Event: April Workday/Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Sweep – Saturday, April 11 9am-11am

23 Mar

Hi Festival Beach Gardeners and Volunteers-

Join Festival Beach Community Garden, Keep Austin Beautiful and fellow Austinites for Clean Sweep – Austin’s annual city-wide service day on Saturday April 11th where over 4,000 volunteers join together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference. After the network of cleanups volunteers are invited to a FREE volunteer party featuring live music, free lunch, door prizes, and fun environmental kids’ activities.  Cleanup: 9AM-11AM. Volunteer Party: 11:00AM-1:30PM.  Register at http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/CleanSweep and sign up for the Festival Beach Community Garden Clean up and Restoration volunteer opportunity.

Thanks and happy gardening!

Katie Falgoust Volunteer and Workday Coordinator

It’s My Park Day March 7, 2015 – Great Success!

23 Mar

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Beware of the Harlequin Bug!

6 Mar


Above is a  harlequin bug. Although very cute to the eye :) , they are in the garden now. They can quickly destroy brassica family plants including collards, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.  Dusting of diatomaceous earth (DE) or neem oil spray is effective. Keep plots clean and be vigil!

For more information: https://organicgardeningnewsandinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/organic-control-of-harlequin-bugs/

In the Community: SFC’s Spread the Harvest – Giveaway Day Tuesday March 24, 2015

6 Mar

Hi gardeners!

I’d like to encourage you to sign up for SFC’s free resource program, Spread the Harvest, if you haven’t already. Spread the Harvest provides free seeds year-round (available at our office for pick-up), and 2 resource giveaway days per year with plants and compost. Any individual, school, or community gardener may apply to enroll in the program. We do ask that you fill out a quarterly survey by email or phone to stay in the program.

The next resource giveaway day is Tuesday, March 24, with 2 sessions at 1:30-4pm, and 4:30-7pm at New Day Baha’i Community Garden (2215 E.M. Franklin). You must already be enrolled in the program to pick up resources. The deadline to enroll before the giveaway is MARCH 15.

 I have attached small & large group garden applications (schools = large group) which you can fill out and email to Katie Pace at Katie@sustainablefoodcenter.org / 512.220.1083 who oversees Spread the Harvest and will process your application and answer any questions. If you are already enrolled, you should have received an email from Katie about the resource giveaway day. Please email her directly if you didn’t.

We hope to see you at the resource giveaway day Tuesday, March 24. Happy rainy spring gardening!



P.S. If you have further questions, please email me directly at bianca@sustainablefoodcenter.org instead of replying to the listserv. =)

Event: Spring Plant Sale at FBCG Saturday, March 14, 2015

6 Mar

On March 14 we’ll be holding our spring plant sale, featuring lots of beautiful herbs and vegetables grown at YardFarm here in Austin.

This is an opportunity to get the best varieties for this area right in the garden. Invite your friends and neighbors!

This plant sale is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit Festival Beach Community Garden.

Veggie Starts:

  • Lettuces:
  • Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
  • Jericho Romaine Lettuce
  • Red Sails Lettuce
  • Red Romaine Lettuce
  • Buttercrunch Lettuce
  • Sea of Red Lettuce
  • Greens:
  • Bloomsdale Spinach
  • Samish Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Roquette Arugula
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Collards
  • Brassicas:
  • Red Express Cabbage
  • Copenhagen Cabbage
  • Snowball Cauliflower
  • De Cicco Broccoli
  • Romanesco Broccoli
  • Calabrese Broccoli
  • Gypsy Broccoli
  • Waltham Broccoli
  • Cherry Tomatoes:
  • Chadwick Cherry Tomato
  • Principe Borghese Cherry Tomato
  • Sungold Cherry Tomato
  • Supersweet 100 Cherry Tomato
  • Tomatoes:
  • Black Krim Tomato
  • Celebrity Tomato
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • New Girl Tomato
  • Red Oxheart Tomato
  • Roma Tomato
  • Rutgers Tomato
  • San Marzano Tomato
  • Peppers:
  • California Wonder Bell Pepper
  • King Arthur Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Banana Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • TAM Jalapeño Pepper
  • Hot Rod Serrano Pepper

Herbs and Perennials

  • Chamomile
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop (currently out)
  • Lemonbalm
  • Marjoram
  • Nettles
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pyrethrum
  • Poppy
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Events (3): Spring 2015 in the Festival Beach Garden

2 Mar

Hi Festival Beach Gardeners and Volunteers-

We have three events in the next six weeks and we’d love for you to come out to the garden and participate in as many of them as you can.

  • Saturday March 7th – It’s My Park Day, 9 am to Noon:  Invite friends, family, and neighbors to join us at this annual event sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation.  We’ll focus on mulching our trees and improving our wildlife habitat.  Sign up at www.austinparks.org, navigate to the It’s My Park Day registration page, and choose Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach Garden. This event is always a lot of fun and it’s a great way to celebrate our public parks in Austin.  By signing up, you’ll get a t-shirt and other goodies (while supplies last).
  • Saturday March 14th – Monthly Workday, 9 am to Noon:  Join us at our regularly scheduled monthly workday to help maintain and improve our communal areas.
  • Saturday April 11th – Clean Sweep and Monthly Workday, 9 am to Noon: We’ll be part of Keep Austin Beautiful’s citywide cleanup day and we’re one of 130+ sites where community members can volunteer their time.  Online registration opens on March 6th and signing up will give you access to festivities following the event; there will be a volunteer party and environmental fair at Fiesta Gardens and perks include free lunch, t-shirt, music, door prizes, and more.

Thanks and happy gardening!

Katie Falgoust Volunteer and Workday Coordinator

Event: Sign Up for My Park Day – March 7, 2015

18 Feb

It’s My Park Day and it’s happenin’ at Edward Rendon Sr Park at Festival Beach Garden!


It’s My Park Day is happening at Festival Beach Community Garden on March 7!   This annual event, sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, celebrates Austin’s parks with 100’s of volunteers doing park improvement projects throughout the city.  Our garden is eligible to participate because we are located on city park land.

Please join us on that day by signing up now to volunteer.  You need to sign up on the Austin Parks Foundation website at www.austinparks.orgClick on “Signature Events” and select “It’s My Park Day.”  You’ll see where to register.  They are signing up our garden members as well as volunteers from the community so they can get your tee shirt size and count you in on other surprises.


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