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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.

Great Opportunities at Extension

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Explore the latest gardening trends, techniques, and tools at McHenry County Gardenfest, a daylong series of seminars and workshops for gardeners of every skill level. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14 in Crystal Lake.

Registration ends March 29th - After this date, registration is only accepted on the day of the conference for an additional $5 fee (space limited)

Held annually, Gardenfest is sponsored by McHenry County College and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners.
2024 Garden Series

Lake County Garden Learning Series

February 14, 2024 - December 11, 2024

This year we have a fantastic variety of topics being presented by The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Educators along with Educators and Ecologists from the Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO).

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

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Read more about building a culture of composting in greater Chicagoland

News Releases
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Spring into composting by reviving a compost pile after winter
URBANA, Ill. — If you haven’t touched your compost bin or pile all winter, don’t worry, you are not alone. It could be filled with kitchen scraps to the top or left untouched since the fall. Getting a compost pile going again after the long, cold winter can be intimidating, but it is possible...
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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...

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