Summer in the Garden 2019

The Randolph Street Community Garden is located between Randolph and Neil Streets at Beardsley Ave. on the Campus of Stratton Elementary School.

We have another great summer of programming this year! Our drop-in programs are open to individual, unaccompanied, school age children and younger children with an adult (15 and up) caregiver, and are offered free of charge. Programs cancel on rainy days.

Garden ½ Day Camp: Tuesday – Friday, 05/29 – 8/16,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get your ‘green thumb training’. Learn to plant, care for, and harvest your own crops. Start your garden bed ( 16’X4’) as a family and your ½ day camper can learn to maintain it in this program! Gardening and a craft activity each day.

Jr. Volunteers: Mondays 06/03 – 08/11 8:00 am – 9:45 am
Training the next generation of community volunteers. It is never too early for children to learn to give back to their community. Volunteers make it possible for us to provide fresh vegetables to Church of the Brethren Food Pantry and feed those at risk of hunger.

Tots and Parents in the Garden: Mondays, 06/03 – 08/12, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Tots and their caregivers (15yrs old and up) are invited to work together in a shared bed where tiny hands learn to care for and use tiny tools while helping to plant and to grow.
Garden Smell Tour: Mondays, 06/10 & 06/24, 07/08 & 07/22, and 08/05, 11:00 am – 11:45 pm

Thanks to a grant from the Champaign Urbana Herb Society, groups of children and their caregivers, and individual school age children, are invited to explore the smells in our herb garden. Bring a sack lunch and stay for the story program that follows.

Stories in the Garden: Mondays, 06/10 – 08/05, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm Everyone is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a weekly story telling program in the garden. Come and find out “How Brer Wolf was beaten by Brer Rabbit”, and hear other folk tales and stories.
Programs presented by Dawn Blackman

Garden Work Days:
Sundays: May 12, June 9, September 8, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
July 14, & August 25, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm Schedule a work day for your group!
Saturdays: June 8, July 20, August 10,

Garden Market Days:
Saturdays June 15 & 29, July 20 & 27, August 03, 17, & 24
Don’t want to shop at 7:00 am or drive to Urbana? Come support our young growers. We grow cash crops to help support the garden. Buying your produce from us helps us to continue our free programs. So, come on out, we are an afternoon market. 12 noon to 3:00 pm or sellout out.

Garden Kitchen:
Well this just depends on when our produce is ready. Jelly and Jam making classes will be held at least 4 times in the summer. We will also teach canning classes so that surplus can be used in winter.

Annual 1920’s Themed Garden Party Sept. 8, 2019- 5pm – 7pm

Bring a dish to share,
Dress Up if you dare
But be there or be square!

Garden Steward: Dawn Blackman Community Garden can be reached at 217 398-2787 or text me at 217 390-0651.