Community Garden growing season begins April 4

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SPRINGFIELD - April 4 will mark the beginning of the community garden growing season in Springfield.

Raymond Poe, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture will be holding a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. to commemorate the 8th annual garden at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  About 85 gardeners are signed up at this time to participate in the 2016 program.

The garden holds 200 plots, half are designated for organic gardening while the other half are for non-organics.  Plots cost $20 each and can be tilled for and additional $10.  Syngenta, program sponsor, will provide a variety of seeds free of charge to interested gardeners. Program Gardeners will also have access to free water, tools, and compost.

Providing gardeners who do not have space to garden with a safe and friendly place to grow is the goal of the fairground garden.  The community garden is located on the infield of the Illinois State Fair Grandstand race track.  The University of Illinois Master Gardeners and officials with the Illinois department of Agriculture have teamed up to make this opportunity possible for the community.

It's not too late for you to get involved!  Plots are still available.  If you'd like to participate in this year's community garden, click here or call (217) 785-5594.

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