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Free Soil Screening for food gardeners – Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the 10th annual East Austin Garden Fair.
Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to improve the family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Travis County Master Gardeners offer University-based information to fairgoers on a diverse variety of horticulture topics, while Community Partner Organizations provide information on closely-related services, programs and projects.
The fair features an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including building a rain barrel, raised bed or compost bin, and information about waterwise irrigation methods and gardening in containers and straw bales. Learn how to care for house plants as well as your garden tools! Booths on backyard chickens and beekeeping are a big hit with all ages and there will be plenty of activities for kids.
New this year – free soil screening for food gardeners (for metals, pH and nutrients) offered through Austin Resource Recovery. Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag.
Easy instructions for soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen
FREE vegetable, herb and ornamental plants (while supplies last) are offered to participants to encourage continued interest in horticulture and healthful eating.
Long-standing community partners and new participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Austin Public Library, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin-Urban Forestry, Brite Ideas – Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Austin Herb Society, 4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps, Travis County 4-H, Travis Co Master Wellness Volunteers and Travis County Cooperative Extension Program-Prairie View A&M University.
For more information, please call 512-854-9600.
Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Court of Texas cooperating. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.