Fresh, Organic, Local Produce in the Parks
Community Gardens are a vital part of the Austin community, producing an estimated 100,000 pounds of fresh local, organic produce for Austin residents every year. Community Gardens play an important role in our community, that’s why Austin Parks Foundation was excited to work with the city in 2019 to become a fiscal sponsor for the Community Garden Program.
Just like APF has done for decades with the Adopt-a-Park Program, we help communities raise funds to improve their green spaces and now, gardens.
Interested in Starting a Community Garden in your park or neighborhood green space?
Are you looking for a way to get your neighborhood activated and involved in your park or nearby public green space? Is access to fresh, local produce limited in your community? A community garden can be a great way to bring together your neighbors and nearby greenthumbs to create beautiful, productive places for all ages.
Visit this link to get started. The Community Garden Information and Permit Application packet is intended to guide you through the process. For most gardens on city property, Austin Parks Foundation can serve as the fiscal sponsor. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your planned garden will qualify for sponsorship, or to receive a Memorandum of Understanding (i.e., letter of support and intention to sponsor) from APF.
Would you like to support a local community garden?
Find the Sponsored Fund Account for the garden here and make a donation today! Get in touch if you’d like to connect with a garden and join their team! Please note: Plot availability is limited in some gardens.
Tito's Block to Block Program and Community Garden Support
The amazing team at Tito's Handmade Vodka is committed to giving back to the local community and supporting initiatives that foster community building.
We are thrilled to share that in 2020, Tito's is generously providing APF with a $42,500 donation for community garden repairs and enhancements as well as 100 GroBoxes with seedlings from the Tito’s farm!
Their generous gift will allow community members and families to enhance their beloved community gardens. Thanks so much for your support, Tito's!
APF Resources for Current Gardeners
Neighborhood Grants are designed for small-scale, community-iniated park improvements ranging from $500 - $5,000. Learn more here.
Community Grants are designed for large-scale, community-iniated park improvements ranging from $5,000 - $50,000. Learn more here.
The Impact Grant is intended to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvement projects, as well as master plan implementations, and place-making. Learn more here.
Park Design Services
We're thrilled to offer Park Design services to Adopt-A-Park groups looking to make improvements to their parks. Learn more here.
Volunteer Work Day
We normally have volunteer opportunities in parks, trails and green spaces across Austin. Looking for opportunities during COVID-19? Learn more here.
Sponsored Fund Accounts (SFAs), allow Adopt-A-Park groups to fundraise for their park by joining into an agreement with APF. Learn more here.
It's My Park Day
It's My Park Day, our biggest city-wide volunteer event, takes place the first Saturdays in March and November. Learn more here.