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!

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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.

Event: University of Texas Largest Day of Service – “The Project” – Saturday, February 28, 2015

18 Feb

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Festival Beach Community Garden is participating in UT Austin’s largest day of service – The Project –  on Saturday February 28th.  Thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni come out each year to connect with the community and we’ll be one of the sites where they volunteer.  We need YOUR help to help welcome them into the garden and coordinate their activities.

We’ll need as many gardeners as possible to help out so we can effectively manage the volunteers.  Please email me if you’ll be able to commit to a shift (the two shifts are 8-12 and 12-4) and please include if you’d like to coordinate a specific task/ area.  Tasks include setting up the sign in area and project areas, greeting volunteers, and coordinating the various tasks in areas throughout the garden (orchard, swale, accessibility bed, pathways, compost, shed, habitat, communal garden, berries and grapevine, perennials).

Please let me or Julio know if you have any questions/ need more information.

Thanks,

Katie, Workday Coordinator,  katie.falgoust@gmail.com

Press from a Sister Garden: Finding Local Certified Organic Plants for the Spring Planting – March 7, 2015

10 Feb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

30,000 Hard to find Certified Organic Tomato and Wicked Hot/Sweet Bell Pepper Plants, Herbs go on sale March 7, 2015.

Austin, Texas-Austin’s most loved, locally raised heirloom veggies and herbs make their big debut 9 A.M. at Sunshine Community Gardens (SCG) 4814 Sunshine Dr, Austin, Tx 78756 March 7, 2015. The sale is the largest Certified Organic Non-Profit Plant event in Texas. Over 150 Tomato varieties, 72 Wicked Hot and Sweet Bell Pepper varieties, 15 kinds of Eggplants, 5000 thousand herbs and other plants ready for spring planting.

The first bite of a delicious and juicy home grown organic tomato will make you beg for more. Improve your health with regular gardening exercise. Save big money by growing your own organic vegetables. A complete list of plants on sale and varieties to grow go to http://sunshinecommunitygarden.org.

For a Fun-Filled day, come early. Learn organic gardening practices. Talk with Vendors. Listen to Live Music. Walk the 180 gardens on display. Kids love to visit the Chicken Coop. Purchase Lady Bug compost too!

Event: February WorkDay Saturday, February 14, 2015 9am until Noon

9 Feb

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Please join other gardeners at the monthly workday next Saturday morning. The weather promises to be beautiful! There will be tasks for all who choose to join in. Bring food to share if you like.

The monthly workdays, always the second Saturday morning of each month,weather permitting, provide a great opportunity to complete the two hours per month of labor toward community areas that is required of plot holders while working with others in the garden.

The garden is looking beautiful and there is much to be done!

Wildlife Habitat Team will be leading.

The Glorious Winter Sunset at Festival Beach Community Garden

9 Feb

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Event: East Feast 2022 Launch Party-Saturday, January 31

19 Jan

We are ready to launch!

On August 28th, 2014, the city council unanimously approved the first phase of The Festival Beach Food Forest- WHOOT! We will start the pilot on 2/3rd of an acre but ultimately it will grow to a 2-acre fence-free edible Eden on our public park land, where all are welcome to learn about food forestry and experience the beauty of an edible oasis in the heart of Austin.  In celebration of our groundbreaking, we are hosting a KICK OFF BENEFIT PARTY, here’s the details: Festival Beach Food Forest Launch Party Where: YardFarm, 7204 Shelton Road, Austin, TX 78725 Date: January 31st, 2015  Time: 4pm-11pm  This family-friendly event offers fun for all. The Festival Beach Food Forest will also be honored with a generous financial gift from Les Dames D’Escoffier. How exciting is that?!

Pie Walk and other activities

There will be a deliciously decadent Pie Showcase including a Pie Auction and Pie Walk with featured pies from community partners. If you’d like to contribute a Pie and/or your group would like a table at the event please get in touch! Throughout the day and evening there will be community leaders speaking about the benefits of the food forest, fire spinners, a silent auction, plant-inspired activities, dancing and plenty of bonfires. Bring your s’more fixins!

Live Music line up and presentations: 

4:15  Full Moon Harvest

5:00  Honey Punch

5:45  Welcome & Food Forest Presentation

6:00  The Lost Pines

6:40  WireTree

7:15  HipHop Set – DJ MC, Super Smash Bros, DJ Pillow Helmet – 60 min

8:15  Local leader and Food Forest discussion

8:30  Los Texas Wranglers

9:15  Graham Wilkinson

10:10 Food Forest presentation

10:00 Minor Mishap Marching Band

Food and Drink 

Several local growers and farms are pulling together a feast with fresh veggies and other taco fixins’. Dessert from Little Lucy’s from 6-9pm and beverages by Meridian Hive, East Ciders, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Silent Auction 

There will also be a silent auction with donations from local businesses such as Gold’s Gym, Compost Peddlers, Coffee Sock, Growler Domestic, Austin Beer Garden Brewery and more!

Donate now by purchasing a ticket!

To buy EARLY BIRD tickets for a donation of $20 (which includes food, drink and access to the event) go to:

http://fbff.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information find FBFF online:      https://www.facebook.com/EastFeast/events/facebook.com/eastfeast

Twitter: @eastfeast2022     http://festivalbeachfoodforest.weebly.com/contact.html

See you there!

The Beauty of Water in The Festival Beach Garden-January 2015

2 Jan

Thankful for this beauty during the shortest days of the year!image image image

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