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Avondale Gardening Group Raising Money For Community Garden, Agriculture Fair

The group is selling T-shirts and hoodies with an "Avondale Gardeners" logo on them. Sales end Monday.

The T-shirt and hoodie fundraiser will go toward the group's community garden and its annual agriculture fair.
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AVONDALE — Avondale Gardening Alliance, a neighborhood group dedicated to urban agriculture, is selling T-shirts and hoodies to raise money for its community garden and agriculture fair.

The group’s community garden at 3323 N. Drake Ave. doesn’t have its own water source, according to lead organizer Laura Bomkamp.

Bomkamp said the T-shirt fundraiser will hopefully allow the group to fix the roof on the shed and “get through the next season.” Eventually the group is looking to install a water feed, which will cost around $10,000, she said.

“We are currently working on collecting rainwater with a long-term goal of eventually putting in a feed from the city,” Bomkamp said in an email.

The money raised will also go toward the group’s agriculture fair, set for Aug. 30.

“It’ll provide free hands on activities like bee box building, space making, free food and drinks, seed saving workshops, etc.,” Bomkamp said.

The fair, described as a “garden walk meets county fair,” allows folks to wander in and out of their neighbors’ homes and backyards to check out their urban gardens and agricultural systems.

The T-shirts and hoodies all have “Avondale Gardeners” logos on them and can be bought online. They cost between $18-$32 and are being printed by local company Barrelmaker Printing. Sales end Monday.

The group is also raising money through GoFundMe indefinitely.

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