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Community Chips In To Help Fund Benson Garden

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- Yard sales are one of the most common ways to get rid of unwanted goods for some quick cash.  That's exactly what the Benson Community Garden is doing to keep its plots in top condition.

Neighbors from all over the Benson community de-cluttered their homes to donate goods for the first ever community garden sale.  Proceeds earned will help keep the garden growing, so planters like Justin Ballard can keep their plots blooming.

"It's important to have fresh produce and minerals.  Something that's healthy, that's fresh that's an alternative to fast food, sugar, processed food, processed sugar," said Ballard.

Usually, the Benson Community Garden applies for a grant from the city to keep it running.  This year, directors of the garden hope to find help from their neighbors for the funding.

"We have various different expenses, so this fundraiser will help offset, for instance, the water bill, some of the maintenance costs of the garden," said garden director, Kurt Goetzinger.

Ballard said, now matter how unique or unusual the items for sale are, the sense of community is what keeps the garden full of life.

"The people that I garden with, each and every one of them are very helpful and many of them are friends that I would not have had otherwise if I didn't garden here," said Ballard.

The sale also gives back to those in need. The items that aren't sold will be donated to the open door mission.  The sale continues tomorrow from 8 AM to 4 PM.  The garden is directly on the corner of 60th and Western street.  If you have anything you would like to donate you can still drop them off at the garden before 8 AM Saturday. 

fthompson@kptm.com

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