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A picture of tree roots that have been pulled out of the ground
Read article: Clearing misconceptions around tree roots
Clearing misconceptions around tree roots
Roots are always underfoot, whether it’s a forest or prairie, your yard, or a local park; these all-important plan structures fill the upper layers...
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...
black 20-inch container with berry plant
Read article: Save money and space with container-grown fruits
Save money and space with container-grown fruits
Small space gardening doesn’t mean sacrificing flavors. With rising prices people are looking to reduce their grocery bills while getting fresh...
a view of El Paseo's urban farm
Read article: El Paseo Community Garden is not just growing food, it's growing leaders and community
El Paseo Community Garden is not just growing food, it's growing leaders and community
Paula Acevedo talks quickly and passionately pointing left and right as we walk through El Paseo Community Garden...

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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...
flowers growing from the rain off of a rain gutter.
Utilizing Rainwater in the Home Landscape
There are many environmental benefits to reducing stormwater runoff, and it can be done in ways that enhance landscapes and natural areas. Illinois Extension will be hosting a two-part Rainscape Workshop on March 30, and April 6 from 9 am - 3 pm at the Rock...
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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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Duane Friend

Duane Friend

State Master Naturalist and Climate Change Specialist