The mission of the Coalition of Austin Community Gardens is to facilitate the creation of more community gardens in the Greater Austin Metro Area. We strive to foster stability and land security for existing gardens, and to help them to become more vibrant, diverse places.

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Blackshear Garden Work Party and Plant Sale 3/9

Join us at Blackshear Neighborhood Garden Saturday March 9th from 2-5pm for our big spring work party! We will be giving the garden a facelift after a long winter and getting new seeds and plants in the ground.

We are also hosting a Plant Sale! Lone Star Nursery will be delivering a wide variety of veggie starts available for purchase at the garden. Everyone is welcome to come check out their selection and stock up for springtime. Join us at 2011 E. 9th Street for this great opportunity.

Free Hugelkultur Workshop Sat 2/16 12n-2pm

If you’ve noticed Wintertime on the wane and are hankering to get your hands in the earth again, come on and join friends of Blackshear Neighborhood Garden at the


During the 2 hour workshop with experienced hugelkulturist and urban homesteader Matt Hollon you will:
-Understand the methods of water-conscious hugelkulture bed construction.
-Install a hugelkulture bed from start to finish at the 9th Street Schoolhouse in east Austin.Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 12 noon – 2pm
Location: 2006 E. 9th St.
Cost: FREE
Wear sturdy shoes, gardening clothes, and bring a shovel if you have one.

CHILDCARE PROVIDED by GrowinTogether after school program!
Coffee, tea, and snacks provided for your refreshment!

Sign up by RSVP’ing to the facebook event page or email caitlin.macklin@gmail.com
Hope you can join us!


Blackshear Garden Potluck & Party Sunday 6/17

You’re invited to join the Blackshear Gardeners and Neighbors for our quarterly potluck and party!

This Sunday 6/17

6pm potluck

8pm live music by The Cans and My Neighbor Nancy


What to Bring:

a dish and/or drinks to share

your own place setting

a chair if you’d like

Click here for the facebook event page.

We hope you can come out to meet neighbors, enjoy the garden, and check out our projects: rainwater collection, sustainable building techniques, chickens, shared garden rows, and compost.

Email caitlin.macklin[at]gmail.com with questions.

SFC’s next Community Garden Leadership Training 6/16/12!

Find out how to contribute to the economic, social, and environmental vitality of your neighborhood by starting a community garden. In this workshop, we will cover:

- Community Organizing
- How to Secure Land
- Garden Organization Structures
- Fundraising & Community Outreach

We will also take a tour of New Day Community Garden, led by one of the community garden coordinators. This garden was started on the grounds of the Baha’i Center.

There is a high interest in community gardening in Austin, and very limited spaces available at the current community gardens. Come learn about how we can work together to start more gardens!

Registration is required for this free class. To register visit this link.

Questions? Contact Josh at 236-0074 x105 or josh (at) sustainablefoodcenter (dot) org.

When: Saturday, June 16, 9:00am-1:00pm  
Where: Austin Baha’i Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin Avenue, Austin, TX 78723

3rd Annual Austin Community Gardening Tour

Join us for the 3rd Annual Austin Community Gardening Tour on Saturday, April 28th, from 12 – 4pm.  This free, friendly-to-all-ages, open-house style tour provides the opportunity to visit an inspiring array of gardens throughout the Austin area where participants are growing food and growing community together. Get on your bike, in your car, or on your feet and check out this showcase of urban food-growing strategies! Enjoy instructional talks, celebrations, kids’ activities, and the opportunity to get your hands dirty by helping at a work day along the way.

The tour is followed by a Celebration of Community Gardening at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St., from 6 – 9 pm.  Enjoy local food at a p•tl♣ck picnic and learn what’s been going on in the world of community gardens over the past year from the City and Coalition representatives. Then dance to infectious beats from The Flyin’ A’s under the light of a moontower.

Click here to read more…


Check out grow-together.org for upcoming gardening events!

February 25th garden expansion at Gateway chruch.

March 31st grow-together film will be played at the Attic Film festival at the St. JOhns For The City Building. 

March 10 th community party at Capitol Village apartments.

For more info go to: grow-together.org:)

We are also looking for a bi-lingual garden leader to help us out at our Food pantry at Gateway Church. The food pantry hours are 10 am until 12 pm every Wednesday.

Upcoming Events at Blackshear Neighborhood Garden

New garden work day hours for fall/winter: Sundays 2-5pm. Want to garden but can’t get a plot? Sign up for a monthly shift in our shared community rows.

Cob Wall Workshop sponsored and taught by the fine folks at Design~Build~Live! Saturday November 12th 9am-5pm. Learn about this sustainable building practice while contributing to our garden’s kid play space. Go to designbuildlive.org to register or contact Caitlin for more information.

Our quarterly Garden Dinner will be November 19th at 6pm. Please join us for fellowship and good times in the garden. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting.

December Work Party will be Saturday Dec. 3rd 9am-1pm. The Urban Farm Tour will roll through then as well, so come be part of the magic! Projects on tap: Solar Panel Mounting and Compost Pile Reorganization.

Workshop by TCMG on Bio-Intensive Gardening

We had a successful workshop at Blackshear Garden Saturday 10/8/11 on Bio-Intensive Gardening. Big thank you to Rosalie, Joe, and the rest of the Travis County Master Gardeners who made this free workshop possible. Folks from all over town came to learn about adapting this method of gardening to the Austin area. It was really great to learn from experienced Texas gardeners, and to make connections with other folks who grow food.

A message from South Austin Community Garden gardeners

The gardeners at the South Austin Community Garden (SACG) wish to inform you that the SACG was closed at the end of August 2011.  The SACG was formerly on Salvation Army property, which was recently purchased and will be developed into condos.  The developer is Terry Mitchell of Momark Development, who is locally well known and most recently worked on The Austonian (here is a relevant article from a recent issue of the Austin Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/print-edition/2011/07/15/austonian-developer-plans-s-austin-condo.html).

The silver lining is that the Galindo Neighborhood Association and developer negotiated and signed contractual paperwork to establish a new community garden on another part of the property.  We are unsure when this will occur; however, SACG members were informed it could be as soon as next year.  A number of SACG gardeners hope to resume gardening at the new community garden when it is up & running.  Meanwhile, SACG gardeners plan to continue meeting and maintain and post updates to the SACG website at www.main.org/sacgarden/aboutus.html. Thanks for your support.

Grow Together Community Garden : Preparing for Growth!


1. Untreated cedar wood for Gateways garden. Someone has donated soil we just need untreated cedar to put up the the raised beds. If you are redoing a deck or fence and your old wood is untreated cedar this wood would be perfect for our raised beds at Gateway.
2. An invitation for people to join us out in the Garden. They can call me at at 816-835-9839 or email me at growtogether@GatewayChurch.com, Facebook (Growtogether)or the LOOP to get plugged in. We meet at the Gateway Food Pantry Wednesday from 11:00 am until 1PM.  We meet at the Refugee garden at 7pm at Capitol Village Apt. 6855 E. Highway 290 Austin, TX 78723.
3. And people can donated money to the refugee water expense at Mobile Loaves and Fishes website www.mlf.org and clicking Donate go down the programs and click Karpophero and send an email to steven@mlf.org stating their donation is going to the refugee garden.
4. Chef Chris will be coming in Wednesday during the Food Pantry hours showing people how to prepare and cook the veggies from the garden. All of our educational programs are free/gratis so take advantage of it.