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Community gardening and urban farming workshop coming to Springfield
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URBANA, Ill - University of Illinois Extension, along with other partners, will host a community gardening and urban farming workshop on Sat., Feb. 8, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Springfield, IL.

The event is also sponsored by Illinois Department of Agriculture, genHkids, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, The 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, Springfield, IL.

The three sessions for the day include:

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

The registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and materials. For those 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 http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/.

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