About Grow Local

Food is homegrown. Backyard, school, and community gardens offer nutritious, affordable food to individuals and community members. Gardens provide opportunities for neighbors to promote food security and environmentally sound food production practices, and to work towards food sovereignty and self-sufficiency. We envision a future where more community members grow their own food, where people in all neighborhoods have access to fresh, healthy food, and where everyone has the freedom and the opportunity to work towards greater food sovereignty and self-sufficiency.

SFC's Grow Local program offers the resources and education to enable children and adults in Central Texas to grow their own food for their own health and well-being and the benefit of their families, their community, and the environment.

Want to get growing?

  • Take a gardening class with Grow Local! Learn basic gardening skills or take a class on special topics ranging from seed saving to water conservation. Also visit our Upcoming Gardening Opportunities page to see volunteer opportunities, gardening classes, and local gardening events around town
  • Become a Citizen Gardener and learn essential skills for growing food in Central Texas, including garden construction, composting, and rainwater collection. Citizen Gardeners give back to the community through volunteer service and serve as ambassadors for growing food in our community.
  • Read about Basic Organic Gardening and learn the fundamentals of starting a garden in Central Texas.
  • Join a community garden and discover how you can become part of one of these vibrant, productive communal gathering and growing spaces.
  • Start a community or school garden. Our School Garden and Community Garden Leadership Trainings enable school staff, parents, and community members to plan, start, and sustain school and community gardens.
  • Participate in SFC’s Spread the Harvest program and access free gardening resources, seeds, transplants, compost, tools and books that can help you grow more healthy food for your family and for friends, neighbors, and food pantries.
  • Volunteer with us. Attend an SFC volunteer orientation and learn about the many opportunities to work together towards a more food-secure community!
  • Stay in touch. Sign up for our Grow-Share-Prepare newsletter and get regular updates about gardening and other local food systems activities and ideas.