The Food is Free Project is growing as fast as those veggies in your front yard! Food is Free gardens are popping up in cities around the globe and we have many exciting new projects on the horizon. The first five sister branches of Food is Free are already starting in San Marcos, El Paso, Reno, Tasmania and Oahu!
We’re creating a model for how to grow food in the city with your neighbors. By sharing our success and failures, we have inspired many like-minded projects to blossom. Food is Free works to inspire and empower you to find your passion and share it with your community.
This fall Food is Free is starting a Youth Outreach Program. We will be building gardens and teaching interactive workshops in schools where the majority of the children participate in the free or reduced meals program. We strongly believe that if we share our passion for growing food and community with kids, we will change the world, together.
It is because of our supporters that we have been able to make all of this happen. We need your continued support to keep growing. That is why for the next 2 weeks the Spread the Harvest Campaign will allow you to become a monthly contributor to the Food is Free Project.
Our goal is to reach 50 monthly donors by the end of our campaign. Help us reach our goal by Growing a Garden, Creating a Food Forest, or even Planting a Seed! All monthly sponsors this week will be entered to win a garden in a place of their choosing. All sponsors at the Food Forest level will receive a Food is Free t-shirt during the campaign!
We’d also like to invite you to a benefit supporting Food is Free this Saturday(6-22) at the Zilker Clubhouse. There will be music, food, drinks, workshops and a silent auction. Kicks of at 8pm at 200 Zilker Clubhouse Rd. $25 suggested donation. Click here for more info.
Please help us continue to liberate and empower communities around the world. Thank you so much.
Onward and Upward,
John VanDeusen Edwards
Food is Free Project
Have you thought about starting a Food is Free Project on your block? For a moment, pause, and imagine what it would be like if you and your neighbors came together and started growing food together. What might that look like? What if every time you drove down your block, you passed an array of community gardens and neighbors knew each other? Look out your window and imagine a garden there.
It starts with a vision, but the action is really simple. Plant a garden in your front yard. Maybe you rent your house? So do we! Just go for it. We assure you, it’s worth it. While you’re out with your hands in the soil, conversations will follow. Neighbors will ask what your planting while passing by. That’s how it starts and we’re here to help you out.
Here in Austin, we’re working to document and share our successes and mistakes as we’ve come together to line our block in front yard community gardens. It started with 1 garden in our front yard, which has now expanded to 19/30 houses on our street hosting a Food is Free wicking bed garden. We’ve also started a community composting program to generate soil for our block, and have an outdoor kitchen and tool sharing workshop on the way. Start the conversation in your community and stay in touch if you have questions that we can walk you through.
Remember, start simple and small and the rest will happen organically. The most important part is to take the first step! Put out a call on social media for like-minded individuals in your town. Meet up over a potluck or while planting a garden together. Whatever you do, make sure to document it and share it with your friends, because the ripple keeps moving and inspiring far beyond our own horizon.
Check out this Craigslist post from Reno, NV as a great example!
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The sun is shining and the weather is feeling a little summery here in Austin TX, which means our weekly Volunteer Days are starting back up again. It’s a great way to meet new friends, learn some new skills, or work off that mandatory community service (you know who you are!).
This week we are loading up the bus and leaving the Food is Free Urban Farm , 5608 Joe Sayers, 78756, at 10:30 am. We will be arriving at the east side home of Velma Clark, an elderly gardener who is no longer mobile enough to tend conventional in ground gardens. Solution? Raised wicking beds, obviously! 2 large ones to be exact. We will also be doing some weeding and mowing for her, basically a lil backyard makeover. If you can’t make it by bus departure, email us @ email@example.com and we’ll give you the address.
(Of course, some of you gardening aficionados will argue that there are several other solutions to impaired mobility in the garden, such as raised hugelkultur, living walls, etc. but wicking beds are what we do best.)
We may be moving Volunteer Days to Sundays soon, but for now plan on arriving at 10 on Saturday, April 13, 2013 and being back to the farm by 3.
Later for now! New videos should be up in 24 hrs, yo!
5608 Joe Sayers Ave.
Austin TX 78756
Oh, and btw, you are all so AMAZING! The feedback has been absolutely astounding and we have so many folks around the country ready to get local versions of the project started. Which means we have our work cut out for us, but we never started this because we thought it would be easy! Thank you so much for giving me hope in our species!
You’re invited! Free show brought to you by foodisfreeproject.org!
The Food is Free Project teaches you how to meet your neighbors, grow food together, share the harvest and create a l
ife that excites you.
Come out to the free officially unofficial showcase March 16th at The Recharge.
We’ll have seed ball workshops, demos, and tons of games.
When: Saturday, March 16th at 5pm
307 East 2nd St, Austin, Texas 78701
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/436797236401186/
6pm – Devin James Fry of Salesman – www.facebook.com/SalesmanATX
7pm – Jack Wilson – www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Wilson/166190303412859
8pm – Phoebe Hunt – www.facebook.com/phoebehuntmusic
9pm – Borrisokane – www.facebook.com/borrisokane
10pm – Megafauna – www.facebook.com/mymegafauna
11pm – Mighty Mountain – www.facebook.com/mightymountain
12am – Papa Peachez – www.facebook.com/PapaPeachez
1am – Special Guest
Show is free and all ages.
If you’d like to volunteer at the event show up at 5pm and find the Johns, we’re looking for folks to help run the seed bomb stations, spread the word about the project and help with merch.
Thanks again and we’ll see you tomorrow!
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Austin’s favorite non-profit, The Food is Free Project is turning 1! Come celebrate the end of an amazing year and the beginning of much more.
Over 70 cities from around the world are now ready to start projects of their own, and it’s time to put our dancing shoes on, raise our glasses and raise some funds!
Silent Disco! (Bring your ID to check out a pair of wireless headphones)
DJ’s – music provided by Sole Glow CollectiveDancing
Bring your change jar. Spare change for change.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/419405261483861/
Where: 5608 Joe Sayers Ave, Austin TX 78756
When: Saturday 2/9 – 8pm
Sign up to volunteer at the party and get FiF Gear:
Austin Silent Disco
Buddha’s Brew Kombucha
Treaty Oak Distillery
Deep Eddy Vodka