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Spring Planter Workshops for Members Offered at Member Greenhouses this April!

New Planter Workshops offered this Spring at Great Member Greenhouses!  Spring Planter Workshop at Big John’s Farm Market & Greenhouses for members and guests on:  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10 AM - Fee:  $30.00. 1754 E. Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights IL. Class size limited to 20.   Make a spring planter with other Farm Bureau members to display on your porch, patio or balcony area while learning planting tips and tricks from the experts. Your planter will sure to be the envy of neighbors.                                                                                                                                            & ...

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CCFB Awards Cookfresh Grants to Community Gardens!

Cookfresh® is an assistance program designed for Community Gardens in Cook County to beautify their “places and palates.” The Cookfresh Community Urban Garden Grant program offered five $300.00 grants to support urban agriculturists seeking assistance with a community garden. The community gardens will receive $300 in the form of Cook County Farm Bureau “Cookfresh Funds”. *Roots Community Garden located in Palatine: The garden is a collaboration among many community schools, businesses, churches, agencies and volunteers providing food for the underserved in Palatine while providing educational opportunities and hands-on activities for all volunteers. Grant funds will be used to purchase seeds, plantings, flowers and gardening supplies to be used in the garden. *Growing Solutions Farm located in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood, is an urban ag and vocational learning site that is specifically designed for young adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It is ...

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Teacher Workshop April 17, 2018

Earth Day and Our Natural Resources will be the theme of our professional development workshop for teachers on April 17th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Learn new ways to incorporate the topics of soil, water, erosion and more into your curriculum during this two hour program held at the Cook County Farm Bureau. Pre-registration required for this free program by emailing aitc2@cookcfb.org. 2 PDCH credits provided.

Bring Your Classroom Alive! Cook County Teacher PD Workshop 2/27/18

Join the fun at our hands-on educator PD featuring the topics of seeds, eggs and embryology.  Learn new ways to bring science, math and language arts to your curriculum using agriculture resources.  Attendees will walk away with free resources and lesson plans.  Pre-registration required by emailing aitc2@cookcfb.org or calling us at 708-354-3276.  

Community Garden Grant Applications Deadline February 28, 2018

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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Help us Celebrate Food Checkout Day by Partnering with us to Support Ronald McDonald House Charities®

With Food Checkout Day scheduled for February 6, 2018 Farm Bureau families and partners have joined together to assist families during the most difficult time of their lives, when a child is ill.  Food Checkout Day highlights the safe and nutritious food that local farmers grow. Through YOUR support we’ve been able to ensure that a healthy, nutritious meal is not a concern of theirs during these times.  Help us to collect non-perishable food, money, and pop tabs.  Food, cash and pop tab donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Cook County Farm Bureau® 6438 Joliet Road Countryside, Illinois 60525 (708) 354-3276   In 2017, we were able to donate over $10,000 to the five area Ronald McDonald Houses.  Due to your efforts, Ronald McDonald Houses remain open to all families regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Please partner with us to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest ...

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"Food Evolution" Returns

Have a non-farmer friend, relative, doctor, lawyer, dietitian, kid’s teachers or other influencers in the Chicagoland area that could be enlightened and entertained about today’s agriculture? Illinois Farm Bureau, Cook County Farm Bureau, Will County Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Families, Illinois Science Council and the Chicago chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists will host a public screening of "Food Evolution" on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mar Theatre, 121 S. Main Street in Wilmington.

Movie-goers are encouraged to stay after the screening for a panel discussion.  Among the panelists is Gloria Dollinger, Food Nutrition Specialist for the Joliet Park District.

Click here to reserve tickets.  Tickets are free.  Seating is limited so reservations are recommended.

To learn more about “Food Evolution” and to view the trailer visit: https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/


Farming for our Future Gala… Sowing the Seeds of Greatness

A fundraiser to benefit Agricultural Literacy through the CCFB Foundation

Early bird tickets ($100 per ticket) are now available for purchase. Visit the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation page for more sponsorship information. 

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Announces Grants to Counties

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program is proud to announce the Cook County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program received funding of $8800 for the 2017-2018 School Year.   Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom based these grants to counties off of the 2016-2017 year-end reports.  Kevin Daugherty, Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program said, “County level programs are the biggest strength of our IAITC efforts.  The county programs work to integrate agriculture into existing classroom curriculum.” In 2016-2017, the Illinois AITC program reached 661,797 students with a message about agriculture.  Additionally, 40,634 teachers and 1,144 pre-service teachers learned how to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum while meeting state learning standards. “Cook County is privileged to have such a wonderful teaching community who is committed to including agriculture into their lessons from Grades pre-K t ...

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Signup Begins for 2017-2019 CCFB Action Teams/Volunteer Opportunities

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