9 Community Gardens

Growing Food & Growing Community!

Words by Ashley Bowling  Photo by Chrissy Dollar

Grab a shovel and get involved, meet your neighbors, be a part of the urban growing community. Check out the places in east Austin that are growing food and creating green spaces.

1. Windsor Park Community Garden
5801 Westminster Dr.
This garden is a very practical initiative of the local church, to meet both social and physical needs of people in the local community. It’s also a great learning environment where all can share knowledge. Plus it’s a heap of fun, doing wholesome work outside in the sun!

2. Mueller Community Garden
2708 Sorin Street
Mueller’s Community Garden is an organics-only garden, open to both Mueller residents and Mueller neighbors citywide. Members have the opportunity to pay $30 per growing season beginning in spring and fall, or a reduced rate of $50 for the entire year.

3. Alamo Community Garden
2101 Alamo Street
Originally an educational garden for youth, Alamo Community Garden now is home to both adults and children. This garden is a collectively run urban garden that exists to provide space to its members to grow organic produce and to promote community. 

4. UT Concho Community Garden
2108 Concho Street
Concho’s mission is to serve as a resource for the community by promoting the practices of community gardening, sustainable agriculture, & environmental cooperation. They seek to provide an open space for the forging of a community that grows with one another, the exploration of important environmental topics, and connecting to nature through food.

5. New Day Community Garden
2215 E M Franklin
New Day Community Garden exists to provide a neighborhood garden space for healthy food (for families, low income and youth), as well as build community, beautify the neighborhood, & promote sustainable living.

6. Homewood Heights Community Garden
2606 Sol Wilson
An urban community garden in east Austin conceptualized, organized, and sustained by neighborhood volunteers.

7. Good Soil Community Garden
1190 Chicon Street
Good Soil is a small community garden with 15 plots. Plots are free of charge, and water is provided.

8. Blackshear Neighborhood Garden
2011 E. 9th Street
The garden is divided into a section of shared neighborhood rows plus a section containing 14 plots. There’s several fruit trees, composting by East Side Compost Peddlers, a kids adventure playground, and a plaza for neighbors to gather. Monthly work parties on alternating Saturdays and Sundays are provided. Everyone’s welcome!

9. Festival Beach Community Garden
35 Waller Street
Festival Beach Community Garden is a 2-acre property, divided into affordable garden plots and community spaces. Since opening in 2010, the garden has grown to include more than 80 gardeners growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. The site provides communal tools, irrigation and a space for educational and community events. Planning committees are volunteer-driven, made up of gardeners and community members.

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