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The local foods movement is alive and well in Champaign County! Here are some updates on other projects while we finalize our virtual market:

Local Producers Map:
Our local producers map is ready for publication and you will soon be able to find it on gochampaign.com. Copies will be distributed around the community, in the local telephone book, and other “hangouts”. The guide lists the location and contact information for nearly 50 local producers within our county. The map was a project of the Local Food Council and printed with the help of some local sponsors including the Monument Square District, Champaign Bank, the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau and others. It is a great start to finding a local source for Champaign County’s finest!



 
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It’s time to highlight some of the great resources available in our county and the hard work of the group known as the Master Gardeners. We all know Charlene Stapleton needs to be thanked personally for the heavy lifting she does but what better way than to support their programming! Check out the following classes and continue the joy of life-long learning!

Come Wednesday, March 13, from 6-7:45 PM for “Vegetable Gardening the Organic Way” taught by Jan Dawson and Andy Reinhart who have gardened organically for 25 years. They use hoop-houses and raised beds to work their magic. They are awesome folks and a world of knowledge! You will not want to miss this I promise!

Are you free on Wednesday, March 27 from 6-7:45 PM for learning about Earth Box Container Gardening? Come learn from the experts and get handouts on how to DIY! Plus free seeds will be given away!

Make plans on Wednesday, April 10 from 6-7:45 for “Let’s Talk Water: Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels”. Come for ideas on how to better utilize rain water and conserve this wonderful resource!

Join Charlene Saturday, April 27 from 10-11:30 am for Make-it-take-it class and herb sale! Herb gardens in a container! Bring gloves and a small trowel and they will furnish the plants, soil, container and handouts! Class fee is $25 for this one and class is limited to 25. Register at 937-653-3811 and all proceeds go to projects like the butterfly program for the county elementary schools, Market Street Community Garden and distribution of materials. Herb plants will also be got sale at this session.

All programs are taught at the Champaign County Library and are an awesome way to fill your brain! I know I have left off some of the details that can be found in yesterday’s Urbana Daily Citizen. If you need more details, feel free to email me or contact Charlene Stapleton directly as my hunch is she is teaching all these sessions. I could be wrong but she is at home working on her cape as we speak. She is Superwoman, you know? I’m not sure I am supposed to share her identity but the cat has been out of the bag for years! Thanks for all you do for us Charlene! You make our community a better place because of your elbow grease!