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Community Food Gardening Classes

This three-part food gardening class is offered for free to low-income and otherwise underprivileged communities. The classes cover the basics of starting and caring for a food garden, including sun and soil needs, growing seasons, planting techniques, organic pest control, and composting. The curriculum and class structure emphasize participatory, hands-on learning, and students spend half of each class outside working in and observing food gardens.

Each week, participant meets for two-three hours to learn and garden together. The series is led by trained facilitators who have been growing food in Central Texas for years. The class series is unique because it:

  • Provides compost, potting soil, pots plants and seeds to participants so that they may start their own gardens
  • Teaches participants about both in-ground and container gardening
  • Places emphasis on Central Texas’ unique climate and soils
  • Promotes organic gardening
  • Teaches participants how to start and sustain food gardens in affordable ways

Classes are offered in English or Spanish.

Facilitator Training Program

Grow Local uses trained Facilitators to deliver its gardening classes throughout the community. All Facilitators have at least five years of organic food gardening experience and a least two years of experience growing food in Central Texas. Trainees undergo 6 hours of Facilitator Training Classes, after which they are

paired with experienced Facilitators to conduct their first gardening classes as assistants. This peer model gives new trainees self-confidence and knowledge as they learn to deliver the classes from their peer mentors.

Grow Local currently has over 20 English and Spanish speaking trained Facilitators that conduct classes and workshops in the Austin area. The Program offers new trainings once a year.

Bring a Food Gardening Class to Your Community

To learn more about how to bring free food gardening class to your community, please email or call us: