In April of 2020 the FBFF received a grant to expand our current 2/3rds acre to the full 4+/- acre site by planting additional canopy and understory trees and edible landscaping. We have outlined a full year of programming, community outreach, advisory coalition building as well as educational and celebratory events that will help inform an equitable and inclusive “Urban Food Forest Planning Process” that is the final deliverable of our grant proposal.
The Rebekah Baines Johnson Senior and Disabled Center next door to the FBFF is also going through a major campus expansion and we aim to influence a healthy and equitable outcome for that rare mixed-income development; nurture our seniors and neighbors; and tell the story of the “old growth trees” of the diverse East Austin community, past and present, that give this area its rich soil and unique soul.
We will be hosting many listening sessions for the community to come engage and understand more. Here are some opportunities to participate:
Rooting & Blooming Tour with Plant Walk + Tea Tasting or Medicinal Demo
9am – 11:30am, the first-Saturday of every month
December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6
If you would like to become a Community Advisor for the expansion, please reach out to us at contact(at)festivalbeach(dot)org.
Hope to see you soon or hear from you soon as we continue Rooting and Blooming with our vibrant community!