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Jamielee Shanahan works in her garden.

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Everyone who visits Jamielee Shanahan's house seems to leave with a bag of produce.

She's taking advantage of that trend for a good cause.

For the last three summers, the extra bounty from her home garden - cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet peppers, herbs and more - has raised money for charitable endeavors.

"If you're going to donate to charity, you might as well get dinner out of it, too," said Shanahan, 31, of North Attleboro.

This year, by growing produce Shanahan will be helping couples grow their families. The proceeds from her farm stand, Bloom, will go to AGC Scholarships, a Mansfield-based organization that assists people dealing with infertility.

In vitro fertilization can cost those trying to conceive tens of thousands of dollars. The group's work advocates for those families and directly supports their treatment through "scholarships."

Shanahan, a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor, learned of the organization after founder Aprill Lane of Mansfield started bringing one of her sons in for treatment about 3 1/2 years ago.

Lane launched AGC Scholarships in 2010 after her own struggle with infertility that involved 10 in vitro fertilizations. She and her husband adopted their oldest son, and later had a second son through pregnancy.

She says Shanahan's approach to agriculture fits the ethos of those interested in fertility.

"Her gardens are organic and non-GMO, and that's important to the infertility community - putting the least amount of toxins into your body," Lane said. "I actually had two of her cucumbers yesterday. She's so good. She should have a real farm going."

When Shanahan and her husband moved five years ago to their home on Kelley Boulevard, where she runs both her chiropractic practice and the farm stand, she began dabbling in gardening and half-seriously imagined eventually starting a crop-sharing program.

But as the garden expanded, she started running out of friends and family on whom to unload the harvest. The garden, which she manages herself with her 2- and 4-year-old daughters as sidekicks, now covers about 2,000 square feet, with a recently added orchard area, and plans to introduce chickens for eggs.

People also started offering donations in exchange for their vegetables. Three years ago, she sent the money - about $500 - to the Life is Good Playmakers, a group that helps children recovering from early trauma. Last year, the roughly $500 that came in was split between AGC Scholarships and the family of Dawn Ditano, a local Crossfit instructor who died of cancer.

This year, Shanahan is aiming for $1,000. To achieve that goal, she launched a Facebook page to get the word out, and she's starting to see people come through who aren't already there for chiropractic appointments.

"It's already bigger than I imagined it being," she said. "I don't know what the future holds."

Bloom is located at 355 Kelley Blvd. Those interested in buying from the farm stand can follow the availability of produce at www.facebook.com/BloomGardeningForGood.

On Wednesday, Bloom is hosting a free event with the Attleboro Garden Club 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where the public can learn about gardening and harvest vegetables and herbs.

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