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Working with Festival Beach Food Forest is always a fun experience. It was great to see so many people come together from the community who are passionate about green space and local organic produce.
I learned a few things about techniques that keep their trees healthy, and had a chance to meet a bunch of cool people from Austin and abroad.
It's encouraging to learn that communities in France are even looking at our food forest here in Austin as an inspiration for their own cities. I hope it's a trend that catches on worldwide!
I had signed up with an event at the Food Forest, but confused it with this Garden. Regardless, there was a lot of work to be done so it was time well spent! I worked with Veronica's team to break up the soil, and pull up weeds/grass along some of the pathways so new mulch could be spread. We covered a lot of ground over the 3 hours I was there!
It was interesting to learn about the impact of this garden and the neighboring Food Forest. I learned that it's a great source of organic produce to the food pantry and especially the retirement center next door. I also learned a thing or two about different types of invasive grasses, like "nut grass", and how to separate them from the rest of the weeds for proper composting.
As a volunteer opportunity, it's great to get outside, get your hands in some soil, and meet some new people you might not typically mingle with. It's also important because it shows the community that people care about these gardens, and encourages ongoing support for projects like these in areas that are seeing constant business development and construction. I hope our work can keep these sanctuaries around for years to come despite the city's rapid growth.