Spread the Harvest is a project of our Grow Local program that helps Central Texas residents, community gardens, and school gardens grow and share healthy food by providing them with free food gardening resources. As part of Spread the Harvest, Grow Local held its bi-annual Resource Giveaway Day on Wednesday, March 21st.
Resources were provided to 152 individual gardeners, 21 group or community gardens, and 68 school gardens in the Central Texas area. Thanks to our incredible staff and volunteers, we were able to distribute over 3,460 transplants grown by Gabriel Valley Farms, hundreds of seed packets hand-packed and labeled by SFC volunteers, 176 cups of fish emulsion concentrate and 100 cubic yards of rich organic compost (that’s 4,039 five-gallon buckets!) from our friends at Organics by Gosh!
Travis County Master Gardeners answered gardening questions from participants, and SFC’s Food Access team came out to inform participants about additional resources as they navigated their way from station to station. In addition, Johnson’s Backyard Garden generously donated dozens of vegetable transplants to supplement our stock.
Lastly, through collaborating with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC), SFC was fortunate enough, once again, to provide interpretation services for participants in three languages: Arabic, Burmese, and Nepali!
It was a perfect spring day that brought a diverse group of new and seasoned gardeners out to collect necessary resources for their warm season gardens. We look forward to hosting the next Resource Giveaway Day in the fall!