Willene Buffett, Cook County Extension Director welcomes new educators to the Cook County Extension Horticulture team.

I love my job even after 30 years and the Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home Garden is one reason why! This is our seventh year at the Smart Home Garden. The Smart Home and the garden were open to the public for five years. During that time 300,000 people toured the home and many of them were given tours  of our sustainable, organic garden by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners . Master Gardeners also help to plan and maintain the garden each year.

Congrats to our own Molly Hofer, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator and other members of the Family Life team: Chelsey Byers, Cheri Burcham, and Cara Allen for winning a national award at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Lexington, Kentucky last week.