CURRENTLY ON HIATUS DUE TO LACK OF CITY WATER – more updates soon.
about: the deloney street community garden is a not-for-profit project in conjunction with ecology action, treasure city thrift and the sustainable food center. It is part of the sustainable food center’s network of community gardens. note: first priority for bed space at the community garden goes to deloney street residents.
directions: the garden is located on deloney street, between east 12th and MLK in east austin, texas. take east 12th street east past airport boulevard and deloney street is the 3rd street on the left. or from springdale road, take east 12th west and deloney street is the 4th street on the right.
our mission is:
- 1. to reclaim urban space for growing food
2. exchange skills and resources that empower people to create food gardens at home.
3. emphasize the reuse of salvaged materials to build the garden.
our vision for the space is:
Phase 1 (COMPLETED)- make the space look like a community garden and draw in more volunteers
- cut back bushes, shrubs, tree limbs and invasive trees on front lot
- remove rocks and other debris
- build 7 sets of raised beds on upper level and wood mulch around them
- plant a cover crop
- build stone lined wood mulch paths from road to creek and along front of property (in progress, more mulch needed)
- build low fence along front
- build gateway to garden
- plant flowers on easement at front of property
- move garden sign to the fence line
- move permaculture infrastructure over from rhizome.
- build creek bridge at end of mulch path
- increase involvement with the sustainable food center by attending their community garden alliance meetings
- contact every residence on deloney street and surrounding streets to inform and invite to participate. follow up every work day.
Phase 2 – structures, restoration, funding
- bring in more loads of mulch
- finish plumbing on water catchment barrels & test irrigation system pressure
- creek cleanup and restoration
- removal of invasive trees
- find sources of free soil and rockd
- planting of fruit trees
- build new beds on lower level
- build a compost tea brewer
- build a compost tumbler barrel
- keep destroying poison ivy
- build round beds with available rocks in front of water catchment shed
- clear woodland area of trash and dead wood/brush
- build picnic table and benches from available wood
- form a collective of involved people to manage the garden by consensus (100% agreement)
- discuss and agree on project mission, vision, street by street models and goals, with completion dates.
- “umbrella” garden project as a 501(c)3 non-profit
- research exclusions from property tax for non-profits and land trusts
- improve drainage system between upper and lower levels of front lot
- build greenhouse with water catchment
- build small structures in the front woodland area for teaching (platform, tree-house etc)
- native plant restoration in the woodland
- woodland food plant research and cultivation
- teach-ins and skillshares related to gardening
- improve and filter drainage of water from street to creek
- cut back pampas and replace with less invasive timber bamboo
- seek grants, funding, fund-raising opportunities.