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October 24, 2014
Save those milkweed seeds!
Monarch caterpillars need milkweed; it's the only plant species they will eat. The strategy of monarchs to eat milkweed — a poisonous plant — has helped monarchs avoid being eaten by predators, but has also proved detrimental because of the continual decline of this vital plant. Once covering vast prairies of Illinois, more than 100 milkweed species must now compete with agriculture, invasive plant species and a bad reputation of being a “weed.” University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup encourages gardeners to collect seeds from milkweeds to add this plant to the landscape for Illinois monarchs. Kelly warns that you may see butterfly enthusiasts along roadsides collecting seeds from coveted weeds and prairie plants known as the milkweeds this fall.

Rush Hour of Bikes!
This video shows rush hour in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where many cycle to work and to school. In Utrecht, 33% of all journeys are by bike. This rate is not the highest in the Netherlands, but they have plans to increase bike travel. Note that the film was made a little late to catch all of the rush hour, and in particular school children were already at school so you won't see the usual masses of children amongst the cyclists. Then check out rush hour in the snow . . . a little slushy!

Gaining Ground: 
The Past, Present and Future of the Southern Illinois Food System 

Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Panel Presentations by Interviewees to Follow
Free natural sodas and locally-grown popcorn!
$7.50 per person donation
Will call reservations available at
Small Farm Webinar Series
Beginning January, 2015
Presented by University of Illinois Extension
The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational series starting next year for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Learn more here.
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