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Macomb Community Garden Open House 8/18

August 12, 2011

MACOMB, IL -- An open house showcasing a Macomb Community Garden project will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Prairieview community garden location, 1639 E. Wheeler St. in Macomb. The event is open free to the public.

Tours of the Prairieview garden, which consists of 85 10 x 10 plots, will be held, along with a brief presentation on the Macomb Community Garden Project.

The project, which began in 2009 at Western Illinois University's Horn Field Campus, is an initiative between WIU departments, including sociology and anthropology, recreation, park and tourism administration and the School of Agriculture; the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU; Horn Field Campus; and Western's Peace Corps Fellows program. Faculty and students from these departments assist with and oversee the program, along with the Housing Authority of McDonough County, Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, FIG (Food Initiative Group of Macomb), West Prairie High School and the Western Illinois Regional Council.

This year's project is comprised of more than 100 McDonough County residents, who take care of garden plots at four McDonough County Housing Authority locations.

A new initiative of the 2011 program included partnering with local food pantries. The Macomb Community Garden Project has provided more than 200 pounds of fresh produce so far this summer, according to Angeline Harpman, graduate coordinator for the project.

"Not only is the Macomb Community Garden Project a great way for families to spend time together, but it has turned into a project that truly gives back to the community," Harpman said. "It brings us closer together and provides healthy offerings to those in need."

For more information about the open house or the project, contact Rob Porter of the WIU RPTA department at macombgardens@gmail.com, R-Porter@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1967.

Posted By: WIU, University Relations
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