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Harvest Yields 1,400 Pounds of Food Donations
The Village of Algonquin recently concluded the fall harvest of a garden at its Wastewater Treatment Facility which yielded over 1,400 pounds of vegetables donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. This is the fifth year that the Village has hosted a garden site to help support the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry, which is located at 1113 Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills. The garden is planted and maintained by volunteers from both the village and the pantry.
“This partnership is a real win for the community,” said Village President John Schmitt. “We are able to utilize idle land at one of our facilities to grow vegetables and help the food pantry carry out their mission.”
As part of the most recent expansion of the Algonquin Wastewater Treatment Facility, the design for the site called for landscaping utilizing perennial vines to screen concrete walls at the site. During the planning stage, it was suggested to utilize the area as a vertical garden and grow vegetables for the food pantry.
This year, volunteers grew a giant pumpkin which is on display at the Ganek Municipal Center (2200 Harnish Drive) in Algonquin. To help raise awareness of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry, the Village will hold a “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin” contest on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AlgonquinIL) through November 7. Those interested in participating can log on and guess the weight in the comment section of the page.
To date, over 5,000 pounds of vegetables grown at the Algonquin Wastewater Treatment Facility have been donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry, with an estimated value of $7,500. For more information on the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry, please visit www.alith-foodpantry.org.
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