Sustainability Action Agenda: Sowing the Seeds for Healthy Local Food: Community Gardens

Aug 26, 2013 - 11:19 am

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program (SUACG) was created by the Austin City Council in 2009.  SUACG was tasked with establishing community gardens and sustainable urban agriculture on City land, as well as helping to connect all of the efforts that make up the City of Austin’s local food system.  The staff at SUACG also works to build community partnerships that support the goal of increasing local food production and food security.  SUACG provides leadership, education, policy analysis, and project development support for the City’s community-based food system.

Since its inception, SUACG has established over 30 community gardens – on sites from Manchaca, to Round Rock, to Del Valle.  It’s estimated that Austin’s Community Gardens are currently producing over 100,000 pounds of fresh local, organic produce for residents every year, while diverting 1,200 tons of greenhouse gases!

Benefits of Community Gardens:
• Neighborhood safety and security
• Education
• Connecting neighbors and creating community
• Improved nutrition
• Access to healthy food for all Austinites
• Saves money on farm fresh foods
• Fun for the whole family!

An additional initiative being tracked through the Sustainability Action Agenda is a long-term collaboration between SUACG and the Watershed Protection Department.  The groups are working together to identify sites for an Urban Farm Incubator project that could be leased by farmers to develop urban farms.

Please visit the website for Sustainable Urban Agriculture for additional information, including community garden site locations, information on how to start a community garden in your neighborhood, upcoming educational classes, and other valuable gardening tips.
Find out more about the sustainability initiatives being tracked as part of the Sustainability Action Agenda and decide how you will take action to secure a bright, green future for Austin.

 

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