Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Urban Farm Bicycle Tour on Saturday, December 1st!!


Urban Farm Bicycle Tour  

The Bicycle Sport Shop  kicks off Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week--which celebrates local, fresh food in Central Texas December 1 through 8--with an Urban Farm Bicycle Tour on Saturday, December 1st.

The UT Concho Community Garden has been invited to be featured as one stop on the tour, so we hope that you will join us on the day of to help with our activity for guests, or perhaps join other locavores in this fun learning experience in the form of a bike ride!

This fifth-annual family friendly bicycle tour includes optional stops at a number of urban farms, and school and community gardens, with various activities to do along this way:
This is an event that will be fun for all and a way you can learn a lot about local food in Austin. You can buy the tour ticket here, if interested!
Although the official itenerary has not been announced, there will be a stop at the UT Concho Community Garden, where we will be working on filling our "Insect Hotel" while educating our guests on the importance of biodiversity in the garden.

We will need a few volunteers to help us run the event and help those who stop by create our insect hotel. Also we are in need of materials to construct this project. Anything that is waterproof and creates a crevice to attract different bugs would be awesome! Here are some ideas:
     bird houses
     much more!
You can either bring them to the garden, a general meeting, or the CEC office at SSB 1.302! For those interested in helping us coordinate the event, please email gardening@UTenvironment.org.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hey everybody!

Because it gets dark so early now, we are going to change workdays a bit--starting this week!
Our "official" facilitated workdays will now be on Sundays, from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Currently, we are focusing on constructing a greenhouse made from reclaimed plastic water bottles, in collaboration with Engineers For A Sustainable World (Speaking of which, IF YOU DRINK BOTTLED WATER, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE YOUR USED BOTTLES TO THE GARDEN FOR THIS PROJECT).

Of course, there are other ongoing tasks for volunteers to do as well, such as the sometimes dreaded (but always tranquil) weed/grass removal of the pathways, and even some last-minute planting that can be done! We hope you will join us!

If this change in our workday times does not work well for you, feel free to come by and work on your plot or the community area anytime you want, regardless. The garden gate is always open!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Andrew Hall's flowerbed was recently named Garden of the Month in Wildlife Austin's monthly newsletter! Wildlife Austin is an organization that "promotes the creation and conservation of wildlife habitats through community-wide collaboration and public education, and helps bridge existing city initiatives that encourage a well balanced and healthy urban environment for people and wildlife."

Thanks for all the hard work for those of you who came out and a big thanks to Erin who helped us design the bed