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2023 ISPP Scholar Patrobas with Illinois Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton
Read article: In his own words: Sirabo Patrobas Wafula
In his own words: Sirabo Patrobas Wafula
As an ISPP Scholar, Sirabo Patrobas Wafula is appointed with the Illinois Office of...
Kristen Dimas standing in the humming bird habitat at Southside Occupational Academy
Read article: Southside Occupational Academy horticulture program seeds community
Southside Occupational Academy horticulture program seeds community
Kristen Dimas, a life-long gardener, used 2020 to invest in her education by completing two University of Illinois Extension training programs in...
Read article: Fair Shares Combined CSA benefits farmers, consumers, and community
Fair Shares Combined CSA benefits farmers, consumers, and community
In 2007, sisters Jamie Choler and Sara Choler Hale were picking up their weekly box of vegetables from Biver Farms...
garlic growing in a raised bed in March 2022
Read article: Perseverance and patience grow an urban farm in West Pullman
Perseverance and patience grow an urban farm in West Pullman
On a warm spring day with four varieties of garlic just beginning to poke out of the ground, Natasha Nicholes, urban farmer and Chicago native,...

News Releases

a vegetable garden in a neighborhood
Scaling up urban agriculture: Research team outlines roadmap
URBANA, Ill. — Urban agriculture has the potential to decentralize food supplies, provide environmental benefits like wildlife habitat, and mitigate environmental footprints, but researchers have identified knowledge gaps regarding both the benefits and risks of urban agriculture and the social...
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Cook County invests in the future of urban agriculture
URBANA, Ill. – From helping backyard gardeners provide locally grown foods to supporting the growing urban agriculture system, new University of Illinois Extension staff are dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse communities. ...
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Cook County grows horticulture team with new bilingual educator
URBANA, Ill. – Whether you’re growing backyard fruits and vegetables, tending a few well-loved houseplants, or responsible for landscaping, gardening is a challenge. The University of Illinois Extension team of horticulture experts connects...
Mercer County Ag Literacy Program Helps Youth Celebrate Agriculture
(VIOLA, Ill.) This spring, first graders at Winola, Apollo, Sherrard, and New Boston elementary schools took part in a “Celebrate Ag” poster coloring contest, and second graders at all Mercer County schools participated in a placemat coloring contest with the winning placemats to be used at...

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