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Community gardening and urban farming workshop coming to Springfield

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[January 25, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD University of Illinois Extension, along with other partners, will host a community gardening and urban farming workshop on Feb. 8, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield.

The event is also sponsored by Department of Agriculture, genHkids, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Neighborhood Gardens and the Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center.

The workshop will serve as an opportunity for those who already manage or garden at community gardens or urban farms, or those who are interested in learning more, to meet and share best practices. Participants will hear from speakers from Springfield and East St. Louis.

The plenary speaker is Vera Garrett, from Springfield Community Garden.

Sessions for the day:

  • Session 1

    • Community Gardening 101

    • Getting Started

  • Session 2

    • Managing a Community Garden

    • Composting and Soil Amendments

  • Session 3

    • Sustaining your Community Garden

    • From Garden to Kitchen

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The registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and materials. For those to whom cost is prohibitive, there is an opportunity to attend at no charge. Call 217-782-4617 for more information.

Registration by Feb. 3 is required. For more information and to register, visit

[Text from file received from University of Illinois Extension]

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