LLCC farm stand open today 1:30-4:30 p.m.

You can buy produce grown on campus today at the LLCC farm stand, located outside the A. Lincoln Commons. It will be open from 1:30-4:30 pm (or until sold out). Available produce includes salad mix, spinach, parsley, cilantro, dill, tomato plants, and a few other surprises! Please note the stand accepts cash only, and small bills are appreciated.

LLCC receives NCR-SARE grant

LLCC has recently been recommended to receive a $2,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, “Sustainable Agriculture Youth Workforce Development Program.” The grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Youth Educator Program, which supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth.

The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project’s relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE’s goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.

The grant will be used for a hands-on sustainable agriculture training program for low-income, disadvantaged community youth in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois. Participants will be introduced to all aspects of gardening from soil to harvest. The students will be given entrepreneurial experience through the management of a farm stand. In addition, in order to develop leaders and future employees, the kids will learn life skills such as problem solving, working in a team, communication, and time management.

Earth Day activities tomorrow!

Bird Banding, 8-11 a.m., (NOTE NEW START TIME.) Bird Banding Station (behind Cass Gym). Join Biology Professor Tony Rothering and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders President Vern Kleen and learn about their process to capture, band and release birds, and record information which is added to a data pool on bird migration patterns. Observers may stop in for a visit or stay the entire time.

Earth Day Vendor Fair, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Discover and learn about the various organizations, individuals, and businesses on campus and in the community working on programs, projects and educational tools geared toward sustainability and earth stewardship. Visitors can experience a human-powered bicycle making fresh fruit smoothies, recycled paper being turned into art and demonstrations on making recycled beads. Locally grown items will be available for purchase. The LLCC Environmental Club will sell Earth Day T-shirts and take orders for heirloom tomato plants, and the LLCC Epicurian Club will provide snacks. Vendors include: Acbees Apiaries, City of Springfield Public Works Division of Waste and Recycling, Elevate Energy, Food Fantasies, Girl Scouts, Grow Springfield (a network of community gardens), Habitat for Humanity, Inspiro Café, Jubilee Farm, LLCC Epicurean Club, Springfield Vegetarian Association and Willow Creek Farm.

Honey bee presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Learn about the life of a honey bee and its role in human lives and the environment from a longtime beekeeper.

Planting Successions, noon, LLCC Community Garden (behind LLCC Workforce Careers Center). Learn how to space plantings to harvest your favorite crops all season long.

Art Viewing, path from Sangamon Hall annex to the bridge. Tour a selection of natural land art created in the style of earth artists by LLCC 3D design students using materials from the LLCC environment. Display complete Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting.

More information is available by calling 217.786.4993 or emailing marnie.record@llcc.edu.

Celebrate Earth Week April 22 and 26

The Green Center at Lincoln Land Community College is sponsoring a number of activities April 22 and 26 in celebration of Earth Week. The public is invited. The following activities are free and will take place on the LLCC-Springfield campus, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, April 22
Zombie Run Fundraiser for LLCC Food Pantry, 9 a.m.-noon, Cass Gym. Exercise, enjoy nature and have fun for a cause at the LLCC Student Government Association’s 5K Zombie Run. Fee to participate: donation of $10 or 5 items for the LLCC Food Pantry. To register, go to: https://sgazombierun.eventbrite.com.

Springfield Winter Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. 7th St., Springfield. Local farmers will offer a selection of locally grown meats, cheeses, produce, baked goods and more. Admission to the market is free.

Wednesday, April 26
Bird Banding, 7-11 a.m., Bird Banding Station (behind Cass Gym). Join Biology Professor Tony Rothering and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders President Vern Kleen and learn about their process to capture, band and release birds, and record information which is added to a data pool on bird migration patterns. Observers may stop in for a visit or stay the entire time.

Earth Day Vendor Fair, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Discover and learn about the various organizations, individuals, and businesses on campus and in the community working on programs, projects and educational tools geared toward sustainability and earth stewardship. Visitors can experience a human-powered bicycle making fresh fruit smoothies, recycled paper being turned into art and demonstrations on making recycled beads. Locally grown items will be available for purchase. The LLCC Environmental Club will sell Earth Day T-shirts and take orders for heirloom tomato plants, and the LLCC Epicurian Club will provide snacks. Vendors include: Acbees Apiaries, City of Springfield Public Works Division of Waste and Recycling, Elevate Energy, Food Fantasies, Girl Scouts, Grow Springfield (a network of community gardens), Habitat for Humanity, Inspiro Café, Jubilee Farm, LLCC Epicurean Club, Springfield Vegetarian Association and Willow Creek Farm.

Honey bee presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons. Learn about the life of a honey bee and its role in human lives and the environment from a longtime beekeeper.

Planting Successions, noon, LLCC Community Garden (behind LLCC Workforce Careers Center). Learn how to space plantings to harvest your favorite crops all season long.

Art Viewing, path from Sangamon Hall annex to the bridge. Tour a selection of natural land art created in the style of earth artists by LLCC 3D design students using materials from the LLCC environment. Display complete Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting.

More information is available by calling 217.786.4993 or emailing marnie.record@llcc.edu.

LLCC observes Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 26

Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday, Oct. 26. The public is invited to join a campus sustainability tour and attend “Lunch and Learn” at the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

The campus sustainability tour will begin at the Workforce Careers Center at 10 a.m. Discover what’s green about our campus while enjoying time outside on this walking tour. Highlights include the community garden and high tunnels, native prairie and bee hives. In addition, information about the LLCC Green Center will be on display outside A. Lincoln Commons and the campus community will have the opportunity to contribute to sidewalk chalk art.

“Lunch and Learn” will take place at noon at the outdoor classroom located next to Sangamon Hall.  Bring your lunch and learn about energy efficiency and cost-saving opportunities currently available to area residents. A representative from Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization, will help you understand how basic changes in building design, maintenance and monitoring can decrease energy use and create savings.  Free snacks will be available.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 786.2407.

Community Garden Farm Stand

The farm stand will be open today at Bistro Verde starting at 11:30 a.m. Available produce this week includes kale, collards, spinach, bok choy, radish, beets, and one head of lettuce. Thanks to Emmi and Bella Fischer, LLCC students, for growing the food!

Community Garden Farm Stand opens today!

The LLCC Community Garden Farm Stand will open today, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. or until we are sold out, whichever comes first. The farm stand will be located in the Workforce Careers Center with Bistro Verde services. Quantities and schedule of availability will be limited with dates and crops shared prior to the Wednesday events.

The first farm stand will feature kale, bok choi, sweet and lemon basil, turnips, and cherry tomatoes. Delicious samples of smoothies made by the Culinary Arts team will be offered as well!

The high tunnels in the garden are being tended by two student workers who are growing food for the first time.  Please come by to support their work and tremendous efforts to bring you healthy, fresh produce.

What’s the Buzz!?

photoLLCC is now home to two donated honey bee hives! The LLCC Sustainability Committee was approached in the spring about placing bee hives on the campus. Beekeeper Dr. Stu Jacobson worked with committee member Steve Handy and workforce specialist Marnie Record to make sure the bees found a location identified as a good place for the bees as well as a safe place for those on campus. The bees are located on the southeast end of campus along the tree line. Signs will be posted near the hive area to alert people of the location. Most recently, community education students in Bee Series: Fall Management, were able to have a live demonstration at the site. In the future, credit classes will be able to incorporate the bee hives into their academic learning and Community Learning will be able to expand their class offerings. If you would like to read about all the benefits of bees, check out Jessica Tucker’s article on One Green Planet titled: How Bees Benefit Other Living Things. The college will surely benefit from bees in ways described in the article which include:

  • Benefits to our prairies and flower bearing plants – the perfect relationship in nature; bees need flowers and flowers need bees!
  • Agriculture – did you know pollination of agricultural crops are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat!
  • Providing food – who doesn’t like honey!
  • Acting as environmental indicators –the decline of bees is an indicator that something is amiss in our environment – perhaps the effects of pesticides!

For more information contact Julie Rourke, chair, Sustainability Committee.