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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Roots to Rooftop Tour

The American Community Gardening Association has a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to "urban agriculture" where the produce is grown for a market.

Interested in learning more about community gardening in Springfield? If so, then join us as we visit a school garden, a roof-top garden, and other neighborhood and community gardens on an upcoming urban agriculture and garden tour throughout the Springfield area on Sunday, July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, go to

The Springfield area sites on the tour include:

  • genHkids gardens at Douglas School
  • genHkids Seeds of Possibility Community Garden
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture Community Garden
  • Jefferson Park Community Garden
  • Maldaner's roof-top garden
  • The Neighborhood Gardens
  • Springfield Community Garden
  • Suttill's Gardens

Along with U of I Extension, sponsors for this event include genHkids, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Times, Kumler Outreach, Maldaner's Restaurant, and Slow Food Springfield.

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