Plano Community Garden, Illinois

Plano Community Garden, Illinois If you live in or near Kendall Co. IL come visit or come Garden with us!
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The Plano Community Garden is a 5 acre property with 3 acres under till for local community members to have a place to garden for a small fee! We have excellent soil and garden from May 1st - November 30th. We meet the first Tuesday of every month, from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Plano Community Library and discuss gardening and community issues.

69 pounds, the last of the produce to the KCCFP.  And then it snowed. Ugh!!!!  The final total for the year is 7,476. A ...
11/01/2019

69 pounds, the last of the produce to the KCCFP. And then it snowed. Ugh!!!! The final total for the year is 7,476. A new garden record.

Woo hoo!!!! The garden did it. NEW garden record.  7,400 pounds of produce for the Kendall County Community Food Pantry ...
10/25/2019

Woo hoo!!!! The garden did it. NEW garden record. 7,400 pounds of produce for the Kendall County Community Food Pantry this year. 208 pounds for this week.

7,200 pounds of produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry from the Plano Community Garden this year. We did it...
10/16/2019

7,200 pounds of produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry from the Plano Community Garden this year. We did it. AND we have at least one more week to deliver to them. We still have kale & onions in the garden.

Today's garden monster find.
10/15/2019

Today's garden monster find.

Who says that only Texas grows them big. Master Gardener and Plano Community Garden gardener grow these 2 huge carrots.
10/15/2019

Who says that only Texas grows them big. Master Gardener and Plano Community Garden gardener grow these 2 huge carrots.

1270 pounds of fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry today. It's been 5 years now that HB & Connie h...
10/10/2019

1270 pounds of fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry today. It's been 5 years now that HB & Connie have run the garden. Each year they have found a way to produce over 6,000 pounds of produce for the pantry. Today the garden's total for the year is 6,319. 939 pounds over last at the same time.

This weeks googlie eye.
10/02/2019

This weeks googlie eye.

This our 13th week of delivering produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, we delivered 627 pounds. Our YTD i...
10/02/2019

This our 13th week of delivering produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, we delivered 627 pounds. Our YTD is now 5049 & we are still ahead of last year's total by 82 pounds.

Found another googly eye in the garden the other day.
09/28/2019

Found another googly eye in the garden the other day.

703 pounds for Wednesday's delivery to the food pantry.  4422  pounds for YTD total.  I am glad to announce that the gar...
09/26/2019

703 pounds for Wednesday's delivery to the food pantry. 4422 pounds for YTD total. I am glad to announce that the garden has surpassed last years total by 236 pounds. Yeah for the garden.

A wonderful day for a golf outing.
09/19/2019

A wonderful day for a golf outing.

This is what 800 pounds of produce going  to the pantry looks like. YTD total is 3719 pounds. This week we had 610 just ...
09/18/2019

This is what 800 pounds of produce going to the pantry looks like. YTD total is 3719 pounds. This week we had 610 just tomatoes. Pushing our YTD total to only 40 pounds under last year at this same time.

Wednesday the garden gave 478 pounds of fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.  Our YTD total is jus...
09/13/2019

Wednesday the garden gave 478 pounds of fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry. Our YTD total is just under 3,000.

481 pounds to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry today from the garden.  Making our YTD total 2443.
09/05/2019

481 pounds to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry today from the garden. Making our YTD total 2443.

Today's pantry pictures, Celery & Mr. Cucumber. 311 pounds for the pantry today.  YTD 1970ish.
08/28/2019

Today's pantry pictures, Celery & Mr. Cucumber. 311 pounds for the pantry today. YTD 1970ish.

A little sprucing up of the 2 flower pots in front of the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.
08/23/2019

A little sprucing up of the 2 flower pots in front of the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.

Week 7 of delivering fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.  Our YTD total is 1651. Now we are 6 wee...
08/21/2019

Week 7 of delivering fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry. Our YTD total is 1651. Now we are 6 weeks later in starting delivery to the pantry. However, we are on track with almost the same amount of produce as last year at this time. Last on 8/22/2018 YTD was 1839. So, we are on course to a good season, only about 200 pounds starf right now.

Well the picture doesn't look like much but that hiding under the boards & on top is 332 pounds of produce.  Eventhough ...
08/07/2019

Well the picture doesn't look like much but that hiding under the boards & on top is 332 pounds of produce. Eventhough we are 6 weeks behind in delivering produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, our YTD total is almost 950 pounds.

Today we had cucumbers, kale, zucchini, cabbage, a few peppers, a few tomatoes & a small amount of broccoli.

159 pounds today to the pantry. 4 weeks & 650 YTD total.  And I forgot to take pictures.  However. I did snap the follow...
07/31/2019

159 pounds today to the pantry. 4 weeks & 650 YTD total. And I forgot to take pictures. However. I did snap the following pictures of the front garden. Weeds are got & underneath I found asparagus, strawberries, & 2 raised bed. One with celery in it. Thanks to Samantha for re-rubberbanding the celery. Then watered both raised bed.

Out at the garden today while weeding I found these 2 little hydrangeas blooming.  Neither one was much more than 6 inch...
07/31/2019

Out at the garden today while weeding I found these 2 little hydrangeas blooming. Neither one was much more than 6 inches tall.

Today's total was 237 pounds of fresh produce that the Plano Community Garden delivered to the Kendall County Community ...
07/24/2019

Today's total was 237 pounds of fresh produce that the Plano Community Garden delivered to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.

My wonderful kids that will be going back to school soon. The garden will miss having Sydney and Lucas as helpers. But today community gardeners Harry, Gordon, HB, & Candy were out to help pick, wash, trim, & package produce.

The tomato plants are looking good, blooming & setting on tomatoes. This week we sent red cabbages. They are always so pretty.

So, YTD is 455 pounds.

Week 2 of finally delivering produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, was a whopping 117 pounds.  And here's...
07/17/2019

Week 2 of finally delivering produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry, was a whopping 117 pounds. And here's my fabulous helpers again this week, Sydney and Lucas.

My husband is still stuck in the weeds but almost finished with the big pantry plot. But this afternoon he got help from our grandsons, Andrew & Rick IV.

Got a group that would like to come help???? We can always use volunteers. Contact us by messenger through fb. Thanks.

07/15/2019

Wednesday is pantry picking day.

Sydney and Lucas were my helpers this morning.  We picked, washed, & delivered 101.5 pounds of produce to the Kendall Co...
07/10/2019

Sydney and Lucas were my helpers this morning. We picked, washed, & delivered 101.5 pounds of produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry this morning. Do to all the rain we are 6 weeks later than last year but we had 86 pounds more produce to deliver. Today was a great day.

Weeds & more weeds. The garden is covered on weeds. Today we had Sydney, lucas, Gurney,  & me.  We made good progress on...
07/09/2019

Weeds & more weeds. The garden is covered on weeds. Today we had Sydney, lucas, Gurney, & me. We made good progress on weed removal.

We can always use help. Anyone (my fb friends) on fb that has a scout troup or church youth group that would like to help the garden & the food pantry at the same time. Please give the garden a call. Leave a message & we will call you back.
HB (630) 552-3720 or Connie (630) 552-0221.

I'm happy to say "the pantry plots at the garden are all planted" & " the garden is at capacity". We basically have no m...
06/19/2019

I'm happy to say "the pantry plots at the garden are all planted" & " the garden is at capacity". We basically have no more empty plots available for rent. Yeah!!! Now for a little rain & let the plants grow.

Yesterday I had help in the Community garden.  We planted onions & celery in the raised beds. Looks like my helpers were...
06/07/2019

Yesterday I had help in the Community garden. We planted onions & celery in the raised beds. Looks like my helpers were worked too hard. They fell asleep on the way home.

06/01/2019

Today was a successful day for planting in the garden. With the help of Bev, HB, Paula, Thea, & Connie, they planted 144 tomatoes, 4 flats of late cabbage, 1 flat of kale (still 1 more flat to plant somewhere), 4 flats of peppers (still have 3 or 4 flats yet to plant). But they put a BIG dent in getting the plants in the ground. Thank all of you for your help.

05/30/2019

WOW!!!!!! So far for the month of May, Plano has received 10.29 inches of rain.

Mother Nature you need to save some of this rain for later in the growing season. Because I don't believe that this summer is supposed to be wet & cooler than normal for the midwest.

Last Monday HB & Connie planted 180 red & early cabbage.  On Thursday Connie planted 72 cauliflower & 72 broccoli plants...
05/24/2019

Last Monday HB & Connie planted 180 red & early cabbage. On Thursday Connie planted 72 cauliflower & 72 broccoli plants all for the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.

The garden would like to thank the 4 volunteers from Midstate Bank of Yorkville for coming out a week ago & planting corn for the pantry & helped in marking rows for the cabbage that HB & Connie planted.

AND last but not least, after 4 years of managing the garden HB & Connie finally found a new tool to help plant faster. Picture 3. ( A drill with an auger attachment. ) It's about time HB came up with that idea.

Last Friday was a beautiful day. The garden got all tilled up & ready to plants. AND then came the rain. So if this morn...
04/30/2019

Last Friday was a beautiful day. The garden got all tilled up & ready to plants. AND then came the rain. So if this morning Plano has gotten 2.2 inches of rain & its still raining.

04/22/2019

Thank you Midwest Material Management for donating compost to the garden. Today they spread it out on the big pantry plot.

Connie Hatter the gift card winner at Plano's Hearthland Bank open house. Connie has decided to donate it to the Plano C...
04/19/2019

Connie Hatter the gift card winner at Plano's Hearthland Bank open house. Connie has decided to donate it to the Plano Community Garden to buy plants for the #KendallCountyCommunityFoodPantry plots at the garden.

A few spring flowers to brighten the pantry's front door.
04/11/2019

A few spring flowers to brighten the pantry's front door.

This morning Connie and HB from the  garden hosted the Plano chamber meeting.  Danielle Tully won the door prize, a 100 ...
03/21/2019

This morning Connie and HB from the garden hosted the Plano chamber meeting. Danielle Tully won the door prize, a 100 foot expandable garden hose.

03/17/2019

Remember that the Kendall County Community Food Pantry needs plastic bags. They can be dropped off at the food pantry at the red door. Its open 24/7/365.

The was recognized by the Plano Chamber.
02/25/2019

The was recognized by the Plano Chamber.

01/17/2019

Thank you to all who donated to Connie Smith Hatter’s fund raiser for the garden. Over $400 was raised. The garden was hoping for $1000. Anyone can still donate by sending checks to P.O. Box 217, Plano, IL, 60545. Another $600 will help the garden repair or replace a tiller that is currently not working. Besides donating money, the garden can always use volunteers to help plant, weed, pick & much more. Contact the garden if you, your family or your group would like to volunteer. (630) 552-0221.

FB notified me(Connie) that I could create a fund raiser for my favorite non-for-profit organization in honor of my birt...
12/28/2018

FB notified me(Connie) that I could create a fund raiser for my favorite non-for-profit organization in honor of my birthday on 1/27. However, there is problem with that. FB does not recognize Plano Community Garden as a non-for-profit, because they only recognize 501 c 3 organizations. NOT FAIR, NOT EVERY ORGANIZATION CAN AFFORD TO BE A 501 c 3. So, I'm still asking for people to donate to my favorite non-for-profit as a birthday gift to me even if you don't me. The garden does so much for the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in donations of fresh produce each summer. Last year alone they donated over 6400 pounds with only volunteer help. So, please consider a donation to Plano Community Garden, Illinois. P.O. Bix 217, Plano, IL 60545. The volunteers at the garden and at the pantry thank you. AND I thank you for your support.

Yesterday the garden gave the Plano police department about 9 pounds of ham, a bowl of homemade potato salad, & 4 loaves...
12/25/2018

Yesterday the garden gave the Plano police department about 9 pounds of ham, a bowl of homemade potato salad, & 4 loaves of homemade bread. Thank you o our local police for their work. Merry Christmas.

Even though the garden has been closed for the winter,  it still is pretty to look at. A beautiful blanket of snow. The ...
12/02/2018

Even though the garden has been closed for the winter, it still is pretty to look at. A beautiful blanket of snow. The seed catalogs have started coming in the mail. I guess it's time to start thinking about next year.

Well you can tell it's the end if garden season.  The last 70 pounds of produce was delivered today to the pantry.  We m...
11/01/2018

Well you can tell it's the end if garden season. The last 70 pounds of produce was delivered today to the pantry. We made it to 22 weeks and (drum roll, please), our grand total for 2018 growing season is...... 6401.25 pounds.

Today we delivered another 128 pounds to the pantry.  Making our YTD total 6330.75 pounds at 21 weeks. AND we might have...
10/25/2018

Today we delivered another 128 pounds to the pantry. Making our YTD total 6330.75 pounds at 21 weeks. AND we might have a few veggies left to pick. Stay tuned.

Ok, so it's week 20 and I forgot, again, to take a picture of the produce on the back of my truck that was headed to the...
10/18/2018

Ok, so it's week 20 and I forgot, again, to take a picture of the produce on the back of my truck that was headed to the pantry. But I did remember to take a picture of my strawberry and asparagus garden after planting and lying down 4 bales of hay to protect it from the frost. Oh, we sent a whole bunch of produce to the pantry and now our YTD is 6202.75 pounds. AND we still have a little bit for next week.

Candy picked some yesterday but Only 3 of us today picking 412 pounds for the pantry. YTD 5379.5 and this was week numbe...
10/11/2018

Candy picked some yesterday but Only 3 of us today picking 412 pounds for the pantry. YTD 5379.5 and this was week number 19.

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