Spread the Harvest

Spread the Harvest seeks to reduce financial barriers to food gardening by providing Central Texas residents with free gardening resources, including:

  • Seeds and fertilizer - available year-round at SFC
  • Transplants and compost - available twice per year at Resource Giveaway Days
  • Access to SFC’s book lending library
  • Subscription to SFC’s weekly newsletter, which contains information on upcoming gardening events, classes, volunteer opportunities, and more

Who Qualifies?

We accept applications for Spread the Harvest from:

  • Low-income gardeners (individuals and families earning less than 275% of the Federal Poverty Level; see chart below)
  • School garden representatives
  • Community gardeners and service providers that work with and provide food to underprivileged individuals and communities

2020 Qualifying Income Thresholds

Family Size

Annual Income


$35,090 or less


$47,410 or less


$59,730 or less


$72,050 or less


$84,370 or less


$96,690 or less


$109,010 or less


$121,330 or less

Program Requirements

In exchange for receiving free resources, participants agree to track the amount of food they harvest and share.

Four times per year—in January, April, July, and October—Grow Local staff survey gardeners by email or phone to see how their garden is growing.

Participants who do not answer three consecutive surveys are removed from the program.

How to Join

To join Spread the Harvest, fill out the appropriate application linked below:

Fill out the Small Garden Group application if there are 1-9 gardeners actively participating in your garden

(for example, a home garden or a plot in a community garden)

Fill out the Large Garden Group application if there are 10 or more gardeners actively participating in your garden

(for example, school gardens or other nonprofit gardens)

Applications are also available in Spanish:

Small Garden Group – Spanish

Large Garden Group – Spanish

For questions about the program or to request an application in an alternate format, contact:

Mia Burger, Grow Local Education Coordinator