September is a busy time for our Grow Local program! In a month filled with programming, one of the highlights was our fall Spread the Harvest Resource Giveaway Day.
Spread the Harvest is a project of our Grow Local program that helps qualifying Central Texas residents, community gardens, and school gardens grow and share healthy food by providing them with free gardening resources. As part of Spread the Harvest, we hosted our Fall Resource Giveaway Day on Thursday, September 28th.
This season, we were able to provide resources to 137 small group gardens (consisting of individuals and families), 21 large group/community gardens (including gardens at shelters and donation gardens at congregations, for example), and 68 school gardens in the Central Texas area. Thanks to many volunteers and SFC staff members, we distributed well over 3,000 beautiful transplants grown by Gabriel Valley Farms, hundreds of seed packets (hand-packed by wonderful SFC volunteers), 6 gallons of fish emulsion concentrate and 100 cubic yards of local and organic compost from our friends at Organics by Gosh!
We were lucky enough to have Travis County Master Gardeners Association providing plant clinics on site, and our very own Food Access staff came out to educate participants about additional resources we provide as participants navigated between the transplants and compost piles.
We were also very excited to have had Arabic, Nepali and Burmese language interpreters present at the event this season. We were able to communicate with participants in 5 different languages, including Spanish and English. Thank you to the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and the stellar interpreters who helped us make this one of the best Resource Giveaways to date!
We witnessed whole families working together to shovel compost into buckets, bins and the back of pickup trucks, teachers picking up seeds for their schools, and members of congregations from different places of worship selecting transplants for their gardens. A big thank you to Baha’i Faith Austin for once again generously providing the venue and to New Day Community Garden for some fall garden inspiration. Check out our image gallery below for pictures from this exciting day!
If you are new to gardening, new to gardening in Central Texas, need a little refresher, or want to meet people who share an interest in gardening, we invite you to take a class with SFC. We still have spots available in our final two Introduction to Food Gardening 3-part series of the season, and fall is the best time to garden in Central Texas!
To register for a class, please our Classes web page.