A program offering residents of Boone and Winnebago counties the opportunity to create community gardens is now accepting applications.
The Community Action Gardens program helps neighborhoods gain access to fresh food while strengthening community ties and promoting healthy living. Those interested in starting a community garden must attend an informational meeting.
Some meetings were held on Tuesday, February 19, but there is an additional meeting on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Boone County Conservation District, 603 North Appleton Road, in Belvidere.
Groups who may benefit from a community garden include neighborhoods, schools, churches, or other groups who provide outreach to children, seniors, and veterans.
"You don't have to be an expert gardener as Extension staff and our Master Gardeners will work with participants to make their gardening experience positive," said Margaret Larson, County Director, U of I Extension Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.
For more information and to request an application, contact Cyndie Hall at 815-967-4034 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Greenwood at 815-967-4039 or email@example.com. Applications will also be available at the meetings and must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on March 8.