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2018 Community Garden Grant Applications Available!

2018 Cookfresh® Community Urban Garden Grant Program Application Available! Cookfresh® Community Urban garden Grant Program is designed to “help” community gardens access needed plantings, seed, raised bed construction material, soil, compost, fencing and more.   Cookfresh® Cook County will award five (5) $300.00 grants to urban/community gardens in Cook County that are seeking to enhance their garden’s success.  A grant application sub-committee will evaluate applications and award five garden grants.   Awarded Cookfresh® grant funds are in the form of vouchers, redeemable same as cash at participating CCFB member Greenhouses and Garden Centers.   Application: To download an application, click HERE or contact Debbie:708-354-3276 or by email at membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org. Available January 3, 2018. Deadline: Grant application need to be emailed, faxed or postmarked by Tuesday, February 28, 2018 to be cons ...

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FARM CRAWL on Saturday, August 19th...please join us for our very first Farm Crawl of member Farms & Agribusinesses!

Print your Passport to Ag booklet.


If we don't count horses, do horses count?

It is easy to overlook horses in the agricultural landscape now that we don't depend on them for power, but their importance remains. The American Horse Council (AHC) is taking a national survey of the economic impact of U.S. horses in which Illinois will participate as a focus state. Horse owners have until July 17 to participate. Why is it important to participate? Horses are big creatures – it’s hard to hide a horse. Yet as an agriculturally important economic entity, horses are essentially hidden. It is easy to overlook horses in the agricultural landscape now that we don’t depend on them for power. Horses are unique among large farm animals in that they routinely reside in the suburbs and even in cities. Horses may be the only large farm animal an average American ever encounters, thus horses act to bridge a widening gap between the nonfarm life and agriculture. But since they are not used for food or fiber, horses do not funnel through a common marketplace where they can be ...

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2017 Recipe Collection is Available!

16 Cook County Farm Bureau® members submitted recipes using fresh, local ingredients that are available to be purchased from member Farm Stands and Farm Markets.  To receive a free Recipe Brochure call the CCFB office at 708.354.3276 or email Debbie at membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org to request one or download a copy by clicking on the photo below! 

Congratulations - 2017 Cookfresh Community Garden Grant Recipients!

IDOA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

Grant Application - Deadline April 28th

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been allocated funds next federal fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  These funds will support projects that are intended to expand the availability of fresh, locally-grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. Applications for funds are due April 28, 2017.  Program details and application available online at: https://www.agr.state.il.us/speciality-crop-grants/ or by calling (217)524-9129.

The USDA defines specialty crops as "fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, horticulture and nursery crops (including floricuture)."

Spring Planter/Container Workshop Series continues...3 new member greenhouse locations!

New Exclusive Member Benefit - MayflowerTours - added member savings to travel locally or see the world!

Additional Information Contact:

To begin your Life Enriching Experience and learn more about MayflowerTours all Imelda and state you’re a Cook County Farm Bureau member to receive the    added savings (code: ccfb16) at:         

· Call: Imelda at 630-435-8264

· Email: Imelda@mayflowertours.com

· Online: www.mayflowertours.com

 



Winter~Holiday Container Member Workshop offered at Jim Melka's Garden Center! Register now!




Winners named at the Giant Pumpkin, Local Honey, Dessert & Decorating Contests held Saturday!

Thank you to Puckerville Farms in Lemont for hosting the 16th annual Giant Pumpkin Contest & Activities!  Here are this years winners:

               

Giant Pumpkin - Adult Division        Giant Pumpkin - Youth Division Local Honey Contest Winner
1st place: Roger Freeman 511 pounds 1st place:  John Piecuch, Jr - 101 lbs 1st Place:  Mike Davies

Pumpkin -Dessert 1st Place Winner:  Maricela Rivera
                
12-16 Years Youth Decorating  7-11 Years Decorating  0-6 Years Decorating

Thank you to all who came out in the weather and enjoyed this long standing Fall event!
     


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