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The mission of building gardens into our branches is to educate and involve the community in learning about growth in nature, and to promote healthy and active lifestyles through reconnecting individuals to the food they eat and grow.
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 City of Austin/YMCA North Austin Community Recreation Center. During the course of the project, the artists have worked 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, membership rules and fees. The garden officially opened for planting on March 29, 2014.
Check out the full story on how our garden came to be in Flow Nonfiction's short documentary, "Garden."
Link here: "Garden" by Flow Nonfiction!
If you are interested in getting a garden plot at the North Austin Community Garden, you can register in person at the COA/YMCA North Austin or on their website.
There are currently four types of plots available:
- 4 foot by 10 foot raised beds ($50 for the year)
- 4 foot by 20 foot raised beds ($90 for the year)
- 3 foot by 10 foot, ADA accessible table top bed ($37.50 for the year)
- 3 foot by 10 foot, ADA accessible super-raised beds (raised 24" off the ground) ($37.50 for the year)
Garden plots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. ADA accessible garden beds are reserved for people who need the extra accessibility.
You can also stay up to date on registration information on our North Austin Community Garden Facebook page.
Please contact Robin for more information about registration.
For more information about how to get a membership, what is expected of garden members, and how the garden is run, please see the following documents:
The Hays YMCA was given a grant in 2016 from the St. David’s Foundation Group called Health’s Angels to get our senior garden started. The foundation promotes healthy living for seniors, and gave us funds and educational classes to help us start and maintain our garden. The YMCA, Health’s Angels and in partnership with Resolutions Gardens in Austin, prepared the site this spring. We named our garden club The Y’s Ones. We had our grand opening on May 16, 2017, and planted tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers, basil, mint and many other herbs. Since then, we have been watering and harvesting some good produce, and have a Facebook page to share our recipes. As a garden club we will be attending educational, working, and informative meetings throughout the year. We also have an online calendar to facilitate watering duties. The Health’s Angels will follow us and help with planting through harvest and beyond.
If you are interested in joining the Y’s Ones garden club, please contact Gary Davis
In partnership with the City of Bastrop, the Bastrop Community Garden has beds available for adoption! The goal is to have beds adopted by organizations, civic groups, non-profits and families with the intent of using the garden as a teaching tool.
In order to adopt a bed, those interested will need to fill out an agreement. The guidelines are that those who adopt a bed are responsible for: upkeep of the bed (this includes cleaning, planting and watering) as well as cleaning out and preparing after the season for the next planting season.
The dirt and water will be provided, the rest is up to the adoptive groups/families. You can grow vegetables, flowers – go for it! There is no cost for using the bed, except for the seeds/plants of your choosing.
Tending to the bed is the group’s responsibility; there is no specific time a group is allowed to work on their bed, so work time is up to the group. Please keep in mind while planning your gardening schedule, the water is only available during Bastrop Y office hours.
The garden is being led in part by the Bastrop County Master Gardeners – they are available to guide and teach your group the ins and outs of gardening. If this is something your group would like, reach out to the Bastrop Y so we can help facilitate.
To adopt a bed, an application must be completed and signed as well as a signed rules and guidelines form.
The Bastrop Y Community Garden always needs volunteers!
In partnership with the City of Bastrop, the Bastrop Community Garden has beds available for adoption! The goal is to have beds adopted by organizations, civic groups, non-profits and families with the intent of using the garden as a teaching tool. Help is always needed.
If you and/or your group have any questions, please reach out to the Bastrop Y office during office hours at 512.321.9622.
The new East Communities YMCA Teaching Garden will have its official debut on September 28th from 4-6pm. Stop by to get a tour of the garden and learn more about our new garden programming!
While you’re getting excited for the garden debut, you can take a short virtual tour with this 360 degree view picture!