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Herb Garden Design and Planting 

Thursday, June 26

LLCC Workforce Careers Center

9:00am - noon

This workshop provides the ideas, inspiration, and guidelines you need to design and plant the herb garden you have always wanted. Deborah Lee of Four Winds Farm and former president of the Illinois Herb Association will present examples to inspire and give instruction on ways to transform a collection of herb plants into a well-designed and useful garden. The workshop will also cover companion gardening, transplanting, and maintaining herbs to achieve a pleasing and productive garden.

Particpants are asked to dress appropriately for hands-on gardening learning, and prepare for outdoor weather conditions.

Contact Registration at 217-786-2292 using course code WST 035-03 WF, $30

Sugar Grove Family Farms Tour

Sunday, June 29

Greenview, Illinois

1:00 pm

Slow Food Springfield and the University of Illinois Extension present a free guided tour of  Sugar Grove Family Farms featuring 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, heritage pork, and pastured chicken. Farm practices and beliefs extend beyond USDA organic standards with dedicated care for the land, the animals, and the health of the community. Tour participants will see rare breeds of animals, experience life on the farm, learn what a day looks like for a sustainable farmer, and explore the issues a small-scale farmer faces to maintain a viable business.

Following the tour, participants will have the opportunity to purchase a chef-made sampling plate for $5 featuring products raised on the farm to introduce participants to the flavors of heritage breeds.

The farm tour is family friendly. Carpooling is available from the University of Illinois Extension office at 700 S. Airport Drive in Springfield. The carpool group will leave at 12:30pm. For more information or to reserve a space on the tour, contact Marnie Record at or 217-786-4993.

Roots to Rooftop Tour: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture, and a Rooftop Garden

Sunday, July 27

Gardens around the Springfield area with headquarters at the Illinois Executive Mansion

1:00 - 4:00 pm

A school garden, a rooftop garden, an urban farm, and other neighborhood and community gardens will be the featured stops on an upcoming urban agriculture and garden tour throughout the Springfield area. Learn how community gardens and urban agriculture are changing the landscape of Springfield, growing vibrant communities, and creating a healthier future.

Guests can visit any of the sites on the tour they choose. The main information site will be at the Illinois Executive Mansion located at 410 E. Jackson Street. Tour information will also be available at each of the tour sites.

All participating garden sites, along with addresses and maps, can be found on the Extension website at (go to Find Events).

During the tour, Slow Food Springfield will provide complimentary refreshments at the Illinois Executive Mansion. Ice pops and lemonade from Fancy Pants Pops will also be available for sale at one of the host sites, Prairie City Farm.

The Springfield area sites on the tour include:

  • genHkids gardens at Douglas School and Seeds of Possibility Community Garden at Cook Street
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture Community Garden
  • Illinois Executive Mansion
  • Jefferson Park Community Garden
  • Maldaner's Rooftop Garden
  • The Neighborhood Gardens and The Neighborhood Gardens Too
  • Prairie City Farm
  • Springfield Community Federation Garden of Eaten
  • Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center
  • Springfield Urban League 11th Street Community Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension 4-H Unity of Faith Part I and II Gardens

Contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617 or for more information.

Agritourism: Farmer Intensive Training

June 23-25

Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, Champaign, IL


Looking for another revenue stream for your farm?

Want to educate people about where good food comes from?

Need legal and liability information regarding bringing the public onto your farm?

Join The Land Connection from June 23-25 at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, IL to
explore the practices, marketing, economics, and legal issues
surrounding agritourism in a three-day intensive training event.

Attendees will:

  • receive in-depth advice and insight on operating agritourism businesses, including topics like pricing, infrastructure, commercial kitchens, marketing, and personnel management
  • get a thorough breakdown of the legal issues inherent to bringing the public onto your farm
  • discover the lucrative potential of agritourism and its many corollary benefits such as volunteer labor, public education and free publicity
  • go on detailed, guided tours of successful agritourism businesses in the "Land of Lincoln" of Central Illinois

To register, click here. Registration is $350.00 until May 15 and $400.00 until close of registration on June 15. This fee includes:

  • meals prepared with local foods by Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Alisa Demarco
  • all tours and tastings
  • an extensive binder of resources
  • the knowledge and confidence that you need to take back to your farm to start or expand your own agritourism enterprise


For more details, including our stellar line-up of speakers and tours, plus information about travel and accommodations, please see the Agritourism Intensive webpage.





Welcome to the LLCC Green Center

Welcome to the GREEN CENTER at Lincoln Land Community College. The GREEN CENTER serves as a resource for LLCC students, faculty, and staff as well as Springfield-area businesses and community members who are seeking information related to green jobs training and sustainability.

This website provides general information, a variety of resources, and specific, actionable pointers on topics including:

  • Green jobs education, training, and employment opportunities

  • Campus sustainability

  • Green building

  • Green landscaping

  • Green business

  • Energy conservation

  • Water conservation

  • Waste reduction and recycling

  • Local and organic food

  • Transportation

  • And more

Learn more about the Green Center on our About page. And be sure to browse the links located to the left.


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If you get an opportunity take a look at the great article by Kim Blomquist about Sustainability in the Culinary Arts at LLCC.  It was Published in the October 2013 issue of College Planning & Management magazine  Click on the following link to READ IT.
Connect with the LLCC Green Center

Learn what you can recycle on campus by clicking here.

View the first issue of the Green Center newsletter [PDF] by clicking here.

Visit our Contact page to learn how to get in touch with the Green Center.

Check out our LLCC Green blog for additional information on green jobs training and sustainability.

Stop by our Facebook page, and be sure to visit the Discussion Board.

And don't forget to follow @LLCCgreencenter on Twitter!

All About Local Food

Learn all about local food in the Lincoln Land district, watch clips of our PBS canning and preserving and organic food shows, and get recipes you can make tonight using local food. Check out our Local Food page or go straight to the videos and recipes by clicking here.