Harambee Community Garden can provide lessons about how it was able to last this long – 12 years – and where it’s headed from here. The garden in the 500 block of North Waller Avenue is surrounded by two churches, a fire station, a senior home, Austin Town Hall, the library and Frederick Douglass Academy High School.
Seven years ago, the space across the street from Patricia and Robert Hart’s house in the 600 block of North Latrobe Avenue was a literal dump. Now, with help from the group Human Scale, they’ve turned it into an accessible community garden. Next year, they will turn half the pergola into a greenhouse, and the other half into a workshop where events and classes about gardening and healthy eating can be hosted.
Meet at 9 a.m. July 11 at Adams on any of these six corners: Austin, Mason, Mayfield, Menard, Waller and Parkside. Rose bushes and annuals will be planted, and PPE supplies, light snacks and drinks will be available. Bring your garden tools, neighbors and friends!
The Austin Garden Collective will be hosting community volunteer days at various gardens throughout Austin this summer. There will be some changes – like social distancing and mask wearing – due to the coronavirus.
Stop by most Saturdays this summer at gardens to pitch in. The next events will be held June 8 at the Veterans Peace Garden, 5413 W. Madison St., and PCC Austin Farm, 330 N. Lotus Ave. Refreshments will be served.
Young people participating in Mercy Housing’s after-school and summer programs broke ground last weekend on a new garden that will provide fruits and vegetables to Kitchfix, a Chicago meal-delivery service that specializes in local and organic foods.