We’ve got an array of colorful flowers growing at the garden right now! Pop on by to smell the roses and bask in the beauty growing in section B of the garden.
In order from left to right: Rue, Zinnias, Roses, Cone flowers, Cyclamen, Rue
Thanks to everyone who came to our November workday last weekend!
Our workdays are a great way to meet fellow gardeners and community members. For more information on getting involved in a community workday visit our Volunteer page.
Our next workday is this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Come out early and beat the heat! We need lots of help restoring the garden from Hurricane Harvey damage!
Tasks for the workday include weeding and mulching the orchard, rain garden/ swale, communal vegetable area, habitat areas, and perennial beds, maintaining the accessible areas, and assisting in the compost area.
Will we have free snacks and drinks. All ages are welcome. No gardening experience is needed.
To sign up for future community workdays and other Garden events, click here!
See you on Saturday!
Our next workday is this Saturday we will start early at 8:00 and probably put everything up by 9:30 to prepare for the “Coyote Awareness” talk by animal control. It should be very interesting. Please come and learn.
See you on Saturday
Alec & Raingarden team
Please plan on joining fellow gardeners for this month’s Workday. Projects include:
-take apart a raised bed
-weed/clean up other raised beds and compost
-weed and mulch wildlife habitat areas
-weed and compost asparagus beds
-help herb team weed paths and beds
As an additional treat, join Herbalist Ginger Webb to learn about the medicinal use of plants from 9:30-10:30am.
The plant sale will be from 9-noon selling tomatoes, herbs and greens.
We will also have some recruiting efforts for open gardening leadership positions.
See you tomorrow at Festival Beach!
Ready to be part of a city wide effort to maintain our city’s parks? For the 15th year, Austin Parks Foundation is hosting It’s My Park Day on Saturday March 4th. As part of this great event, we’re hosting a park project at Festival Beach Community Garden from 9 am to 12 pm. We’ll be working on path maintenance, removing invasives, and mulching trees and we need your help! Volunteer registration is open and we’d love for you to join us. Register online today at GivePulse. You must register online in order to receive a free t-shirt and other goodies. Plus, we’ll have coffee from Texas Coffee Traders and snacks from Wheatsville! Spend a lovely Saturday morning in the garden plus you’ll get your work hours in and meet new people.
Just reaching out to everyone to remind then that there is a going to be meet and greet as well as tours of the food forest, live music, and food in the afternoon following the work day.
I have been working with Liz and Ally to try to help set this up and one thing they have requested is any volunteers to help set up after the work day. It will be very easy including helping setting up a generator some beer and tables as well as working a table to represent the Festival Beach Community Garden. Times when they would need most assistance would be from 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock. And then for breakdown around sunset.
Please spread the word to anyone about this event as we want as many people to be there to help support the Food Forest as it celebrates its one-year anniversary.
The Festival Beach Food Forest is a volunteer-managed, 3/4-acre edible landscape on public park land. Our mission is to grow edible forest gardens on public lands to nourish, educate, and inspire. We are nearing our one-year groundbreaking anniversary and need help to plant HUNDREDS of perennial plants throughout the food forest on It’s My Park Day. This park will create public access to free herbs, medicines and healthy foods for years to come. After planting, we’ll celebrate together with music, festivities and an East Feast potluck.
Here’s our tentative schedule for the day:
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Festival Beach Food Forest volunteering (RSVP here, esp if you want an It’s My Park Day T-shirt: https://givepul.se/4zady)
2:15 PM — Free guided tour of the food forest (English y Español)
2:30-3:00 PM — Intro Food Forest Stewards training** (Optional)
3:00 PM — EAST FEAST Festivities begin!
We’ll be having a POTLUCK party. Everyone is invited to bring a donation or something to share. There will be local libations and you can also BYOB. Suggested items to bring are: BBQ, watermelon, fruits / fruit salad, pastas, caseroles, salads, chips, salsas, dips. Food Forest folks are bringing the rice and beans.
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The East Feast Potluck Party is brought to you by the Festival Beach Food Forest (FBFF) & Festival Beach Community Garden (FBCG)
** More info about the Intro Food Forest Stewards training: We need volunteers to help us water the new plantings every-other-day for the next three weeks. If you’d like to help and learn the basics of site maintenance and watering at the food forest, please join us for this 30-minute crash course. For questions &/or RSVP: message us by Facebook or at email@example.com
*** If you would like to set up a table for your organization, please let us know! Msg by Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
So proud to see our garden highlighted!