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Read article: New garden in Havana looks to fill a gap for families in need of food
New garden in Havana looks to fill a gap for families in need of food
Fresh, local produce will be easier to access in the Havana community soon thanks to a new community garden project based at Mission of Hope. This...
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Read article: Expert guides lead educational hikes for local Extension volunteers
Expert guides lead educational hikes for local Extension volunteers
Education isn’t just in a text book, in a classroom, or on a Zoom call. University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners...
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Read article: Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Join the fight against invasive species in America's wild places with Wild Spotter
Invasive Species   Invasive species refer to any harmful non-native plant, animal, or organism that can negatively impact the environment,...
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Read article: Volunteer Spotlight: Master Gardener Jackie Trotter
Volunteer Spotlight: Master Gardener Jackie Trotter
Jackie Trotter embodies the spirit of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program. Her dedication to her community and her passion...

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McHenry County Farm Stroll 2023
McHenry County Farm Stroll 2023 Offers Tours of 11 Family-Owned Small Farms and McHenry County College Student Farm Woodstock, Ill. – Come out for an autumn day in the country! On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., McHenry County will host its annual Farm Stroll, a free self-...
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Master Gardener and radio mainstay celebrates 30 years
DANVILLE, Ill. — John Bodensteiner sits down at the microphone in the studio of 1490 WDAN. He checks his notes and talks with his co-host, fellow Master Gardener Kristy Herr-Bartos, and their producer, Landon. They share laughs and talk as they wonder if a...
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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...