The North Austin Community Garden. Our Story.

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The North Austin Community Garden. Our Story.

In 2012, the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program commissioned local artists Lucy Begg and Robert Gay of Thoughtbarn to design and implement a community garden at the new North Austin Community Recreation Center. During the course of the project, the artists have work extensively with the local community, through workshops and public events, to develop the design of the garden. They also established the Garden Leadership Group, now led by community volunteers, to develop a governing structure and bylaws, including membership rules and fees. The garden is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. The goals of this public art project were created in partnership with the YMCA of Austin, the City of Austin Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program and the Sustainable Food Center. They include: Integrating the perspective of an artist in the design and cultivation of a community garden. Creating a gathering space maintained and enjoyed by diverse neighbors, which engenders stewardship and a shared sense of pride in community. Producing a functioning and sustainable garden that yields fresh produce for the community. Opening the artistic process to the community through workshops and public events. Reflecting on the concept of health for “mind, spirit, and body” through innovative expressions of visual art in a garden setting.

The North Austin Community Garden Registration is currently open and is welcoming new gardeners to our community regardless of gardening experience. For more information please contact Emmanuel Gomez at emmanuel.gomez@austinymca.org
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