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.
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!
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)
Email answers to questions below to ACGA Board Member Bill Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line, “Honey Grant”. Feel free to also reach out to Bill with questions about the application.
Name of the Garden:
Address of the Garden:
Does your garden have an ACGA membership (required to apply)?
Tell us a few specifics about your garden.
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.
When was your garden created?
What is the number of plots?
What is the number of gardeners?
Tell us about the community involved in your garden.
What makes your garden special?
How is your garden sustained?
Has your garden suffered any hardships or setbacks?
Do you have room to plant fruit trees?
What would you do with the money?
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.
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
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!
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).
Introductions & Announcements
Meredith gave brief overview of how last panel discussion went. Friends and Foes: Managing Pests & Invasives w/Wizzie Brown. Turnout of about 20 ppl.
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.
Confirm panel meeting date
June 3rd, 10-11:30am
Discuss and choose panel topic and speakers
Water: irrigation and rainwater – CONFIRMED. Call it: Water Capture, Storage, & Conservation at Community Garden
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.
Volunteer management and volunteer management systems
Discuss and choose panel host
North Austin Community Garden
Homewood Heights Community Garden – CONFIRMED
Discussion Structure & Questions
10:00-10:05 am Arrival & settling in
10:05-10:30 am Greg lead tour of Homewood Heights’ system
10:30- 11:15 am Panel Q’s
11:15-11:45 am Q&A
11:45am-12:00 pm Wrap up
What system do you recommend for harvesting rainwater?
What advice do you have for managing mosquitos?
How did you fund your rainwater capture system, or what resources do you know of for funding rainwater capture systems?
How does the City rainwater rebate system work, and where can you find information about this? (rainwater collection rebate, rainscape rebate)
What water conservation strategies do you recommend?
Any last comments from panelists
Greg will outreach to his neighborhood
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
Sari will send it out to CACG listserv, SFC’s Community Happenings section of newsletter, and will put on CACG website.
Kay and Janet will put in Sunshine CG’s newsletter & website