Festival Beach Community Garden Named “Garden of the Month” 2014

FBCG is profiled as the “Garden of the Month” in the February 2014 issue of Habitat Herald, Cultural Places, Natural Spaces published by the Austin Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens and Wildlife Department. Meredith Gray, the Coordinator says “Your garden is famous. Congratulations and please share with all your gardeners.”

Article in Wildlife Austin February 2014 Newsletter_Garden of the Month

The Press: Multicultural Refugee Center and FBCG Featured in Statesman Article

Multicultural refugees growing food for the soul as well as the table

By Renee Studebaker | Saturday, April 9, 2011, 09:47 AM

On a recent Saturday morning at the Festival Beach Community Garden, the first thing I notice about the small group of refugee gardeners I’ve come to meet is that they really know their way around a hoe. Especially Sylvia Niyiera, a 60-something refugee from Burundi.

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>> Read the full article at Statesman.com

The Press: Garden Featured In Statesman Article 2011

Our garden was photographed this morning for an article in the Austin American-Statesman.

Metis Policano, left, and Harriet Cassell harvest edible flowers at the Festival Beach Community Garden. (Photo credit: Alberto Martínez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

“City Council is considering new rules, outlined at Thursday’s council meeting, that would make it easier for groups of gardeners to start new community gardens and would reduce the water rates and wastewater fees that some established gardens currently pay. And to facilitate community gardens, the city is looking at hiring a conservation program coordinator, with a salary of $81,753 .

The effort is part of a wider city goal to promote access to locally sourced food.”

Read the full article on Statesman.com: City may cut water fees for community gardens

Update: City Council passed all three ordinances in support of community gardens and urban agriculture! Our garden was featured in this news story on Austin’s YNN. Watch it here: Urban gardens may get a chance to blossom