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RE: Small fundraising projects for community gardens

Urban garden ideas:
We have an annual  food festival near us where we sell the bulk of our
T-shirts, coffee mugs, baseball hats, cook books and other promotional stuff
( Logo" "Gardener from Hell's Kitchen"). We sell this stuff year round in
dribs and drabs too. Every little bit counts. We make a profit, but it costs
us money to make money. Cocktail parties, international pot lucks and
passing around the hat at garden sponsored concerts is another thing we do (
yes, the t-shirts etc. are for sale there too.) 

Some folks even like to get married in our garden. Seeing that it's cheaper
than any other public venue with flowers, birds and bees we make a few bucks
there too. The selling point is that we don't collect fees but suggest that
folks make a 100% tax deductable contribution to the Garden. ( We're a
501(c) (3) corporation). Tax decuctablity is always a big plus.
 The agricultural product we sell ( and give away to funders and politicos)
is honey from our beehive ( we got 75 lbs. last year) . Some gardens with
more space might consider this as another fundraising medium.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	tldawson@ci.des-moines.ia.us [SMTP:tldawson@ci.des-moines.ia.us]
> Sent:	Tuesday, July 25, 2000 2:04 PM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] Small fundraising projects for community gardens
> We are in the process of putting together a tip sheet on fundraising
> projects for individual community gardens (gardens at schools, shelters,
> neighborhood associations, etc.).  We started to brainstorm projects such
> as
> selling unique produce at a farmer's market or selling cut flowers.  We
> thought about crafts made from the garden but weren't sure what type of
> crafts might sell well.  We also researched what perennial fruit crops
> might
> be fairly easy to maintain and easy to sell.  Is there anything we should
> caution groups about such as strict health codes for making and selling
> salsa?
> Any thoughts on any of the above ideas?
> Teva Dawson
> Des Moines Botanical Center
> 909 East River Drive
> Des Moines, IA  50316
> Phone:  515/323-8907
> Fax:  515/323-8999
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