ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A community garden in north St. Louis is without tools after thieves stole more than $1,000 of equipment from its tool shed.

The incident happened July 1 at the 13th Street Garden on the intersection of 13th Street and St. Louis Avenue.

The garden's organizers said the thieves climbed over the garden's fence and busted out the lock on the tool shed doors. There were more than 35 tools in the shed, including shovels and hoes.

"This garden is pretty essential to the North City farmers market providing produce," said Matt Evens, the community outreach specialist with Gateway Greening. "This is also something Gateway Greening deals with a lot. Usually with most of our gardens, sometimes there is theft and we try to do the best we can to replace those tools so people can keep growing."

Matt Fernandez, the community development specialist of the Old North Restoration group, said the theft has made it hard for locals to participate in gardening.

"It's hard to do that without shovels or tools," he said. "So, it makes everything that much more difficult."

The garden is hopeful it will be able to receive donations to replace its lost tools.

If you are interested in helping out, you can contact the Gateway Greening offices at 2211 Washington Street or by phone at 314-588-9600 extension 101. A list of tools that were stolen are available by phone.

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