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University of Illinois Extension to offer junior master gardeners program

WOODSTOCK – A new Junior Master Gardeners program is being offered to youth ages 9 to 18 through the University of Illinois Extension and 4-H.

This program will be taught by University of Illinois master gardeners and will offer guest speakers, hands-on activities and community service hours.

This is a yearlong program with the first class expected to receive certification in the fall of 2014. 

One of this summer’s community service projects will be to plant a vegetable garden/demo garden, in partnership with Kolze’s Corner Gardens, at the McHenry County Fairgrounds. The participants will provide information to fair attendees and then donate the harvest to Kolze’s as part of their “Attack Hunger” program in cooperation with the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” Program.

The first meeting of the Junior Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. Friday. 

For information, contact Janine Heidtke at 815-338-3737 or jheidtke@illinois.edu.

– Northwest Herald

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