Extension News from Carroll, Lee and Whiteside


Walk for Hunger Event May 6 in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS, Ill – Join Illinois Extension Saturday, May 6th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at Centennial Park, Rock Falls, IL, as we raise awareness about hunger and support the health of our neighbors. To participate in the walk, bring one healthy shelf-stable food item to be donated to Sauk Valley Food Bank to distribute to local food pantries; no registration is required.

As our first-ever Walk for Hunger event, we hope to have the community rally around this critical need. Enjoy fun, family activities along the walking path as you take steps to end hunger. Check-in at the Larson Shelter. For more information, contact Extension Program Coordinator Marcia Cruse at 815-632-3611.

Gardening Series Taking Place at Lanark Community Garden

LANARK, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce a free gardening series, Learning in Lawn Chairs, starting May 18th at the Lanark Community Garden, 26549 Us Hwy 52, Lanark. Extension Horticulture Educator Bruce Black will present this series each month from May to October. Learning in Lawn Chairs is for anyone interested in learning more about gardening, growing food in a home or community garden, or looking for ideas for the upcoming growing season.

Carroll County Master Gardeners will be on hand at each session to answer any questions. No registration is required and remember to bring your lawn chairs. We will meet rain or shine; tents and water will be available. The first session will be May 18 from 3-4:30 PM, and we will discuss ways to plant in practical containers, raised beds, and straw bales. We will have demonstrations and have time to answer any gardening questions you may have to start your garden.

Master Gardeners will also share information about their favorite gardening tools and ask people to bring any seeds they want to share. For more information on the series, visit: go.illinois.edu/learninginlawnchairs

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