Meeting Planned for Illinois Community Garden at Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A meeting will be held for Illinois residents hoping to participate in the seventh annual community garden at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the meeting will be March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the department auditorium inside gate 11.

People attending the meeting will hear about garden requirements and will meet University of Illinois Master Gardeners who will be available to offer advice.

The garden holds 170 plots. Each costs $20. A plot can be tilled for an additional $10. Rupp Seeds and Syngenta are sponsors of this year’s garden. The companies plan to provide seeds free of charge to interested gardeners. Participants will also have access to water, tools and compost.

If weather permits, the garden opens on April 2.

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