SunBlog_View

News

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.                                                                                                                                            & ...

Read the rest of entry »

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 ...

Read the rest of entry »

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 ...

Read the rest of entry »

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 ...

Read the rest of entry »

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

 



Pages: Prev1234NextReturn Top