SFC’s Garden Leadership Training is around the corner 2/26/19 & 2/27/19!

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SFC: Garden Leadership Training

This 2-part training is for teachers, parents, and community members interested in starting (or reviving) and sustaining a school or a community garden. The training will cover key components to running a successful garden. Teachers may register for free!

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 26 & 27, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Sustainable Food Center: 2921 E 17th St Bldg C, Austin, TX 78722

Price: $30 (free for teachers & 5 additional need based scholarships are available – please email bianca AT sustainablefoodcenter.org to request a spot) Register here.

Grant Opportunity: 2019 Chronic Disease Prevention Mini-Grant

From the Austin Public Health website:


Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and diabetes make up nearly three out of five deaths in Travis County.

The good news is that active living, healthy eating, and not using tobacco can help prevent chronic disease. Austin Public Health funds projects to prevent chronic disease in Austin and Travis County. Grants can be up to $2500 with a focus on making a lasting change.

Projects should address health disparities by reaching people who face higher rates of chronic disease (such as people with lower incomes, and people who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian American).

Projects should focus on one (or more) of these topics:

  • Active living
  • Tobacco-free living
  • Healthy eating
  • Community gardens
  • Healthy food pantries
  • Breastfeeding support


Austin Public Health LogoTo Apply Online Click Here: https://www.healthyplaceshealthypeople.org/mini-grant/

For more information on eligibility requirements, please follow this link: https://www.healthyplaceshealthypeople.org/mycommunity/

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


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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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!


$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:


  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.