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Learn about school and community gardens

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:31 p.m. CDT

University of Illinois horticulture educator Candice Miller will lead a two-hour seminar on school and community gardening at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb. Monika’s Organic Bakery of Sycamore will provide hot soup and bread.

Miller will cover the steps in planning a vegetable garden, choosing what to plant, proper planting procedures, basic garden maintenance, and tips on harvesting. Ways to incorporate the garden into classroom lessons and activities also will be demonstrated.

The evening will begin with a short presentation by Dan Kenney, founder, president, and executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens, and Sheryl Nakonechny, associate director, on how gardeners can coordinate with DCCG. Information will be provided on gaining local involvement as well as ways DCCG can support the school or community garden to success. 

DeKalb County Community Gardens is beginning its third year. It has installed and helps coordinate community gardens at 39 sites around DeKalb County, including at elementary schools in DeKalb and Sycamore, and it raised more than 10 tons of food in its first two growing seasons. The fresh, sustainably grown food is donated to food pantries, community meal locations such as Feed’em Soup and the Voluntary Action Center, senior citizen centers, day care facilities, and other locations. 

Teachers will be able to earn CPDUs for professional development for attending. 

For more information, email mille116@illinois.edu or call 815-732-2191. RSVPs to dkenney53@hotmail.com or 815-793-0950 are requested so enough soup and bread will be available.

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