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U of I Extension program, Living on the Land, comes to Winnebago County

August 18, 2010

From press release

A new University of Illinois Extension program, Living on the Land, comes to Winnebago County. Living on the Land is a 13-week course designed to help small-acreage landowners manage their land and become good stewards of their property and the environment by conserving natural resources and protecting water quality.

More than 22,000 Winnebago County residents live in rural communities. Many of these residents own small tracts of land that may be too large for simple lawns, yet too small to farm. Consequently, some owners aren’t sure how to best utilize the extra space. Living on the Land is designed to help these individuals inventory their resources, explore potential income opportunities, and develop realistic goals to determine the best use for their acreage.

U of I Extension Educators will team up with local environmental policy professionals to teach classes on soils, wells and septic systems, local laws and regulations, water quality, streams and ponds, lawn management, pastures and managed grazing systems, animal husbandry, wildlife conservation and concerns, marketing and economics, sustainability and much more.

Living on the Land will be held every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm, beginning Aug. 25 and ending Nov. 17, 2010. The course costs $250 per person ($310 per couple) for Winnebago County residents, $300 per person ($375 per couple) for non-Winnebago County residents. To register, visit http://web.extension.-illinois.edu/winnebago or call Living on the Land program coordinator Jackie de Batista at (815) 986-4357 for more information.

From the Aug. 18-24, 2010 issue

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