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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.

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Spring Compost Giveaway/Giveback


So Let’s Reap All of the Many Benefits of applying and incorporating Compost into your Spring plantings or yard... Vegetable Gardens, Flowerbeds, Landscaping, or Lawn. Your soil will Love you for it!
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

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Don't Go It Alone

Break the chains of isolation and strengthen social connections

Research indicates that social isolation and loneliness significantly affect the quality of life, particularly for older adults. Studies reveal over a fifth of U.S. adults identify as lonely or isolated. Discover the difference between social isolation and loneliness and identify risk factors for both. Learn about the various consequences of isolation and loneliness and strategies for staying connected with others. Presenters: Emily Harmon and Cheri Burcham, Illinois Extension educators.
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Read more about building a culture of composting in greater Chicagoland

What's so important about compost?
Food waste is a pressing environmental concern in Illinois. In Cook County — and in many counties around the state — it accounts for up to 37% of landfill material.
News Releases
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Get your pressure canner tested for free by Illinois Extension
URBANA, Ill. — Spring is a great time to take inventory of your canning equipment to prepare for the summer canning season. If you have a dial gauge pressure canner, make it a habit to get it tested by Illinois Extension every year. Various...
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Master the art of water bath and pressure canning
Home food preservation continues to be extremely popular, whether due to increased food costs, the desire to know what is going into your food, or because it benefits the environment by reducing one’s carbon footprint. There are many ways to preserve food at home, including freezing, drying,...
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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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