The University of Illinois Extension Office has been promoting their local food initiative, in an effort to get more people eating and consuming locally grown food. As a part of the initiative, the Extension is offering classes to kids and adults alike to teach them how they can utilize locally grown foods.
Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with the U of I Extension Office appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and had more details on some of these classes. The first class the extension is offering aims to teach children about growing and using fresh herbs.
Another class the extension is offering is aimed more towards adults, and will teach how to grow and preserve fresh strawberries and cucumbers.
The Extension Office is now able to offer these classes to the public free of charge, due to a grant received through the Lumpkin Family Foundation.