U of I Extension offers upcoming events
From press release
Master Food Preserver Program graduates 10
Ten participants have successfully completed the U of I Extension Master Food Preserver Program. To earn certificates as a Master Food Preserver, participants completed 15 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of lab work. The Master Food Preserver course teaches the proper methods for water bath canning, pressure canning, drying and freezing.
Program graduates are now qualified to provide information and instruction to the general public regarding best practices in safe food preservation.
U of I Extension Master Food Preserver Meghan Bowe is also available to test pressure canner dial gauges at the Winnebago County office. To have this done, individuals should bring their lid with the dial gauge attached to the Extension office at 1925 S. Meridian Road, Rockford. It is recommended to make an appointment for this service. This test is provided to the public at no charge.
Inaccurate gauges can affect the ability of the pressure canner to properly process food, resulting in food that may not be safe to eat. For information and programs on food preservation or pressure canner dial gauge testing, call the U of I Extension office at (815) 986-4357 Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Second Jr. Master Gardener Teacher Institute this July
U of I Extension offices in Stephenson and Winnebago counties will partner to offer a hands-on training institute for teachers interested in incorporating the U of I Extension Jr. Master Gardener Program in their classrooms this 2010/2011 school year. The cost to participate is $100 per person and includes 18 CPDU’s, the teacher/leader guide and the student handbook.
The Jr. Master Gardener Program offers horticultural and environmental science education for youth in grades 1-5. The University of Illinois Extension will provide instruction and hands-on training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29. Two training days will be in Winnebago County, and two will be in Stephenson County. The training institute also includes tours of the U of I Extension vegetable demonstration garden, Little Sprouts garden, Midway Village heritage gardens and the Oakdale Nature Preserve.
Registration is limited. To register online, go to www.extension.illinois.edu/stephenson or call (815) 986-4357.
2010 Plant-a-Row for the Hungry Program
The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County Master Gardeners are determined to collect more than 20 tons of produce in support of the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry Program (PAR) this 2010 growing season.
The Plant-a-Row for the Hungry Program encourages vegetable gardeners across Winnebago County to grow an extra “row” of veggies to be donated to food pantries in the area. It also encourages gardeners to drop off garden produce when they have more than they can use.
The U of I Extension was responsible for the collection and donation of more than 18 tons of garden produce donations last year. Multiple drop-off sites are available:
U of I Extension-Winnebago County (1925 S. Meridian Road) M-F, 9 to 4 p.m.
Rock River Valley Pantry (1080 Short Elm St.) M-F, 9 to 4 p.m.
Midas (1125 S. Alpine) M-F, 9 to 4 p.m.
Edgebrook Farmers Market—Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon
OSF St. Anthony’s (on Roxbury across the street from Rockford Gastroenterology)—Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 986-4357 or access the Web site at www.extension.illinois.edu/winnebago.
U of I Extension Master Gardener Hotline available to answer questions
The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County Master Gardeners are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Winnebago County Extension office to answer horticulture and gardening questions. Master Gardeners can be e-mailed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The general public is encouraged to call or walk in to the office at 1925 S. Meridian Road, or phone (815)986-4357. The U of I Extension Master Gardener volunteers have completed a 60-hour training course and are prepared to answer or research your garden-related questions.
Master Gardeners work with Extension staff, educators and specialists from the U of I Extension system. They volunteer a minimum of 30 hours and complete a minimum of 10 continuing education hours annually. The Master Gardener hotline is a free service provided to the community. Master Gardeners can assist the public in identifying plants, insects, disease and more. They will offer research-based recommendations for care and treatment.
Please access the University of Illinois Extension Web site to learn more about the many programs and services provided by Extension at www.extension.illinois.edu/winnebago.
The U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
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