University of Illinois Extension's Mercer County Master Gardeners have organized a fall seminar featuring experts teaching on these topics: 

Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition educator for University of Illinois Extension, will go over the basics of canning including equipment, safe processing methods, and sources for reliable recipes. You'll also get practice canning with a red raspberry jam recipe. Light refreshments will be served upon arrival and there will be resources for everyone to take home.

The cost of this workshop is free but you must be registered in advance.

Come learn all about using a slow cooker, receive delicious recipes, food safety tips, and taste test some easy slow cooker dishes you can make at home! The workshop will be led by Kristin Bogdonas, University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator.

It is sponsored by the Rock Island County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE). The cost is $5 for public or $3 for HCE members. It will be held at the Port Byron Library from 1 - 2 pm.

The farm-to-fork movement (also known as farm-to-table) is all about strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers. On Sept.14, farmers, chefs, and consumers are invited to a University of Illinois field day to learn more.