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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall-Putnam County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners plan 2017 "From Seeds to Harvest" program

Everyone knows gardening is less expensive than buying vegetables! However, if you cannot afford to put food on the table you cannot afford plants and seeds. The Marshall Putnam University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners started a program 5 years ago to help those in need. As the program and those in need have grown so has this Healthy Gardening Project.  As a result, the Master Gardeners need help from gardeners who start seeds. Plants are needed to give those less fortunate and would like to garden. Tomato, green peppers, cabbage or any plants will be used.

                 The Healthy Gardening Program is a three-phase project. Phase 1 is teaching the fundamentals of gardening. This year the program is being presented in seven locations in Marshall and Putnam Counties. These classes are open to everyone wanting to attend at no charge. These classes are well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Phase 2 is distribution of seeds and plants. With many of those who are in need living in rental homes or apartments the Master Gardeners also distribute containers with soil and plants for container gardeners. Distribution is through the food pantries and from references from Church and community leaders. Phase 3 is classes offered to take the food from the garden to the table, which again is free of charge. 

                 Plants and seeds are needed to make this program work. The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners need help growing plants.  Many plants will be distributed. If you can donate plants, please contact the Extension office in Henry 309 364-2356 or Chairperson Barb Dahlbach at 815 452-2850 so they can plan the project. They also have some seeds and soil to help you start these seeds if needed. 

  Last year this recap can show what was distributed.

2016 Healthy Gardening Recap

Marshall-Putnam Master Gardeners

Tomato Plants                    1092

Green Pepper Plants          744

Cabbage                                  90     (ran out)

Onion Sets                            30 bags  (ran out)

Onion Plants                        120 Bunches

Packages of Lettuce           200 

Containers with Tomato or Green Pepper with soil       124

42 different kinds of vegetable seeds (several radishes, squash, green beans, okra, corn, peas, lettuce, lima beans, turnips, many different kinds)

  • Several packages of flower seeds were also donated and given away.

  • Lacon, Henry, and Granville plants were given away the four weeks of May.  Toluca and Wenona distributed the month of May  the food pantries were open. 

Lacon                 225 families

Henry                 180 families

Granville           90 families

Wenona             27 families

Toluca                32 families

  • 554 Families were given some type of plants or seeds


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If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at 309 364-2356.  Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.

Local Contact: Anne Scheel, Program Coordinator, 4-H,