Many Hands Make Light Work- 45 Volunteers for Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep Saturday, April 11,2015

12 Apr

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April 11, 2015 Work Day a Success, Spiders and All

11 Apr

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Event: Organic Gardener’s Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30pm

10 Apr

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Austin Organic Gardeners! Since 1945, our members have shared information about successfully raising vegetables and ornamentals without using harsh fertilizers that harm the soil and toxic pesticides that disturb the ecological balance.Monthly meetingsare held the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Zilker Botanical Gardens at 6:30 P.M.

The club’s philosophy is that human and animal health depends on the health of the soil that produces their food. Healthy soil, which is rich in organic matter, abounds with organisms that convert minerals in the soil into forms plants can use. The well-nourished plants growing in these soils are better able to defend themselves against attacks from insects, diseases, and other pests.

April Meeting


Date:               Monday, April 13, 2015

Agenda:          Doors open at 6:30 for visiting and getting your gardening questions answered by our answer desk (look for the sign and the guys in big hats at the back of the room). Announcements and club business start at 7 followed by our program at 7:30

Location:        Zilker Botanical Garden Center

2220 Barton Springs Road


Topic:             Annelies Lottmann of Yard to Market Coop will present “Your garden can pay you back!” Whether you’re clearing out your beds and want an alternative to the compost pile, or are interested in learning how to turn your hobby into a thriving home business year round, this talk explores how to be a successful market gardener at any scale.

Mary K Kraemer

Event: April Workday – More Details – Saturday April 11, 2015 9-noon

10 Apr

Hi Everyone, Come on down to the April workday this Saturday (9am-12pm)!  Garden is looking great and the pollen count will be taking the morning off just for us. We’ll be a site for the Keep Austin Beautiful CleanSweep.  Please invite friends and neighbors to the workday and everyone can sign up here.  Perks of signing up and coming to the workday include a volunteer party at Fiesta Gardens following the workday, free t-shirt, music, food, and more.  Hope to see many of you there!


If you’ve got extra digging forks or other weeding tools please bring them as we anticipate being short.  Also, if you have extra seeds or plants to swap with other gardeners feel free to bring them as well…we’ll have a table set up for sharing.


A list of the work day tasks is provided below:

Accessible Beds (Section A and B) –  Weed and level granite Bulletin board – complete construction if possible; at least paint over primer Butterfly garden in B – Weed and mulch Communal Garden – Weed, mulch, plant vegetable transplants Compost – Pull weeds out of brush compost pile near fence Rain garden/Swale – Weed and mulch swale, weed bottom of rain garden, mulch perimeter of rain garden, plant a few native plants Trees – Weed out tall grass, add leaves and mulch to cover the root zone Perennial bed near A by the road – Weed (pull Johnson grass and Bermuda grass only!) Community Herb Garden – Pull weeds and mulch

Thanks, Outreach Team

Event: April Workday/Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Sweep – Saturday, April 11 9am-12noon

9 Apr

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 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

Event: Fusebox Festival April 10-12, 2015….Free Soil Testing!

9 Apr

We want to share the news about The Soil Kitchen, a 3-day opportunity for gardeners to receive free soil tests organized by the City of Austin. This will take place April 10-12 from 10am-6pm during the Fusebox Festival at 1098 Jain Lane in East Austin 

Have your soil tested on-site during the event while you enjoy the rest of the activities. Go to for more details. 

SFC is serving as a pick-up site for the required sample collection materials – scoops, jars and Ziplock bags.

·         The jars are for semi-volatile organic compounds and legacy pesticides.

·         The Ziploc bags are for metals, pH, and nutrients (if you would like to test for metals, pH, and nutrients, you’ll need to pick up 2 bags, as metals are analyzed separately from pH and nutrients).

·          You will also need to pick up a set of instructions with the required labels for the jars.

·         *Jar samples must stay refrigerated* but ziplock bags do not need to be refrigerated before you bring them to The Soil Kitchen.

All of the materials and instructions are currently in the SFC building lobby located at 2921 E. 17th St. Bldg C, Austin, TX 78702, open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Whitney by phone 512-974-6085 or who is overseeing the sampling and event.

 We hope you can participate!

 Bring successful food programs to your community!

Ellen Orabone

Grow Local Teaching Garden Coordinator 

Sustainable Food Center

2921 E. 17th Street, Building C

Austin, TX  78702

512-220-1139 (voice)

512-236-0098 (fax)




FBCG: Check Out the Butterfly Water Fountain in the Swale Area-April 2015

9 Apr



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