your pressure canner, have your dial gauge tested for accuracy. Testing will ensure your pressure canner reaches the appropriate pressure needed to process low-acid foods. Over time, a pressure canner's dial gauge will become...
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Helpline answers Home Gardening Questions
Have a gardening question?  The Master Gardener Helpline at the University of Illinois Extension is open for the season. Designed to help the home gardener with their questions, the helpline is staffed with Master Gardener volunteers who will provide a research-based...
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Home Food Preservation Workshop on Pressure Canning with Green Beans
If you find yourself with a bumper crop of green beans, consider preserving them and enjoying them throughout the coming year. Green beans can be dehydrated, frozen, pickled, or canned for long-term storage. If you are planning on canning your green beans, they, like most...
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Talking Crop: A Seasonal Row Crop Production Podcast
“Talking Crop” is a seasonal row crop production podcast hosted by University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator, Kathryn Seebruck. The purpose of this podcast is to provide farmers and agribusiness representatives with topical information and actionable...
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Yes! You CAN: Preserving Practice – Jams and Jellies
Strawberry season is upon us, and fresh-picked strawberries are great! These sweet berries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. If you have a bumper crop and want to enjoy the delectable tastes of these summer berries year-round, try preserving them. Nothing tastes...
 Rich Backeberg, owner of The Bicycle Hub in Pecatonica teaches the kids basic bicycle maintenance and proper helmet fitting during the 2023 Youth Bicycle Rodeo.
Round up the kids for a bicycle rodeo on June 29th
Kick off your summer riding with attending a bicycle rodeo!  Participants will learn important bicycle maintenance, safety and riding skills in an interactive, hand-on format on Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 10 am to noon at the Winnebago County...
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School nutrition training dates set for August
School nutrition professionals play a critical role in the health and well-being of children. They directly impact and influence childhood nutrition through the meals they serve and by encouraging healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. University of Illinois Extension and...
Jay Solomon with award from Northwest Illinois Forestry Association
Solomon Earns Award for Dedication to Forestry
The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) presented the Forestry Pioneer Award to Stanley “Jay” Solomon, University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Educator at the annual meeting in March. This award recognizes individuals who have been leaders in...
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Plants in the Energy Landscape
Join University of Illinois Extension Natural Resource, Environment and Energy Educator Jay Solomon for a program on “Plants in the Energy Landscape”. This program is a continuation of the Spring Break Gardening Series and is being held on Thursday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County...
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University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk
It is that time of year again when gardeners are itching to begin planting and growing produce and flowers. Whether you are a beginning gardener, or you have years of experience under your belt, some questions may arise throughout the gardening season. If you do have questions, don’t worry. The...
pressure canner on stove top
Get your pressure canner dial gauge tested
Canning season is fast approaching! Are you ready? Before using your pressure canner, have your dial gauge tested for accuracy. Testing will ensure your pressure canner reaches the appropriate pressure needed to process low-acid foods. Over time, a pressure canner's dial gauge will become...
three jars of a variety of jams
Yes! You Can: Preserving Practice—Jams and Jellies
Strawberry season is upon us, and fresh-picked strawberries are great! These sweet berries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. If you have a bumper crop and want to enjoy the delectable tastes of these summer berries year-round, try preserving them. Nothing tastes better than...
dehydrated peaches on a dehydrator tray
How to dehydrate fruits and vegetables for maximum flavor
Dehydrating food is one of the oldest food preservation methods around. However, safely dehydrating is critical to enjoying dried goods months after harvesting. Whether you want to lighten the weight of your favorite foods for camping and backpacking or preserve fruits and vegetables for later...
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Founders Park now features an oak tree savanna
Founders Park in Winnebago County is now home to an oak tree savanna thanks to local youth and community members. The group of 25 oak trees, called a savanna, will bring new life to oak-hickory forests currently under threat in Illinois. The 4-H Green Communities Tree Program focuses on...