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Gardeners Of All Levels Welcome At Annual Conference This Month

The event, hosted by the Chicago Community Gardeners Association, will be held March 20.

Community members clean up Skinner Park & Loomis St. Community Garden in spring 2020.
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WEST LOOP — The Chicago Community Gardeners Association is hosting its annual conference virtually for gardeners of all levels later this month.

The Connections Through Gardening: Plants, People and the Environment conference will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20 and will include sessions on best practices for sustainable gardening, mapping soil lead levels in the city and growing extra for food pantries. The conference offers educational sessions for gardeners of all levels, said May Toy, president of the Skinner Park Advisory Council.

Registration for the conference, which includes 18 sessions, is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Attendees can register here. Tickets include access to all recorded sessions after the conference. 

The session also includes breakout sessions, wellness activities and a cooking demo, according to the organization’s website.

“The conference is a way for community gardens and home gardeners to network,” Toy said. 

People will share techniques and offer problem-solving, and the conference is beneficial for home gardeners, too, Toy said. “There’s a ton of information that is shared.” 

The association is a volunteer nonprofit that supports community gardens across Chicago. A full list of the sessions can be found here.

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