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Lake and McHenry Counties

Lake County Extension Foundation

The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Local Food Purchasing Assistance

Are you a grower that identifies as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, female, disabled, a veteran, or has farmed for less than 10 years? Illinois has $28M to buy food at fair market value from YOU! Products will be distributed for free to local communities in need.

Happening Soon

Now Hiring Community Outreach Worker Snap-Ed
The Community Outreach Worker will teach classes and provide information to local community members (adults and youth) in basic nutrition, physical activity, and buying food for individuals and families in need. The goal is to help SNAP eligible families make positive changes for their health.
2024 Garden Series

Lake County Garden Learning Series

February 14, 2024 - December 11, 2024
News Releases
Members pose in green shirts in the Capitol.
Teen leaders showcase leadership, speaking skills at State Capitol
Springfield, IL – Illinois 4-H teens put their leadership skills to the test as they communicated the value and impact of Illinois 4-H with state legislators as a part of 4-H Legislative Connection on Feb.7 and 8. Legislative Connection provides Illinois 4-H teens a...

Announcements & Highlights

Vegetables cucumbers, tomatoes and cabbage

Home Food Preservation

Freezing your Summer Harvest
Thursday, March 28th 6-8 pm

Dehydrating Your Summer Produce
Thursday, April 4th 6-8 pm

Water Bath & Pressure Canning Basics
Thursday, April 11th 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Hands with dirt and food scraps on ground

Read more about building a culture of composting in greater Chicagoland

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