The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is seeking individuals and families who want to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. The department's community garden is on the infield of the racetrack at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand in Springfield. There are 200 garden plots in all; 100 are for organic gardening and the rest are designated for non-organic gardeners. "This year more than ever we have seen people take an interest in growing their own food," IDOA acting director Jerry Costello said in a news release. "We are excited to provide a large number of plots to allow residents, whether they are expert gardeners or just starting out, to plant and harvest healthy, locally grown foods." Plots cost $20 and can be tilled for an additional $20. IDOA supplies water and compost for free. Due to COVID-19 tools will not be shared, and there will be no orientation meeting. Applications can be found at and more information can also be found by calling IDOA at 217-785-8300.

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