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.

Earth Week Wednesday features:

The last day of the clothing drive/swap and cardboard recycling. Bring in the clothes you no longer wear or take something new from the bins outside A. Lincoln Commons.

Vendor Fair 10 am – 2 pm Meet baby chickens, learn how to restore furniture, taste local food, pick up seed packets, play giant farm Jenga, and much more fun. Win prizes and learn how to support the environment in our community.

Presentation by Vern LaGesse, Executive Director, Friends of the Sangamon Valley 12-1pm in the R.H. Stephens Room – Preserve and Restore: What we can do to save the best of what’s left of our natural environment.

Join the Green Center in celebrating Earth Week!

Come on out and bring your students for lots of fun all week long!
All programs are outside A. Lincoln Commons unless noted.

Monday through Wednesday
Cardboard recycling and clothing swap/drive all day (anything left will be taken to charity).

Guest speaker, Vern LaGesse on the Science of Restoration, noon-1 p.m., R.H. Stephens Room.

Vendor Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring activities and games with area businesses. Displays by UIS Department of Environmental Studies, Jubilee Farm, Fair Trade store, Food Fantasies, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Red Gate Farm, Entertainment by poet/rapper Tebe Zalango, test drives of the Nissan LEAF electric car, tomato plant sales by the LLCC Environmental Club. Stop by the Green Center booth to learn about how to win prizes including gift cards to Walmart and Subway.

Native Prairie Planting, 9-11 a.m., hands-on planting in the campus prairie.


LLCC Community Garden

Just a few spaces remain in the LLCC Community Garden! Call today to inquire about signing up. Beginning and experienced gardeners are welcome. Garden space has full sun and each person can reserve up to two raised beds for $20 to grow your favorite vegetables, flowers, and fruits. For more information contact Marnie Record at 786-4993.

Green Center to host 13th annual Composting Symposium & Homegrown Fest March 19

LLCC’s Green Center is hosting the first Homegrown Fest and 13th annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Workforce Careers Center. Registrations are being accepted now.

The two events bring together community members to explore topics related to food and gardening with leaders in the field through interactive educational programs. “We are excited to combine the Homegrown Fest with the Composting Symposium for the first time this year to offer an expansive selection of learning opportunities that cover the full sustainable food cycle from growing to cooking and eating, to then returning those nutrients back to the soil and growing more healthy food,” says Marnie Record, workforce specialist at LLCC.  Read more.