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Upcoming Events

Roots to Rooftop: Springfield area gardens tour set for July 27

July 27, 2014

Illinois Executive Mansion
410 E. Jackson Street
Springfield, IL 62701 (Sangamon County)

A school garden, a rooftop garden, an urban farm, and other neighborhood and community gardens will be the featured stops on an upcoming urban agriculture and garden tour throughout the Springfield area. Learn how community gardens and urban agriculture are changing the landscape of Springfield, growing vibrant communities, and creating a healthier future.

University of Illinois Extension will host the 2nd Annual Roots to Rooftop Tour: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and a Rooftop Garden on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Springfield.

According to Extension educator Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, guests can visit any of the sites on the tour they choose. The main information site will be at the Illinois Executive Mansion located at 410 E. Jackson Street. Tour information will also be available at each of the tour sites.

"This is a great opportunity to see what's growing in our community first-hand.  There is a huge array of edible plants, flowers, herbs and more." said Cavanaugh-Grant. "Plus each site will have a knowledgeable host who can talk about a number of topics including different types of gardening, composting, bee-keeping, permaculture, and so much more."

All participating garden sites, along with addresses and maps, can be found on the Extension website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/ (go to Find Events) or at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/cat88_4290.html

During the tour, Slow Food Springfield will provide complimentary refreshments at the Illinois Executive Mansion. Ice pops and lemonade from Fancy Pants Pops will also be available for sale at one of the host sites, Prairie City Farm.

The Springfield area sites on the tour include:

  • genHkids gardens at Douglas School and Seeds of Possibility Community Garden at Cook Street
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture Community Garden
  • Illinois Executive Mansion
  • Jefferson Park Community Garden
  • Maldaner’s Rooftop Garden
  • The Neighborhood Gardens and The Neighborhood Gardens Too
  • Prairie City Farm
  • Springfield Community Federation Garden of Eaten
  • Springfield Community Garden Family Fit Center
  • Springfield Urban League 11th Street Community Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension Pilgrim's Patch

Demonstrations and on-site programs will be available at a number of the tour sites. Check the Extension website for additional information. Along with U of I Extension, sponsors for this event include genHkids, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Executive Mansion Association, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Times, Lincoln Land Community College, Kumler Outreach, Maldaner's Restaurant, Slow Food Springfield, Springfield Community Federation, Springfield Park District, and the Springfield Urban League.

In addition to the tour, community members interested in getting involved in a community garden can learn more about a brand new community garden and urban grower’s network, Grow Springfield.  Grow Springfield was formed during a Springfield urban agriculture planning project led by Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Learn more at http://springfieldgardens.weebly.com

"Community gardens bring people together in a meaningful way” said Lindsay Record, program director at Illinois Stewardship Alliance.  “We hope people walk away feeling inspired by what is happening in our community and consider getting involved.”

Contact Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617 or cvnghgrn@illinois.edu for more information. 

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