Grow your own food: Community Garden is looking for gardeners for the 2022 season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – Thinking about having your own garden to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers?

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is seeking individuals or families interested…

“Over the past two years, we’ve seen people get interested in growing their own food,” said IDOA Director Jerry Costello II. “We are delighted to provide a large number of plots to allow residents, whether expert gardeners or beginners, to plant and harvest healthy, locally grown food.”

The Illinois Department of Agriculture Community Garden is located on the infield of the Illinois State Fair Grandstand racetrack and includes 200 garden plots. Of these plots, 100 are designated for organic gardening and the remaining 100 plots are allocated to non-organic gardeners.

Each plot costs $20 and can be plowed for an additional $20. The Department will provide free water and compost.

There will be an orientation meeting for new gardeners on February 24 from 6-8 p.m. Gardeners who had a plot last year can apply anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., but do not need to attend the orientation meeting.

Anyone interested in participating in the 2022 growing season is encouraged to complete a Gardening Application and COVIS addendum and version on the IDOA website.

Completed applications and payments may be returned by mail or to the Illinois Department of Agriculture front desk at the John R. Block Building, Attention: Community Garden, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62794.

The community garden will open on March 13.

To receive more information about this year’s community garden, visit IDOA website or contact the Department at (217) 785-8300.

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