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STERLING, Ill. — Whiteside County Master Gardeners Succulent Workshop will be at 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at the Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third St., Sterling.

Learn the basics of soil, water, containers and propagating succulents. Participants will have a plant to work with and take home, as well as cuttings from various succulent species.

Sign up at For more information, call Mary Nelson at 815-632-3611.

Gardening info

TAYLORVILLE, Ill — Not sure which vegetables, fruits or flowers best suit your needs? Is a plant dying or a tree or pest problem? Christian County Master Gardeners will be available at the Taylorville Farmers Market, 101 S. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on August 6 to answer your gardening and gardening questions. Look for the orange tent.

Georgetown Ag. Fair

GEORGETOWN, Ill. – Georgetown Ag. Fair, 6.-13. August, 413 N. Seminary St., Georgetown;; 217-662-6415.

Open Streets Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Extension Master Gardeners of Allen County will host a booth during Open Streets Fort Wayne, noon to 4:00 PM ET on August 7.

The family-friendly event opens up more than two miles of road for walking, biking, rollerblading and numerous activities. The streets will be car-free, so residents can enjoy and see society like never before. Bring your bike this year and take part in the bike parade. There will also be a bike decorating station if you don’t want to decorate your bike at home.

This year’s Open Streets Fort Wayne connects the neighborhoods of West Central, East Central, LaRez, Hoagland Masterson, Historic Williams Woodland, Fairfield and Williams Park directly to the central business district on Calhoun Street. The route is nearly 25 blocks, stretching from Promenade Park to Pontiac Street.

For more information, visit

White County Fair

CARMI, Ill. – White County Fair, 7-13 August, 201 Fairground Road, Carmi;; [email protected]; 618-384-6274 or 618-926-3560.

be prepared

URBANA, Ill. — The online program Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes: Building an Emergency Food and Water Supply will be from 12.00 to 13.00 on August 8.

When emergencies occur, it can take days or weeks before power is restored. Tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards, pandemics and earthquakes all pose a risk to a safe and secure food supply. Having an emergency supply of food and water on hand is important to keep you and your family fed and hydrated until help arrives.

In this session, participants will learn how to build this emergency supply and techniques to extend the shelf life of food.

In addition to having enough food, it is equally important to have safe food and water. There are certain precautions to take to ensure food safety during and after a disaster event. Food safety measures such as temperature control, sanitation and shelf life will be highlighted with special consideration after power failure, flood and fire.

Register at

Idea Garden Open House

ST. CHARLES — See inspiring garden ideas during an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Kane County Master Gardener Idea Garden, 3480 IL-38, St. Charles.

The mission of an idea garden is to showcase gardening methods or designs that are easy to replicate at home. Master Gardeners will be available for questions and discussion.

Follow the Idea Garden on Facebook at

Farm in the park

GALVA, Ill. — Join the University of Illinois Extension and 4-H for a fun day of activities at the Farm in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, Front Street, Galva.

Illinois nutrition and wellness staff will have a series of interactive stations where youth and families can play games while learning the healthy ways to eat and exercise. Recipes and samples from the Illinois Extension’s Eat Move Save nutrition program will be available. Get a free recipe calendar and reusable grocery bag while supplies last.

Youngsters will enjoy farm-related crafts as well as “farmer for a day” stations where kids can simulate picking apples, collecting eggs and milking a cow. Prizes will be awarded to children who complete their activity passes. A petting zoo will be ready with a variety of farm animals.

Extension master gardeners will be there to answer your gardening questions.

The $5 lunch includes a hot dog, chips, apple slices, cookie and drink, with proceeds benefiting Henry County 4-H.

Clark County Fair

MARSHALL, Ill. – Clark County Fair, 8-13 August, 602 N. Second St., Marshall;; [email protected]; 217-826-8005.

Pinney Purdue Vegetable Field Day

WANATAH, Ind. — Pinney Purdue Vegetable Field Day will be from 5 to 8 p.m. CT on Aug. 9 at the Pinney Purdue Ag Center, 11402 S. County Line Road, Wanatah.

Topics will include:

• Are dry beans an option for Indiana farmers? with Ashley Adair.

• Weed Control in No-Till Pumpkins, with Stephen Meyers and Jeanine Arana.

• Drip irrigation equipment and planning with Wenjing Guan and Lyndon Kelley.

• Vegetable Farming Equipment, with Liz Maynard.

• High Tunnels and Cover Crops with Marian Rodriguez-Soto and Tatiana Gill.

• Preservation of your products with Annetta Jones.

• Cover crops with Phil Woolery.

• Irrigation options for vegetables with Nikky Witkowski.

• Sweet Corn: USDA Variety Testing and Soilless Planting, with Liz Maynard.

• Sweet Corn Insect Management, with Laura Ingwell.

Dinner will be included. Sign up at

Tracking farm success

PRINCETON, Ind. – The Getting into Farm Business: Numbers and Ratios program – Tracking your Farm’s progress and success will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT on August 9 at the Princeton Public Library, 124 S. Hart St., Princeton.

The cost is $25. Sign up at

Carroll County Fair

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ill. – Carroll County Fair, 9-13 August, 28374 Milledgeville Road, Milledgeville;; [email protected]; 815-225-7444.

Boone County Fair

BELVIDERE, Ill. – Boone County Fair, 9-14. August, 8791 IL-76, Belvidere;; [email protected]; 815-544-2900.

Cullom Junior Fair

CULLOM, Ill. — Cullom Junior Fair, Aug. 10-13, Cullom;; [email protected]; 815-689-2146.

Cover crops and gardens

URBANA, Ill. — There is a lot of talk about the use of cover crops in agricultural environments. How about in the garden? University of Illinois Extension Educator Duane Friend will discuss using cover crops in gardens, its benefits and field demonstrations of its potential during an online program from 6 p.m. 13:00 to 14:00 on August 11.

The program is part of the Everyday Environment Webinar Series, focusing on a different environmental topic each month. These webinars provide new information about natural resources and help you learn how to make small changes in your lifestyle to have a positive impact on the environment.

Sign up at

Cool season vegetables

ELIZABETH, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty will present the Cool Season Vegetables program at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 11 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth. McCarty will discuss cool season vegetables and how to get the most out of your garden heading into the cooler months of fall.

The cost is $5. Sign up at

For more information, call 815-858-2273 or visit


CLINTON, Ill. — The DeWitt Master Gardener Help Desk will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 11, at the Vespasian Warner Library, 310 N. Quincy St., Clinton.

Talk to master gardeners in person to learn gardening tips and get answers to all your gardening questions.

Fermenting vegetables

ROCKFORD, Ill. — The workshop Yes, You Can: Preserve It Safely: The Art of Fermenting Vegetables will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 11 at the Winnebago County Extension office, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford .

Fermentation, like drying, is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. It is also used to make other foods, such as cheese, yogurt, alcohol, and sourdough bread. Fermentation is a natural process in which microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, convert carbohydrates into alcohol or organic acids under ideal conditions.

There are several different methods used in fermentation and they can be divided into four types based on the final product formed. They include lactic acid fermentation, alcoholic fermentation, acetic acid fermentation and butyric acid fermentation. Lactic acid fermentation, or lacto-fermentation, uses lactic acid-producing bacteria and some yeasts to break down the sugars in food to form lactic acid and sometimes alcohol or carbon dioxide. Fermenting vegetables in this way can extend shelf life and break down some vegetables’ components, making them easier to digest and absorb.

Learn about the importance of salt, water, temperature, the types of containers used, and basic food safety practices for fermenting vegetables.

The cost is $5. Sign up at

Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Fair, 11-21. August, 801 Sangamon Ave., Springfield;; 217-782-6661.

August garden seminar

TRERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The August Oughtas: You Aren’t Done in the Garden Yet program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Aug. 13 at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, 3901 S. US Hwy. 41, Terre Haute.

Gardening experts will discuss gardening activities that should take place later in the summer and into the fall season. Presentations in the community building on the fairgrounds will include:

• Edible Landscaping: Beautify your home with edible plants.

• Autumn gardening: What to plant in August and until the late-season harvest.

• Preparing your plants for winter: Winterizing the landscape and lawn, tips for fall pruning, planting for fall color.

In addition to the presentations, there will be live demonstrations showing how to sharpen gardening tools, DIY cold frames and using yoga to help those sore gardening muscles. You will be able to examine a live honey bee setup and ask the beekeeper questions about keeping live honey bees. Staff of the Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District will demonstrate the benefits of pruning garden cover. They will also discuss the importance of soil testing, demonstrate how to do it and will offer to perform free soil tests at home for people who sign up for the seminar.

To round out the seminar attractions, a variety of vendors will have garden-related items available for purchase. Tours will also be given of the Wabash Valley Master Gardeners Association’s Giving Garden, which is used to raise about 10,000 pounds of produce annually for local food pantries. Demonstrations and vendors will be located at the Vigo County Fairgrounds on the lawn in front of the 4-H Building.

The event takes place rain or shine. For more information, visit the website or email [email protected]

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