Blog Archives

Igniting a Movement of Making in OUR Community!

Over 425 people attended Make-Explore-Share this past Saturday.  Discover all of the cool and unique "making" opportunities that were available to participants.  Thank you to our community partners including The Decatur Arts Council, Millkin University Center for Entrepreneurship, City of Monticello and the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce.  Check out the full story in the Herald & Review entitled People ... Read More

Red Cabbage, Beets, Curry Powder – What Are We Making?

Who would have ever thought that you could color eggs with red cabbage, beets, curry powder and grape juice. Check out what Theresa Churchill from the Herald & Review found out about creating naturally dyed eggs in a class offered by University of Illinois Extension.  Thanks to Jim Bowling for the photos and Theresa Churchill for Natural Colors Unleash Egg ... Read More

4-H Family Food Challenge

Macon County 4-H members and their families were showcased on the Herald & Review website in a photo gallery showcasing the 4-H Family Food Challenge. Teams were tasked with creating a healthy snack with mystery ingredients. Check out all of the great photos that were taken by Herald & Review Photographer, Lisa Morrison by checking out this 4-H Family Food ... Read More

Impacting Our Community

University of Illinois Extension is proud to be celebrating our 100th Anniversary. Thanks to the Herald & Review, U of I Extension's history and future were showcased in the paper. Thanks to Emily Steele for the great article entitled Cooperative Extension Still Relevant After 100 Years. Take a look for yourself and see how we are still impacting our community ... Read More

Be Your Own Diet Detective

Thanks to a collaboration with the Decatur Family YMCA, Caitlin Huth provided a program on "Be Your Own Diet Detective." Session one of a four part Workplace Wellness Series, the programs are open to the public.Check out the Herald & Review articled entitled Nutrition Claims Require Examination written by Emily Steele. ... Read More

Take the Family Mealtime Challenge!

University of Illinois Extension is encouraging families to eat together the week of September 21st.  Thanks to a grant from the Obesity Prevention Coalition, families can sign-up to get free e-mail tips about everything from time saving recipes to getting your entire family involved in the cooking process.  The challenge for families is to eat 5 meals together within 1 ... Read More

Nelson Hosts Mid-American Gardener

Our very own Jennifer Nelson had the opportunity to host Mid-American Gardener this past July. Enjoy the program and learn more about moon flowers, fireblight, and bald cypress trees.   ... Read More

Nutrition in the Pantry

Creating healthy meals from what you have is not always easy.  See how University of Illinois Extension staff are helping people do this right here in Macon County.  Check out the article Nutrition in the Pantry written by Theresa Churchill from the Herald & Review.  Thanks to Lisa Morrison for the great photos! ... Read More

From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates….

From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates can teach you tons of great information on Cottage Food Operation.  Thanks to the Herald & Review for showcasing this great program taking place in Macon County! ... Read More

Can You Believe This!

WAND TV came to our very own Doug Gucker to talk about 2014 corn yields. Check out what everyone is talking about here in Macon County! ... Read More