Apple Crunch Day

What is the Great Apple Crunch Day?

The Great Apple Crunch (October 11) is a one day effort when students will ‘crunch' into healthy local apples (see list below) in celebration of Midwestern farms.

The 2017 Illinois Great Apple Crunch was held on Thursday, October 12th. Illinois had a total of 467,096 Crunches at 919 sites! Crunches across the Great Lakes Region totalled 1,542,900.  Thank you to all the schools that participated in the 2017 Illinois Great Apple Crunch! 

Registration for the 2018 Great Apple Crunch is now open at the following link:

Local resources:

Apple Ag Mag

Magazines are available from our office free of charge or click the Ag Mag for the online version.


A Slice of Soil

Soil is one of our most important natural resources on the earth's surface.
Many living things depend on it for food. People do too. Not all soil is
good enough for plants to grow. Complete this activity to learn just how
little soil we have to grow food.

An apple and paring knife are needed for this activity:

1. Cut an apple into four equal parts. Three parts represent the oceans of
the world. The fourth part represents the land area.
2. Cut the land section in half lengthwise. Now you have two 1/8 pieces.
One section represents land such as deserts, swamps, antarctic, arctic,
and mountain regions. The other 1/8 section represents land where man
can live and may or may not be able to grow food.
3. Slice this 1/8 section crosswise into four equal parts. Three of these 1/32
sections represent the areas of the world that are too rocky, too wet, too
hot, or where soils are too poor to grow food. Plus, we can't grow food on
some land because cities and other man-made structures are built on it.
4. Carefully peel the last 1/32 section. The peel on this small piece represents
the amount of soil on which we have to grow food. This amount
of soil will never get any bigger. With so little soil and so
many people on the earth, we need to grow food wisely.

McHenry County Orchards

Lang's Apple Orchard
17411 Secor Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 568-7547

Homestead Orchard
11802 Charles Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-7443

Woodstock Country Orchard
17015 Garden Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 923-4359

Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N Union Rd, Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-4834

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 648-4141

Meadowmoor Orchard
1517 N Il Route 47, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 687-8208

Nichols Farm and Orchard
2602 Hawthorn Rd, Marengo, IL 60152
(815) 568-6782

All Seasons Apple Orchard
14510 Il Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-5637

Cody's Farm & Orchard
19502 River Rd, Marengo, IL 60152