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Boone County Farm Stroll

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3 Belvidere, IL 61008
Have you ever wondered where goat cheese comes from? Or how wool becomes yarn? Or where all those beautiful vegetables at the farmers market are actually grown? Well, we have a free, family-friendly event where you can satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities! On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, from noon to 5:00p.m., University of Illinois Extension will host the Boone County Farm Stroll, during which more than a dozen highly-diversified family farms producing food, fiber, and fun will all be open to the public! There will be farm tours, demonstrations, and of course fresh local food sampling and sales. Farms on the route raise fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, chicken and duck eggs, pumpkins, grapes for wine, bees for honey, sheep and alpacas for fiber, goats and cattle for milk, a variety of meat animals. Prepared food will be available for purchase at several locations. Pick up your map at the Extension office in Belvidere (205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3, next to Shopko) the day of the event or before to help you plan your relaxing, educational, and delicious Sunday drive with the family through the Boone County countryside. Find more information on Facebook (Boone County Farm Stroll) the Boone County Extension website (, or call us at 815-544-3710. See you on the Farm Stroll!

Judy Hodge

Perennials for the Shade

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
This presentation By Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI, will focus on a few shade plants that are good performers, not just new plants that have not been trialed.

Carrie Schommer

Hiking for Hounds

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
It’s time for Klehm’s annual celebration of our best friend – the dog. Bring your costumed canine friends to spend a day enjoying and exploring our entire 155 acres of gardens and grounds. At 1pm that day, dog owners are encouraged to enter their furry friends into a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded, and everyone will be able to take home good memories and pictures. In addition, there will be vendors with pet-friendly products to visit and an adoption event featuring local advocacy organizations.

Half Price Admission: $3 adults, $1.50 seniors, kids and students.
Members: Free

Sarah Lambert

Meditation in the Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Do you have a busy lifestyle and need to slow down and see the beauty in the world around you? The tranquil gardens at Klehm will be the backdrop for a new meditation class held weekly on Saturday mornings. Join this new class and learn the practice of Vipassana meditation.

Meaning of the word “Vispassana”

“Vipassanā” comes from the Indo-Aryan language of Pali. It translates to “insight” or “seeing deeply”.

Purpose of Vipassanā Meditation

To calm and clear the mind
To view the world with clarity
To find balance within the self

The practice of Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana meditation is done in a relatively quiet place. It can be done alone or with a group. The focus of the meditation is the self and its responses to the stimulus that affect it. The journey of self-transformation is done through observing how the self reacts to external and internal sensations. This is a journey through the micro and macro cosmos.

Where, when, and what to bring
Weekly on Saturdays at 9:30 A.M to 10:30 A.M. at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Nothing is needed, but feel free to bring a cushion, pillow, mediation stool, or anything of comfort to sit on as the session will last roughly an hour and will be held outside in the gardens.

Phung Nguyen will conduct the class.

Members: Free
Non-Members: Included with Admission

Carrie Schommer 815-965-8146