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This Month in Cook County Agriculture...

10/12/2022 @ 4:00 pm

(Urban) Foraging presented by the Plant Chicago on Sat, October 15, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Plant Chicago, 4459 South Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609; Tickets: $25 – $45.


Urban Foraging: the ancient art of gathering plants and fungi for food, medicine, ceremony, utilitarian uses, and connection, now within the city. This class is great for beginners-intermediate plant lovers and foragers. There will most likely be some foraged treats to taste, so come with an adventurous appetite to taste your landscape! Recipes provided.


CDBA (Cook DuPage Beekeepers Association) Fall Picnic, Saturday, October 22, 12 – 3:00 pm, Churchill Woods Picnic Shelter is located at 1059 W. St. Charles Rd, Lombard. The CDBA October Fall picnic at Churchill Woods in Lombard from noon to 3 pm.  We will be grilling on-site this year!  An email will be sent soon asking you to RSVP and choose a grilled meat or a grilled vegetarian option.  Everyone should plan on bringing a side dish or a dessert.  A $10 per person fee will be collected with half going to the Club and half going into a 50/50 raffle to be drawn at the picnic.  Join us and you might be the lucky raffle winner! 


A Family Halloween at Historic Wagner Farm on Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 3 pm-6 pm.

The farm is transformed into a spooky site with ghostly cows and haunted hay rides. Kid-friendly activities include haunted buildings, arts and crafts, and ghoulish games. Limited admission. Wagner Farm 1510 Wagner Rd Glenview.


Agroforestry 101 Webinar: How trees can support farms and landscapes, Illinois Extension webinar, Oct. 26, 2 to 3 p.m.


The webinar will focus on agroforestry practices that are perfectly suited for farm landscapes across Illinois. Using real-world examples from working lands, we’ll cover how to incorporate trees and perennials into the landscape for conservation, profit, and beauty through multi-functional windbreaks, hedgerows, alley cropping, and riparian buffers. 


Illinois Extension in Cook County offers five live virtual horticulture workshops at no charge, but registration is required, and space is limited. Cook County Zoom Workshops are on the following dates from 6-8 p.m.

  • October 11, 2022 Landscape Design
  • October 25, 2022 Season Extension
  • November 1, 2022, Native Plants and Conservation@Home
  • November 29, 2022 School and Community Garden Management
  • December 13, 2022, Researching Plant Questions


This article is for local farmstands, farmers’ markets, chefs and restaurants, and organizations that are hosting farm-related activities, events, workshops, and gatherings that will occur soon.


To promote your activity, email [email protected] or call 708-354-3276 by the 15th of the month. Please include your name, the event date/time, a one-sentence description of the event, and how a reader can obtain further information in the email. We will edit submissions based on space allowances in the publication. In addition, we will post farm, garden, or livestock-related photos on our social media platform if you forward those to: [email protected].

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