South West Rockford Community Gardens presents: Harvest Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation
From press release
Come celebrate with the South West Rockford Community Garden Cooperative Partnership as they celebrate a successful and very fruitful first growing garden season.
The festivities will be held from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, 411 Kent St. in Rockford. This event celebrates the harvest season and highlights appreciation for all the volunteers for 2010.
In one year, the South West Rockford Community Gardens Partnership has already made a big impact in southwest Rockford and beyond. More than 100 youth from the community have put in more than 500 hours of community service in the gardens. More than 100 pounds of food have been passed on in the community, and produce from the gardens has been sold at markets to raise money for the project.
All the hard work will be celebrated in a fun way with a chili “cook-off,” a pumpkin carving event, music, fall refreshments, and more.
The South West Rockford Community Gardens Partnership consists of organizations and programs all located within walking distance of each other. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, South West Ideas for Today and Tomorrow (SWIFTT), Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc. and YouthBuild Rockford, Eco Advocates, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and Booker Washington Community Center have all come together to produce four community gardens all located a stone’s throw apart.
The purpose of these gardens is to close the distance that stands between low-income populations and healthy, locally-grown food and to provide a vehicle for valuable service learning projects for youth throughout the community.
South West Rockford Community Gardens’ Harvest Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation is free. For more information, contact Antar Baker at (815) 963-6236 or Abaker@youthbuildrockford.org.
From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue
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