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Community Garden "Veggie Tour"

posted Jul 9, 2010, 8:17 AM by Web Master

1st Annual

Community Garden "Veggie Tour"

Saturday August 7, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This free, self-guided tour will show you how our neighborhoods are growing -- vegetables, that is.  These community vegetable gardens are as different as the people who support them and they each have a story to tell.  Volunteers are excited to show off 16 of our sites, many with several gardens.  Come see different growing methods, including accessible gardens, three ways to grow potatoes, raised beds, container gardens, and innovative uses of recycled materials - even plants in used refrigerators! 

Our community vegetable gardens are providing neighbors with the opportunity to get exercise, and to grow and cook fresh, affordable, healthy food.  People are learning how to work together to improve their lives, their neighborhoods, and their communities.  So, come visit, and hear their stories.  They may even share recipes or other tips with you.


This is not a bus tour; you will need to provide your own transportation.  Some gardens are not very wheelchair friendly and do not have accessible or adjacent parking, so please be prepared to walk and wear good walking shoes. 

This is a rain or shine event.  Restrooms will not be available at the gardens.  Please leave your pets at home.


Alpine Ridge

Churchill's Grove & Lawn Place

Ellis Heights UNC(FANG, West End Do'ers, Elm St., Rejuvenate & Jassy) 

Garden of Glory

Itty Bitty Garden (Tacoma/Yonge & Indian Terrace)

Jeremiah Development

LSSI, Blackhawk Buddy House


316 Wood Rd. south of 1st Evangelical Covenant Church, Rockford

Lot at 995 N. Main St. south of N. Main at Harlem Blvd., Rockford

1810 W. State St., Rockford

Lot at 725 N. Winnebago St., Rockford

1702 Tacoma Ave., Rockford

Southeast corner of Park Ave. & Court St., Rockford

Lot at 1417 Meadow Ct., Rockford

2798 Edelweiss Rd., Rockford



Pecatonica Elementary School

St. Bridget's Angel Garden

Signal Hill

Tinker Swiss Cottage & SWIFTT

Tullock's Woods


4908 Hampshire Close, Rockford

Lot at 723/727 S. 3rd St., Rockford

721 Reed St.,

600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park

northwest corner of N. Church St. and Salem, Rockford

411 Kent St., Rockford

4525 Stagecoach Tr., Winnebago

Lot north of northwest corner of 5th St. and 5th Ave., Rockford

For more information contact:  Cyndie Hall, Neighborhood Network, 815-967-4034,,

or go to for up-to-date information

The community vegetable gardens are made possible by funding from the City of Rockford Human Services Department, Community Services Block Grant - ARRA, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, with assistance from Neighborhood Network, University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago, area master gardeners, Gardeners of America, Men's Garden Club of America-Rockford, neighborhood groups and many dedicated volunteers.