Holiday Hello from the Festival Beach Food Forest

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Happy Holiday Update

Good day Festival Beach Food Forest supporters. During this holiday season FBFF would like to send a big hug and well wishes to all of our supporters. Austin’s first public food forest on public park land would not have happened without the support from every single one of you.

news-image1Earthworks and Workday this Sunday!

We succeeded in sculpting the earth into berms and swales for water catchment and planting our first grouping of trees. This Sunday December 13th from 9am to Noon FBFF is hosting a workday at our site at 25-1/2 Waller Street. Come help us care for the baby trees and finish up the irrigation system. You can find more information about the workday and sign up as a participant on Givepulse.

 

Groundbreaking and TreeFolks Grant

Last month we mentioned we were the recipients of a very generous grant from Treefolks through American Forests. On November 7th we planted 100 fruit trees on site with

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the help of some very dedicated volunteers and supporters that showed up despite the weather.

What did we plant?…
Loquat, Dwarf Mulberry,Plum, Fig, Texas Persimmon, Pear, Pomegranate, Asian Persimmon, Peach, Blanco Crabapple, Moringa, Arizona Walnut, Escarpment Black Cherry, Paw Paw, Bay Laurel, Goldenball Lead Tree, Yaupon Holly, Cypress, Texas Sabal Mexican Palm, Arroyo Sweetwood, Redbud trees and more!

We would like to send a special thank you to everyone that participated and would like to recognize our partners for supporting FBFF:

ABGB, Agana, American Forests, Austin Permaculture Guild and Earth Repair Corps, Blackshear Bridge Elementary, East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team, Compost Pedallers, East Side Yoga, Festival Beach Community Garden, Fine Southern Gentlemen, Guayaki Yerba Mate, GeoGrowers, Hanes Geo Components, Holly Neighborhood Coalition, Huston-Tillotson University and Green is the New Black, Mr. Natural
Native Plant Research Institute, One Love Healing Center, Organization International of Human Development, PARD, Pedernales Neighborhood Association, Popmolar Creative, Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, Sustainable Food Center, Streamlyne Creative, Taco-Mex, Taniguchi Architects, Texas Medicinals, TreeFolks, Urban Patchwork, Urban Association of Texas, Vista Planning and Design, YardFarm

 

Are you one of our IndieGoGo supporters?

news-image3Thank you to all of our IndieGoGo supporters. The funds we collected were instrumental in being able to navigate the city regulations and achieving our goal of planting trees in the ground by the end of 2015.  We are finally ready to provide most of the Perks promised during the campaign.

If you donated to the FBFF Indiegogo and still need to receive a perk you will receive a separate email shortly.  If you are available this weekend for the Workday we will have a booth distributing perks.

 

Join the Core Team

As always we are looking for some dedicated volunteers to join the FBFF Core team. Now that we are “official” and have a signed parks improvement agreement there are many opportunities to support the food forest and get your hands dirty. If you are interested please contact Volunteer@festivalbeach.org or sign up to attend our next core team meeting on Givepulse.

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