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Community Garden Support & Training

SFC's Grow Local helps Central Texas residents start and sustain community gardens by providing education, consultation, and fiscal sponsorship. A community garden is a parcel of land cooperatively gardened by a group of people. These gardens offer individuals and families a place to grow their own food—especially those who don’t have space at home. Nestled into properties like parks, recreation centers, and apartment complexes, community gardens transform underutilized lots into vibrant neighborhood gathering spaces. They create opportunities for neighbors to collaborate and form lifelong friendships.

Want to join a community garden?

See the map below to find the community garden closest to you. To contact the garden, visit this Community Gardens in Austin spreadsheet. Garden leaders will be able to tell you if space is available and whether there is a fee to participate. If you don’t find a community garden near you, or if the gardens in your area are full, consider teaming up with neighbors to start your own!

Get Started!

Want to start a community garden in your neighborhood? Get started:

  • Sign up for SFC’s next Community Garden Leadership Training. This training guides new and experienced gardeners through the process of planning, funding, starting, and sustaining a community garden project (See SFC Classes page for the next training date).
  • Reach out to Sari Albornoz, Grow Local Program Director, if you would like to talk through your project or if you have questions. See contact info below.

Remember: the foundational elements of a successful community garden are a strong team and an invested community!

Want to advocate for community gardens in the Austin area?

As our city grows, strong advocates are needed to ensure we save space for community gardens. The Coalition of Austin Community Gardens was formed in 2008 to serve this role and to provide a communication and support network for community gardeners. Coalition members work to promote the stability and propagation of community gardens in Austin through advocacy and gardener education opportunities. To get involved, attend a Coalition meeting, held at SFC on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-7:30pm. You can also follow Coalition activities and announcements on Facebook and by signing up for the Coalition email groups.

Donate to a Community Garden

Click here to donate to an Austin community garden. Please note that this donation form can only be used to donate to community gardens that are fiscally sponsored by SFC.

Contact

Sari Albornoz, Grow Local Program Director