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Press: edible Austin November/December 2014

24 Nov

A heartwarming article about refugees adjusting to a new home, an unfamiliar culture and a new language…and the importance of planting seeds in the community. edibleGARDENS-Turning a New Leaf by Elizabeth Winslow

Fighting Hunger-UT’s Omega Delta Phi Volunteers in the Swale Area – November 22, 2014

24 Nov

Omega Delta Phi Volunteers combatted hunger through harvesting, washing and bagging produce from Festival Beach Community Garden. The fresh vegetables were then donated to the RBJ Center.



Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) – An Integral Part of FBCG

11 Nov

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MRC_img_2039_111114Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) is celebrating our 5th Anniversary as the only long-term support organization for refugees legally resettled to our Austin community. Each week at our North Lamar community center we facilitate a range of programs that empower refugees towards self-sufficiency by creating opportunities for educational, professional and personal growth. Find out more about all our programs at

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The MRC New Leaf Agriculture Program seeks diverse opportunities to allow former occupational farmers to get their hands back in the dirt to feed their families and make delicious traditional meals with fresh produce! Our program began in 2010 through a partnership with Festival Beach Community Garden. Most Saturdays and throughout the week you can find our Bhutanese and Burundian gardeners providing loving attention to their plots, growing some interesting vegetables. Through the years, MRC gardeners and the Festival Beach garden community have shared knowledge, resources, meals at Solstice Potlucks, hugs and smiles and worked side-by-side at monthly garden workdays. Please stop by the southeast corner of the garden to say Hello!

 Because of our success at Festival Beach, garden space is in high-demand within the refugee community. We are fortunate to have a new second garden space at Lanier High School that also provides chicken and honeybee raising. We have also partnered with Green Gate Farms through our Farm Link program to increase access to affordable produce and local growing knowledge. 11/11/14


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Event: Our Neighbors and Fellow Gardeners – MRC Fundraiser October 18, 2014

6 Oct

Garden Tour and Gallery Reception

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Exclusive tour of Festival Beach Community Garden, Private Prizer Gallery Preview.

Tickets $35, RSVP

Prizer Gallery: 2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin 78702