Spring weather is here and it’s time to open the community garden for business. Join us on Sat., May 1, from 9 a.m until 11:00 a.m. Any and all residents in Rockford are invited for two hours of digging in the girt. We’ll prepare the 27 raised-bed gardens located on the grounds of SecondFirst Church, 318 N. Church St. in Rockford (on the west side of the property, close to the intersection of Church St. and Park Ave.) Please bring your own gloves and tools.

We’ll meet again on May 3 at 6:00 p.m. to decorate the garden boxes. Well gather across Park Ave. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (412 N. Court St.) and work under the guidance of local artists to paint the boxes. Again, everyone in Rockford is welcome, Participants will receive a starter tomato plant to take home, and other giveaways will be provided.