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Horticulture Help Desk open weekday mornings

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT

University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners offer a free service answering garden questions at the Horticulture Help Desk from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday throughout the growing season.  

Master Gardeners research topics about insects, trees, shrubs, plants, vegetables, fruits, gardens, lawns and more. Master Gardeners supply research-based answers to questions, and take time to find the information needed for a specific circumstance. Master Gardeners do not make house calls, but residents can bring samples to the University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County office, located in the Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture building at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. 

Call the Master Gardeners at 815-758-8194, stop by the office or email a question to uiemg-dekalb@illinois.edu. Master Gardener volunteers will ask some diagnostic questions to understand your horticulture situation, then will call back after they have done their research. The Horticulture Help Desk is a free service.

Tractor Trot benefits Feed’em Soup

CAST Foundation’s fifth annual 5K Tractor Trot will be held at 9 a.m. June 8 in Malta. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Feed’em Soup Community Project.

Feed’em Soup’s mission is “to empower our community by serving fresh food with compassion and respect in a restaurant quality environment to anyone – regardless of situation, background or ability to pay – while strengthening our community and nourishing hope.”

The 5K Tractor Trot is a USATF-certified and sanctioned event. All pre-registered runners will receive a 5K Tractor Trot T-shirt. There will be awards, a raffle and a post-race party. All ages and walkers are welcome. Fees are $25 for pre-registered participants and $30 for race-day registration.

More information and registration is available at www.tractortrot.com.

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