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Irrigation for Urban Growers Thurs 7/1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm How to calculate flow rate overhead vs. drip Systems and componen...
06/28/2021

Irrigation for Urban Growers Thurs 7/1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm How to calculate flow rate overhead vs. drip Systems and components Resources and vendors This wkshp will be on-site at @cookcountyext Demonstration Farm in Matteson, IL. Registration required go.illinois.edu/UrbanAgSite

Irrigation for Urban Growers Thurs 7/1, 5:30 - 7:30 pm How to calculate flow rate overhead vs. drip Systems and components Resources and vendors This wkshp will be on-site at @cookcountyext Demonstration Farm in Matteson, IL. Registration required go.illinois.edu/UrbanAgSite

The disadvantages of landscape fabric https://bit.ly/2UM5y7r
06/28/2021
The disadvantages of landscape fabric

The disadvantages of landscape fabric https://bit.ly/2UM5y7r

Landscape fabric. It’s what goes under the mulch. Right? I’ve had several conversations with home gardeners looking for a permanent solution to keeping the weeds down and each time I warn them about the use of landscape fabric. If you’re thinking, “Hang on! Landscape fabric doesn’t work?.....

Did you know there are more types of insects on Earth than all other animals combined? In this Entomology Spark Sheet, y...
06/28/2021

Did you know there are more types of insects on Earth than all other animals combined?
In this Entomology Spark Sheet, you'll learn more about the insect world, head on a bug hunt, learn about careers related to Entomology and more!
Ready to start exploring? Head to https://go.illinois.edu/entomologyspark
Spark Ideas. Ignite Possibilities with Project Spark Sheets. Head to https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/project-spark-sheets to view all our Sparks ... they're just waiting for you to light!

Did you know there are more types of insects on Earth than all other animals combined?

In this Entomology Spark Sheet, you'll learn more about the insect world, head on a bug hunt, learn about careers related to Entomology and more!

Ready to start exploring? Head to https://go.illinois.edu/entomologyspark

Spark Ideas. Ignite Possibilities with Project Spark Sheets. Head to https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/project-spark-sheets to view all our Sparks ... they're just waiting for you to light!

Diversity of food systems, issues to tackle propel MFST sophomore | College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sc...
06/27/2021
Diversity of food systems, issues to tackle propel MFST sophomore

Diversity of food systems, issues to tackle propel MFST sophomore | College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences :: University of Illinois https://bit.ly/3dkeTtx

Some of the greatest things about the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are the diverse people you meet and the variety of classes you can take. You might even find your classes challenge some of your previously held ideas and experiences. Lucy Nifong is a sophomore in Metropolitan Food & Envi...

The Morton Arboretum’s outdoor art exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), inspires awe and wonder as it co...
06/27/2021
Human+Nature | The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum’s outdoor art exhibition, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature), inspires awe and wonder as it connects people and trees. https://bit.ly/3jnbTjQ

To plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world

This morning I joined the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Executive Director Richard Monocchio to deliver boxes ...
06/27/2021

This morning I joined the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) Executive Director Richard Monocchio to deliver boxes of fresh produce to vulnerable seniors residing at Victor Walchirk Apartments. This distribution marked the end of a county-wide effort to deliver produce boxes to all of HACC’s properties during the month of June. Using CARES Act funding, HACC partnered with Top Box Foods, a non-profit community-based organization focused on increasing access to healthy and affordable food. Groceries have been delivered to residents of over 1500 households.

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06/27/2021

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The The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund has produced a new guide that offers you step-by-step instructions and examples of how to produce great pollinator habitat. 🐝🦋 Check it out here >> http://ow.ly/xla550Ff3rf #NationalPollinatorWeek

Life Without Farmers
06/27/2021
Life Without Farmers

Life Without Farmers

Can you imagine a world without farmers? From farmers to grocers to chefs – learn how all members of the supply chain rely on one another to feed families ar...

Every year in her garden, Tequia Burt grows at least one heirloom crop to commemorate Juneteenth. https://bit.ly/3zG6cU4
06/20/2021
My Juneteenth Garden | Chicago Botanic Garden

Every year in her garden, Tequia Burt grows at least one heirloom crop to commemorate Juneteenth. https://bit.ly/3zG6cU4

In commemorating Juneteenth this year, we invited Chicago writer Tequia Burt to write about the importance of African American heirloom seeds. Every year in my garden, I grow at least one African American heirloom crop, partly to commemorate Juneteenth. For Black Americans, Juneteenth marks the fina...

Photos from University of Illinois College of ACES's post
06/20/2021

Photos from University of Illinois College of ACES's post

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06/20/2021

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📣 Calling all backyard scientists: Help us save pollinators! 🐝🦋

It's not too late to join the I-Pollinate project. Starting this week, volunteers of all ages from across Illinois will use at-home flower gardens to observe pollinators and submit data to help researchers track their distribution and habitats.

Get started here! 🔗 ipollinate.illinois.edu

06/20/2021

The SUMMER SOLSTICE--the astronomical beginning of summer---takes place at 10:32 pm tonight. That's the moment astronomers calculate the sun's most direct rays are falling as far north on our planet as at any time of the year.
Unfortunately we're not seeing much sun today--but were we, here are a couple of relevant summer solstice facts in Chicago:

1. It's the longest day across the northern hemisphere--but NOT the earliest or latest sunset
2. Were we able to see it, we'd note that the sun crosses the sky at an angle--not a straight line
3. Chicago enjoys over 6 hours more sunlight (weather permitting of course) than on the first day of astronomical winter which typically takes place on or about Dec. 21st
4. The sun is typically higher in the sky at solar noon on the day of the summer solstice than on any other day of the year
5. And again, were we able to see it and cloud cover not so pervasive, we notice the sun rises farthest left (north) and sets farthest right (also north) as you face the horizon than on any other day of the year

Shopping on a budget at farmers markets https://bit.ly/3iUI9dT
06/20/2021
Shopping on a budget at farmers markets

Shopping on a budget at farmers markets https://bit.ly/3iUI9dT

Every year, Illinoisans all over the state take advantage of farmers markets for local, fresh, in-season produce. Illinois is ranked #3 in the nation for having the highest number of farmers' markets. Farmers markets are a great place to enjoy the outdoors while shopping for good deals on local frui...

Register  for Understanding How Memory Works | Summer Self-Care Series: University of Illinois Extension https://bit.ly/...
06/20/2021
Understanding How Memory Works | Summer Self-Care Series

Register for Understanding How Memory Works | Summer Self-Care Series: University of Illinois Extension https://bit.ly/2TR5Klq

Understanding How Memory Works June 23 | Noon Your memories are one of the most important pieces that make you, you! But, have you ever wondered how our brain creates and stores memories? Discover the complexities of human memory in this free online webinar. Using several examples, we’ll consider ...

Our next Community Compost Collection event will be..... in Park Forest!go.illinois.edu/CompostJune26
06/20/2021

Our next Community Compost Collection event will be..... in Park Forest!
go.illinois.edu/CompostJune26

Our next Community Compost Collection event will be..... in Park Forest!
go.illinois.edu/CompostJune26

Every year in her garden, Tequia Burt grows at least one heirloom crop to commemorate Juneteenth.
06/20/2021

Every year in her garden, Tequia Burt grows at least one heirloom crop to commemorate Juneteenth.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County provides more than 350 miles of paved and unpaved trails that are used in a variety ...
06/20/2021

The Forest Preserves of Cook County provides more than 350 miles of paved and unpaved trails that are used in a variety of ways.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County provides more than 350 miles of paved and unpaved trails that are used in a variety of ways. Visitors can walk, run, hike, bike and even ride their horses through diverse habitats. But with so many different uses, how do the trails accommodate everyone?

To promote a peaceful coexistence among all trail users, as well as provide education and information about respectful and safe behavior, the Forest Preserves is hosting Share the Trail programs throughout the summer. During programs, attendees will learn basic rules and etiquette for safely sharing the trail.

Learn How to Safely Share the Trail: https://fpdcc.com/about/rules-regulations/#trail

Check out upcoming events that include Share the Trail programs: https://fpdcc.com/events/category/share-the-trail/

There's still time to submit! We're excited to share Minnesota 4-H Photography's newest challenge to Midwest youth in gr...
06/20/2021

There's still time to submit!
We're excited to share Minnesota 4-H Photography's newest challenge to Midwest youth in grades K-13. The Capture What’s Great in Midwest States 4-H Photography Challenge is all about exploring what makes your town, county, state, or the Midwest great! Submissions due June 30. Learn more: z.umn.edu/Midwest-states-photo-challenge

There's still time to submit!

We're excited to share Minnesota 4-H Photography's newest challenge to Midwest youth in grades K-13. The Capture What’s Great in Midwest States 4-H Photography Challenge is all about exploring what makes your town, county, state, or the Midwest great! Submissions due June 30. Learn more: z.umn.edu/Midwest-states-photo-challenge

06/18/2021

Our next Community Compost Collection event will be..... in Park Forest!
go.illinois.edu/CompostJune26

06/18/2021

What better to celebrate Juneteenth than with food! Stop by the nature center during our 8th Annual Juneteenth Celebration tomorrow and pick up a free grocery box while supplies last from 10am-Noon.

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06/18/2021

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🥕🌎🧡Community gardens grow more than just vegetables! Mount Vernon Community Gardens not only puts fresh produce in front of residents but also builds friendships, teaches gardening and budgeting skills to adults and youth, and provides a place for community members to connect. See how teamwork helped this vision come to life:

🔗 https://extension.illinois.edu/news-releases/community-gardens-change-lives-communities

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06/18/2021

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Celebrate the father figures in your life - dads, step-fathers, grandpas, uncles, brothers, and other role models - this weekend with quality time together:
- Join him in his favorite hobby – golf, gardening, cooking.
- Look at photos or reminisce about your top 10 favorite memories
- Serve others. Not a fan of the spotlight? Clean up a neighbor’s yard, volunteer at a local shelter, or help him finish a project he hasn’t been able to do.

🔗 https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/connection-corner/2021-06-11-6-ways-celebrate-fathers-your-life

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06/18/2021

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Japanese beetles, one of the most infamous garden gluttons, are due to arrive soon. Now is a good time to plan your attack.

- Start scouting early. Japanese beetles follow scent. If one starts chewing on your roses, that signals others to come join.
- Scope out your garden in the morning and bring a bucket of soapy water.
- Knock beetles off the plant into the bucket, the dish soap will keep them from flying away.

🔗 extension.illinois.edu/blogs/garden-scoop/2018-06-30-japanese-beetle-emergence
🔗 extension.illinois.edu/news-releases/protect-your-plants-japanese-beetles

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06/15/2021

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Are you a weather pro? Take our quiz and find out how much you really know!

- In the 1970’s hit song, why can Johnny Nash see clearly now?
- True or False: It is never too cold to snow.
- Small puffy clouds with flat bases are called ______ clouds.

🔗 extension.illinois.edu/blogs/all-about-weather/2021-06-14-how-well-do-you-know-weather

06/15/2021

We're so excited for the official launch of our state-of-the-art Feed Technology Center. Made possible through generous gifts by more than 20 donors, the $20 million center provides learning opportunities for future leaders in the livestock feed and pet food industries, strengthens our connection with local and regional feedstuffs producers, and ensures ACES continues to innovate in the feed technology arena.

Learn more in this story & first-look video:
Video ▶️ bit.ly/3wGkhit
Press release ➡ bit.ly/3cLtP3v

EBM Manufacturing; Compeer Financial; Illinois Farm Bureau; Illinois Pork Producers Association; GSII; Alltech; APEC; Bühler Group; Cablevey Conveyors; Rotex Global, LLC; Vortex - Solids & Bulk Handling Components; Schlagel Manufacturing; ABB; Vermilion Development; Cargill; ADM; JEM International; Fanuc Robot; ASI Industrial; Campbell Coyle Holdings, LLC; Union Special; 4B Components Ltd; Wenger Manufacturing; University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences

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Hello! Would this be a good page to ask gardening questions? thanks!
Join Chicago Master Gardeners program partner: Grace Seeds Ministry in a Thanksgiving Celebration: Stories from the Field and Table! And feel free to invite others, too! (Flyer is attached!) There’s room at the table for everyone! Here are some details about the celebration: Share the Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration! Stories from the Field and Table Saturday, Oct. 19 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 10400 S. Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn, IL Part 1 ~ Come be inspired by Stories from the Field and Table — told by several of our Share the Harvest partners, who are growing and sharing in new and delicious ways! Come share your own growing stories as we celebrate ALL of our partners and a wonderful season of sharing God’s love and abundance! Part 2 ~ A call to action re: SNAP, as millions of our neighbors face the risk of more food insecurity and hunger. Our presenter is Kimberly Drew, Legislative Advocacy Director for Heartland Alliance. Kimberly will help us understand how SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) works and how we can take action to stand with neighbors who will be impacted by proposed funding cuts. As Kimberly notes: “SNAP is our nation’s most effective and efficient anti-hunger program – it helps make sure that people who are struggling to make ends meet are able to put food on the table.” Quick facts: benefits average only about $1.40 per meal. Two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, elderly or disabled. Part 3 (Noon) ~ We’ll FEAST as we give thanks to God and each of our Share the Harvest partners! You are welcome to bring a side dish to share. Let us know you’ll be joining us! To RSVP call 773-495-7865 or email us at [email protected]. See you on Saturday, Oct. 19th! Peace, Rev. Linda Wygant
Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal in the world uses six needle-like mouthparts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift.
Bright fall fountain grass stands out against the dark wild quinine stems in the Lurie Garden