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Community Garden Update

posted May 13, 2010, 8:32 PM by Web Master

The Churchill’s Grove/Lawn Place Community Garden is well underway, with 26 of the 34 raised beds built and filled.  Hat’s off to Tyler Smith and his crew!

The location is on the vacant lot at 995 N. Main St. next to Franklin Place.  The Fridh company has graciously offered the use of the lot, and also sent a $100 donation for the project.  Reese & Reese Law Firm is allowing us to tap into their water line as well.

This vegetable garden is made possible through a grant from the City of Rockford Human Services Dept., Community Services Block Grant – ARRA, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

There will be a raised bed of flowers across the front with the vegetable boxes behind that.  Anyone who would like to is welcome to participate with the care of the garden and also reap the harvest.  Any surplus food will be donated to local food pantries.

If the weather holds, we are ready for volunteers to help rearrange the soil in the current boxes and then begin planting.  Here is a schedule for this weekend:

Saturday, May 15 - 10am – 1pm

Sunday, May 16 - 10am – 1pm

Please bring any garden tools, esp.:

spade, hoe or heavy rake,

wheel barrow,

trowel, fork, gloves.

 If you know of anyone else who might be interested, feel free to invite them!

 If you are interested in getting involved, but cannot make it this weekend, contact Carolyn Cadigan 969-9065, carolyncadigan@gmail.com or Mary Spindler 968-6020, marykspin@aol.com or Karin Gaines, 968-0211, karin0211@aol.com.