Would you like to grow your own vegetable garden but don’t have the space? Does your community have vacant land that could be beautified? Community gardens are part of a growing trend in self-sufficiency and the desire to eat locally-grown produce. Hundreds of community gardens thrive nationwide as a way to provide gardening space for those who don’t have suitable space of their own and who wish to grow their own produce.
The University of Illinois Extension Office and Blackhawk Hills Regional Council will host a workshop and roundtable on “Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Community Gardens” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 27, at the Ogle County Farm Bureau Building, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill.
The event will cover topics such as the basics of creating a community garden, choosing the proper cultivation site for your growing, composting for a community garden, and what you should consider growing for the remainder of this planting season. There will also be a roundtable discussion on various topics to be addressed by civic leaders who are currently managing very successful community gardens throughout our region.
This workshop is open to all municipalities and residents who have established community gardens, as well as those who are looking to build one. There is no charge for this event, but RSVPs are necessary for space and refreshments. To reserve your spot at the workshop, contact the University of Illinois Extension in Stephenson County at (815) 235-4125, the University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County at (815) 732-2191, or contact Blackhawk Hills Regional Council at (815) 625-3854. You can also visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
From the July 25-31, 2012, issue