City of Austin Soil Kitchen April 14 & 15 and Texas AgriLife Extension East Austin Garden Fair April 14 at Parque Zaragoza

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Get your soil tested for free (heavy metals and nutrient levels) at the City of Austin Brownfields Office Soil Kitchen event on April 14 & 15 at Parque Zaragoza. Backyard gardeners, school, and community gardens are all eligible to bring samples! For details on how to collect soil samples: http://www.austintexas.gov/soilkitchen

If you’re there on Saturday, April 14, enjoy the East Austin Garden Fair (9am-2pm), which will be full of DIY and educational gardening activities: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/

 

Two free Community Garden Trainings Coming up at Sustainable Food Center

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Sustainable Food Center’s Garden Leadership Trainings empower school staff, parents, and community members to start and sustain a school or community garden. Registration is required.

Trainings are free and will take place at SFC (2921 E. 17th St., Building C, 787802). We will provide free childcare.

For more details and to register visit SFC’s Classes webpage or contact Bianca Bidiuc Peterson, Grow Local Program Manager, (512) 220-1097, bianca@sustainablefoodcenter.org.

 

Community Gardener Potluck Brunch

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Photo Credit: ALBERTO MARTINEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Community Gardener Potluck Brunch

Sunday February 25th, 12-2pm

 

What better way to meet and share ideas with your fellow community gardeners than over brunch? The Coalition of Austin Community Gardens is organizing a potluck brunch for community gardeners, graciously hosted by Patterson Park Community Garden. Bring a brunch dish (points for incorporating garden harvest), your own reusable plate/utensils/cup, a lawn chair, and your questions and ideas. We’ll provide coffee! It’s going to be a lovely morning—we hope to see you there!

  • When: Sunday, February 25th 10am-12pm
  • Where: Patterson Park Community Garden, 4200 Brookview Rd., 78722 (off of Airport, just north of 38th ½ St.)
  • What to bring: A brunch dish + your own reusable plate, utensils, cup, and lawn/folding chair.
  • Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/741002749443746/

Grant Opportunity: City of Austin Urban Forest Grant

From the City of Austin website:

The Urban Forest Grant (UFG) has been established to promote conservation and improvement projects that benefit Austin’s urban forest. This program is supported by the Urban Forest Replenishment Fund, which was created to mitigate the impact of tree removals. The UFG enhances the urban forest through projects associated with tree planting, education, public service announcements, award programs, disease control, inventorying, and other related efforts. Individuals, businesses, academic and private institutions, home owners associations, youth groups and non-profit organizations may apply for funding for projects that show a clear benefit to Austin’s urban forest. Please read the application for further information!

https://www.austintexas.gov/page/urban-forest-grant-program

$500 Grant Opportunity for Community Gardens in Austin for Pollinator-Friendly Garden Projects – Must be member of ACGA

American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is partnering with Buzz and Bloom Honey to offer a $500 grant opportunity for Austin community gardens adding pollinator-friendly elements to their garden. Deadline for applications: Monday, August 21st at midnight. Must be an ACGA member to apply.
Funding must be used for:
• Pollinator-friendly garden plants of fruit trees
• Gardens within 25 miles from a location where Buzz and Bloom Honey is sold (includes Whole Foods locations)
*To be eligible to apply, your garden must be an Organization-level member of ACGA. Join ACGA here: https://communitygarden.org/membership/.

How to apply:

Email answers to questions below to ACGA Board Member Bill Maynard at wmaynard@cityofsacramento.org. Use the subject line, “Honey Grant”. Feel free to also reach out to Bill with questions about the application.

Garden Info:

Name of the Garden:
Address of the Garden:
Contact Name:
Contact Address:
Contact Phone:
Contact Email:

Questions:

  1. Does your garden have an ACGA membership (required to apply)?
  2. Tell us a few specifics about your garden.
  3. Is your garden a non-profit or fiscally sponsored by a non-profit agency? Note that grant check must be written to organizations, not individuals.
  4. When was your garden created?
  5. What is the number of plots?
  6. What is the number of gardeners?
  7. Tell us about the community involved in your garden.
  8. What makes your garden special?
  9. How is your garden sustained?
  10. Has your garden suffered any hardships or setbacks?
  11. Do you have room to plant fruit trees?
  12. What would you do with the money?

Photo submission:

Send three photos of your garden. Photos should show as much of the garden as possible and also include gardeners,  if possible. Please attach photos when submitting the grant application.

Water Capture, Storage, and Conservation at Community Gardens Panel Discussion, June 3, 2017, 10-11:30am

Just in time for summer gardening – let’s talk about water! Visit Homewood Heights Community Garden for a tour and panel discussion all about water capture, storage, and conservation. Learn success strategies for setting up a rainwater system and the technical ins and outs of water storage and conservation and mulching techniques. Meredith Gauthier from City of Austin Parks and Recreation will also explain the City’s rainwater rebate program.

Panel speakers: Greg Hammond from Homewood Heights Community Garden. Other water expert panelists TBD. Panel discussion will be held in a shaded area. : )

When: Saturday, June 3rd, 10-11:30am

Where: Homewood Heights Community Garden, 2606 Sol Wilson Dr., 78702

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1272163382882375/

Registration up for 2017 American Community Gardening Association Conference, July 27-30 in Hartford, CT!

The American Community Gardening Association hosts an annual bi-national conference that is a fantastic way to meet gardeners and advocates from across the U.S. and Canada (and beyond), as well as wonderful way to learn about best practices for successful community gardens and about other food justice projects.

Registration is open and scholarships are available (applications are due TODAY, May 5 at 5pm EST, 4pm CST).

Check it out! Sustainable Food Center will be sending their Grow Local’s program director (Sari Albornoz). Consider sending a representative from  your garden!

https://communitygarden.org/conference/registrationscholarships/