Tree Planting and Groundbreaking Picnic!

Oct 22, 2015

Event Collateral_10.26.15_PosterOur vision to create a center for connection, growth and celebration at the edge of the Holly Shores/ Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach is finally coming to fruition! (Yes, that’s how you spell fruition, with fruit in it). Fruit and nut trees will be planted in about a week and a half after the earthworks are finalized. Some of you may have noticed the orange tree protection fences and berms and swales on the site already? It’s taken three years of collaborative efforts to negotiate the start of the Phase 1 Pilot Program and it has not been an easy task as this will be one of the first food forests on Public Park Land in the country to date! To do it we have successfully united many voices that want to keep this neighborhood park tranquil, diverse, vibrant and multi-generational. Together we have created such a powerful alliance that the Parks Department has had no choice but to listen to it. This is community organizing at its healthiest! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our city staff, neighbors, friends and family.

On this historical date it would be an honor to have YOU with us as we come together to show our support of edible landscaping in a public space for all… and PLANT A TREE! To sign up to plant a tree click here for the TreeFolks volunteer Sign Up Page. It’s free, easy and there will be plenty of tools and training for you to be a successful forester.

Together with the significant support of TreeFolks, Urban Patchwork and a grant from American Forests we are going to grow an edible forest garden on public land that nourishes, educates and inspires! We also could not have managed the earthworks and event preparations without the huge contributions from YardFarm, Austin Permaculture Guild, Earth Repair Corps, Fine Southern Gentlemen and Popmolar Creative.

The schedule of the November 7th Tree Planting and Groundbreaking Picnic is as follows:

11:00am – 12:00pm

  • Core team arrives
  • Set up for tree planting

12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • Tree planting facilitated by TreeFolks
    • Welcome
    • Volunteer Training
    • Tree Planting
    • Mulching

3:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Groundbreaking Picnic
    • Announcements from community members and supporting organizations
      • Festival Beach Food Forest
      • TreeFolks
      • American Forests
      • PARD
      • Holly Neighborhood Coalition
      • PODER
      • Pedernales Neighborhood association
      • Festival Beach Community Garden
      • RBJ
      • ETLCNA
      • ECCNPT
      • Urban Patchwork
    • Educational tables, massage, yoga and kids events and a special thanks to our supporting organizations:
      • ABGB
      • Agana
      • American Forests
      • Austin Discovery School EcoWellness Program
      • Austin Permaculture Guild and Earth Repair Corps
      • Blackshear Elementary
      • East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team
      • East Town Lake Citizens Neighborhood Association
      • Compost Pedallers
      • East Side Yoga
      • Festival Beach Community Garden
      • Festival Beach Food Forest
      • 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
      • PODER
      • Pedernales Neighborhood Association
      • Popmolar Creative
      • Rebekah Baines Johnson Center
      • Sustainable Food Center
      • Streamlyne Creative
      • Taco-Mex
      • Taniguchi Architects
      • TeamATX
      • Texas Medicinals
      • TreeFolks
      • Urban Patchwork
      • Urban Association of Texas
      • Vista Planning and Design
      • YardFarm
    • Refreshments
      • Boxed lunches for Volunteers
      • Refreshments for Volunteers
      • All other participants will be encouraged to BOYP (bring your own picnic)
    • Entertainment
      • Honey Punch
      • Mindz of a Different Kind
      • Plus a handful of local musicians

5:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Breakdown, clean up and take photos!

Click here to sign up to plant a tree on the TreeFolks volunteer Sign-Up Page. We have 100 trees and need 100 of you to plant them. It’s a historic moment, it’s free, easy and there will be plenty of tools and training for you to be a successful forester. 

To find out how you can become an active part in the ecosystem click on the Volunteer Page and the Donate Page

See our huge thank you to Urban Patchwork, TreeFolks and American Forests for the grant and support that makes this all possible.

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