ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin recently concluded the fall harvest of a garden at its wastewater treatment facility, which yielded more than 900 pounds of vegetables that were donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry.
This is the second year the village has hosted a garden site to help support the food pantry, which is located at 1113 Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills.
The garden is planted and maintained by volunteers from the village and the pantry.
“This partnership is a real win for the community,” Village President John Schmitt said in a news release. “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 called for landscaping using perennial vines to screen concrete walls at the site.
The initial vegetable garden design and construction was guided under the direction of pantry volunteer Laurie Selpien.
To date, nearly 2,000 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 $3,000.