Hot off the press – our 2023 Avondale Gardening Alliance wall calendar! It’s more than just a calendar though folks, it’s an interactive tool to walk you through your gardening year from January – December. For $10 you’ll receive a physical wall calendar with moon phases and AGA events included, and a QR code on each month that gives you access to secret spots on our website with in-depth weekly gardening tasks, gardener interviews, recipes, and so much more.
Come tour Avondale gardens and learn about all things urban agriculture and sustainability. Whether you’re an apartment dweller, a homeowner, or a small business, we’ve got something for you!
We’ve planned things like: master seed starting; pet some chickens; attract birds and pollinators to your yard; learn homebrewing and growing; meet a giant beaver; make seed bombs; harvest and process medicinal herbs; discover the benefits of fermenting foods; learn beekeeping and much more!
It’s all happening Sunday, August 28th, from 12pm to 5pm in a walkable area of East Avondale. Then join us at Chief O’Neill’s to spend those raffle tickets on fun prizes! Meet your neighbors and join our support network for new and experienced “farmers” and makers.
Click and save the map above or plan to grab a paper map from Concordia Place at 3300 N. Whipple noon-5p. The map describes the demos and activities you can find at each Fair stop. Got the map – plan your route! You can start and end anywhere – hop around as much or as little as you’d like. Raffle tickets will be given out at some fair stops, and sold at the After Party. AGA raffles are THE BEST.
*If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out: AvondaleFair@gmail.com AGA still has volunteer tasks to share Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to share. The Avondale Gardening Alliance is completely volunteer run and all time and funding is donated! We can always use more hands on deck. See ya soon! #AvondaleGardeningAlliance#AvondaleGardeners
Our biggest, most fun event, the AGA Garden and Agriculture Fair (AGAF), is right around the corner on Sunday, August 28th! Reach out to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember how much fun we had? If you live in east Avondale, let us know if you’d be willing to host a fair stop. No matter where you live, let us know if you’d like to participate by demonstrating a skill to your neighbors, helping coordinate the raffle, sharing your favorite garden recipe, introducing us to new ways to use our plants, helping promote the event, curate a host site, or supporting the AGAF in another way. The AGAF is an excellent way to get involved in your community for introverts and extroverts alike!
We’re planning/scheduling AGA Happy Hours around the neighborhood and on varying days of the week to foster neighbor interactions! Some are BYO bevvys and snacks at the MLG, some are meet at outdoor patio of pub, others are BYO bevvy + watch a demo/learn something cool such as floral design at Rooted with Lynn and basics of sprouting and microgreens at Emily’s. We host may sharing/trading, zoom, and beautification events every year, where we’re so busy being awesome we forget or are short on time for socializing and catching up. This summer, we’re making an effort and making time to catch up. Check the Events & Planning Tab for schedule. See you soon!
We had a tshirt shop open for two weeks. YAY! Barrel Maker local printer, All Made super soft super sustainable shirts, AGA-style. When we’re ready for the next shirt run, we’ll post that announcement and link here!
Avondale Gardener neighbors have been agreeing to trade and share surplus seedlings via a dedicated Facebook subgroup since early May. Drop off of surplus (swapped or extras) seedlings SAT 5/14 at Metropolitan Brewery 11a-5p. Pick up of pre-arranged swaps happens early Sunday.
THEN, SUN 1-3p we’ll sell the surplus seedlings for small donation to YOUR neighborhood AGA! We use these funds to buy supplies for additional raised beds, chicken coops, specialty seeds, flyers, banners, and outreach efforts.
FINALLY! Come have beers with AG neighbors and meet some of our Admin IRL! Sunday noon-2 at Metropolitan Brewery at Rockwell on the River (3057 N Rockwell St). Mix of meet-and-greet / AGA does this and that / Social Sunday with Suds.
Want to see our AGA Seed Library (YES. Yes, you do.) link to see
Got seeds from us? Reminders/rules of thumb:
**Depth to plant seeds is equal to the longest length (1/2 IN seed – plant 1/2 under soil).
**Spacing between seeds should equal the mature size of that plant.
**Keep soil of newly planted seeds moist for a week. Most will germinate and sprout in a week or so.
**Most seeds we had packs to give away are cool weather crops and can be planted now/soon!
**General ‘safe date’ to plant most plants and seeds is Mother’s Day round here.
Again, this year we’ll post surplus seed offerings to swap on dedicated FB group starting 2/14; drop off seeds at Swap Central(s) Sun 2/20; pickups Sunday 2/27. Review what you’ve got and what you’d like to grow this year in prep for the swap. We’re ~12 weeks off from average last frost, y’all! email or FB post questions if you got em! Need seeds – see link below photos!
We’ve cataloged all the AGA seed collection into one google sheet available for viewing online! Big effort and we’re really excited to share this tool with you. We’re also working hard to grow our network and get gardening resources to all our neighbors, so we created a companion short fill-in form below. Through form submission, we’ll send you a link to view our new and snazzy seed library. Get ready for 2022 garden season with Avondale seeds! https://forms.gle/WAz8cPUSXvGbjdkU8