From the monthly archives:

April, 2013

Gardeners Encouraged to Enter the 2013 Paint the Yard Contest

Farm Bureau members are encouraged to enter their yards and container gardens in the 2013 Paint the Yard contest.  After purchasing and planting $100 or more of perennials, annuals, or nursery plants from a participating Cook County garden center, complete the Paint the Yard entry form (available at and submit it to Cook CFB by June 17.  Photos of the garden are due via email to on or before July 22. On-line voting will begin on July 22 at   Entry forms, additional rules, and a list of participating Cook County greenhouses and garden centers are available at Cook County Farm Bureau’s website or by calling (708) 354-3276. First place entries in the popular vote, judges’ choice, and container garden categories will receive a $300 gift certificate to a local garden center. Second place entries in the popular vote, judges’ choice, and container garden categories will receive a $200 gift certificate to a loc ...

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Farm Bureau Leaders Meet with Deerfield Legislator

Cook County Farm Bureau leaders (pictured left to right) Janet McCabe and Pat Horcher met with State Senator Julie Morrison (pictured right) to discuss the Farm Bureau and its policies.  During the meeting, leaders discussed Farm Bureau's policies on the state budget, pension reform, and municipal annexation.

CHSAS Students Receive Grant

Jessica Fischer, Chicago High School for Ag Science student, displayed some of her products (various types of muffins) that she sells through her small business, Merry Muffin Maids.  Jessica is one of the grant recipients for the Urban Youth Agriculture Grant (Supervised Ag Experience) provided by the Cook County Farm Bureau through funding by 1st Farm Credit.



Samuel Johnson (L) and Liam Kondelik (R) are partners (with 2 other students from Chicago Highschool for Ag Science) in a roasted pumpkin seeds small business.  They formed the company, the Punks, from a CCFB Foundation grant, through donor directed funds supplied by 1st Farm Credit.




2013 Cook County Farm Bureau Bookmark Contest

Pick up an Ag book this summer and…Travel into the world of agriculture!   Design a bookmark showing how agriculture is a part of your life, every day.  Whether it’s milk from a cow, ethanol to fill your gas tank, cereal made with wheat, corn fresh from the field, or soy ink on your newspaper, we want to see how Ag is a part of your life!   Enter our bookmark contest and have people from all over Cook County use it during their summer reading.    First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 6-8 year olds & 9-12 year olds.  First Place winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, Second Place winners will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.  All four will receive an Ag themed book.  The winning bookmarks will be duplicated for distribution this summer at local libraries and at the Cook County Farm Bureau.   Entries must be received by 5/15/13 via email or mail.  Judging will be completed by 6/1 ...

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Master Gardener Resource Center is Now Open!


Susan Bright (right) of La Grange, stopped in to the Master Gardener Resource Center during Monday's "opening" of the office.  Master Gardeners Laura johnson and Joan Jeske worked the first day.  A large team of Master Gardeners have volunteered to staff the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 1pm through November 15th.  They are located inside the CCFB office suite located at 6438 Joliet Rd in Countryside. 

The program is a collaborative effort between CCFB and the Cook County University of Illinois Extension Service. 

Master Gardener Program on site at the Cook County Farm Bureau

University of Illinois Master Gardener Program partnering with the Cook County Farm Bureau, brings master gardeners on site at the Farm Bureau.  These master gardener volunteers will provide expertise and assistance to CCFB members and its surrounding communities to meet their horticulture needs and questions. 

Contact Master Gardener: (708)354-3276

Date: April 15th, 2013 thru November 15th, 2013

Day/Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Cook County Farm Bureau Offices, 6438 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525


Board of Review Commissioner Attends Ag Day


Cook County Board of (Tax) Review Commissioner Dan Patlak joined Cook CFB and students from throughout Cook County for Ag Day at the Children's Farm in Palos Park.  In addition to visiting the sheep station, Commissioner Patlak joined students at the corn, soybeans, machinery, equine, chickens, and dairy stations.

Chicago South Country Financial Agency Claims the Tipping the Scales Trophy

Chicago South Country Financial Agents once again claimed the "Tipping the Scales" trophy as part of Cook CFB's 13th Annual Food Checkout Day celebration to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.  The event raised over 10,000 pounds of food, of which the Chicago South Country Financial Agency brought in over 10 percent of that amount!  Food and cash donations combined will feed over 3,000 people.  Pictured left to right are: Jim Gutzmer, Cook CFB President and Marc Rogala, Chicago South Agency Manager.

Calling all Cooks...2013 Cookfresh Recipe Collection Submissions Wanted

Calling all COOKS!  Cook CFB looking for your favorite recipes that you proudly prepare using fresh, locally grown and raised ingredients for our 2013 Recipe Collection.  Recipes can be emailed to Debbie at, faxed, or mailed in.  Hurry, all recipes received before the April 30 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to a county farm stand or grocery retailer near you.

Latest Museum Exhibit Discusses Individuals Connection to Food


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's newest exhibit "Food: The Nature of Eating" goes beyond individuals' plates to bring a farm-fresh perspective on how food connects individuals to other individuals as well as to the farmers and land.  The exhibit, which will run through September, journeys through Midwest, Illinois, and Chicago's connection to  farming before discussing the importance of individuals' food choices.  The exhibit provides a broad overview of the Chicagoland's connection to farming while injecting personal preferences about food choices; including organic v. traditional, vegetarian, and small v. large farms.

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