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Great Seed Event Coming to McHenry County College

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The McHenry County College (MCC) Center for Agrarian Learning (CAL) and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are teaming up to bring the first ever Great Seed Event to McHenry County on February 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MCC Café and Commons area, in Crystal Lake. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Attendees can pick up native plant, vegetable, herb and flower seeds at no cost to them; attend seed-related demonstrations every half hour; meet with various seed and supply vendors; and learn about gardening resources. There will also be a seed swap at 10 a.m.

“Growing plants from seed saves money and is fun and fulfilling,” says Emily Zack, of CAL. “This event can help home growers get started with lots of experts to answer questions and free seeds to take home and try. With demos and presentations throughout the day, plus vendors and nonprofits sharing tips and products, this is a great way to start your seed-growing journey.”

Location: 8900 U.S. 14, Crystal Lake. To register (encouraged but not required), visit For more information, contact Emily Zack at 815-479-7563 or email [email protected].