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,


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:

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:

How to apply:

Email answers to questions below to ACGA Board Member Bill Maynard at 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.

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

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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!

5/2 Coalition of Austin Community Gardens working group meeting notes

Hello gardeners!  Please see the meeting notes from our 5/2 CACG working group meeting below.

Coalition of Austin Community Gardens Working Group

May 2, 2017 6-7 pm at Sustainable Food Center

Note-Taker: Sari Albornoz

Present: Janet Adams (Sunshine CG), Kay McMurry (SCG), Greg Hammond (Homewood Heights CG), Meredith Gauthier (City of Austin), Sari Albornoz (SFC).

  1. Introductions & Announcements
    1. Meredith gave brief overview of how last panel discussion went. Friends and Foes: Managing Pests & Invasives w/Wizzie Brown. Turnout of about 20 ppl.
    2. Originally proposed date for next panel discussion now has Patterson Park CG’s Grand Opening(!) scheduled on it – May 27th. Need to find new date.
  2. Confirm panel meeting date
    1. June 3rd, 10-11:30am
  3. Discuss and choose panel topic and speakers
    1. Water: irrigation and rainwater – CONFIRMED. Call it: Water Capture, Storage, & Conservation at Community Garden
      1. Greg H. (from HHCG) will be a panelist. 2 more panelists. Ideally, people who can speak to setting up RW system, technical/logistical aspect of it. Possible panelists: Staryn Wagner from City of Austin Watershed Protection (MEREDITH will ask if others are not available), Ed Parken, Master Gardener who spoke at our previous RW harvesting panel discussion– SARI will ask. Other possible panelists: Liz Cardinal (SFC) SARI will ask.
    2. Volunteer management and volunteer management systems
    3. Other
  4. Discuss and choose panel host
    1. North Austin Community Garden
    2. Homewood Heights Community Garden – CONFIRMED
    3. Other
  5. Discussion Structure & Questions
    1. Structure:
      1. 10:00-10:05 am Arrival & settling in
      2. 10:05-10:30 am Greg lead tour of Homewood Heights’ system
      3. 10:30- 11:15 am Panel Q’s
      4. 11:15-11:45 am Q&A
      5. 11:45am-12:00 pm Wrap up
    2. Questions
      1. What system do you recommend for harvesting rainwater?
      2. What advice do you have for managing mosquitos?
      3. How did you fund your rainwater capture system, or what resources do you know of for funding rainwater capture systems?
      4. How does the City rainwater rebate system work, and where can you find information about this? (rainwater collection rebate, rainscape rebate)
      5. What water conservation strategies do you recommend?
      6. Any last comments from panelists
  6. Panel Outreach
    1. Greg will outreach to his neighborhood
    2. Meredith will make the Facebook invitation & will make Greg a co-owner of event, and will share with KAB, NWF, and on Nature in the City, Master Gardeners
    3. Sari will send it out to CACG listserv, SFC’s Community Happenings section of newsletter,  and will put on CACG website.
    4. Kay and Janet will put in Sunshine CG’s newsletter & website
  7. Website Update
    1. Meredith and Sari shared updated website. Old url now leads to new site!
  8. Policy Update
    1. Austin Travis County Food Policy Board Codes & Ordinances Working Group is looking at food-related language in CodeNEXT. Analysis doc, if interested: (please don’t edit if you’re not coming to the C&O Working Group meetings). CodeNEXT Draft language:
    2. ATCFPB Working Groups are:
      1. Farmland Access & Preservation
      2. Healthy Food Access
      3. Budget
      4. Codes & Ordinances
    3. To keep in the loop, sign up for Austin Food Notes:
    4. Onion Creek FEMA Buyout area: City looking at using for agriculture. Will send out RFPs.
  9. Action Items and Next Meetings
    1. Highlighted in red throughout
    2. We’ll decide next meeting date & next panel date over email. Meredith or Sari will send out Doodle poll.