SFC's Grow Local program offers the resources and education to enable children and adults in Central Texas to develop skills in food production and organic gardening as well as an understanding of the importance of local food production for the health and well-being of themselves, their families and community, and the environment.
Local Garden Stores
Great Outdoors Nursery & Landscaping
2730 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Specialize in hard-to-find native plants. Lots and lots of pots for your ceramic pleasure, along with trees, shrubs, and organic products. Enjoy the waterfall as you stroll through the garden.
East Austin Succulents
801 Tillery St.
Austin, TX 78702
2320 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
8648 Old Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78735
Anything and everything you ever needed for an organic garden, flowers, xeriscape plants, vegetables, trees, herbs, organic products, tools, and books. Stroll through the demonstration vegetable garden, fruit orchard, butterfly garden, and herb area.
Shoal Creek Nursery
Austin, TX 78731
Good variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, seeds and gardening supplies. This nursery and its staff have been serving the local community since 1992.
Pots and Plants
5902 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78746
Home of the pink flamingo. Specialize in native and adapted plants, especially deer-resistant varieties. Large selection of orchids.
It’s About Thyme
11726 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748
Although herbs are their specialty with over 200 varieties, they also sale trees, xeriscape plants, antique roses, vegetables, and organic products.
Big Red Sun Landscaping & Nursery
1102 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
Specialize in environmentally conscious landscape design for residential and commercial spaces. Also a nursery and event center. Offer a large selection of native and exotic succulents, along with trees, shrubs, herbs, and indoor tropicals.
3507 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78704
Nursery and landscape design. Specialize in succulents and cacti, citrus trees, native plants, and organic products. Home of Diaz Gallery as well.
Callahan's General Store
501 Bastrop Hwy
Austin, TX 78701
Good variety of sturdy garden tools, spring & fall transplants, organic amendments. They also sell chickens, guineas, and rabbits and feed.
Buck Moore Feed & Supply
5237 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
Family business that opened up in 1972, still has the famous antique cash register that has been featured as one of KUT's sound bites. One of the only places in town to purchase organic chicken feed, they also offer spring transplants, some organic amendments and bulk seed.
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING COMPANIES
An organic landscape design, installation and maintenance company that specializes in edible and ecological gardening. We aim to create low input and high output landscapes for a more sustainable and beautiful urban environment.
BPR Agro/Mayan MicroZyme
South Austin, TX 78704
Provides effective pest control available having the least negative impact on people and the environment
Edible Yards is a full service edible landscaping company that offers design, installation and maintenance services for vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, bee hives and chickens. Edible Yards also offers workshops and mentoring services for people interested in learning how to grow organic food.
Yard Farm Austin provides Affordable Organic Garden Design, Consultation and Installation to help you grow your organic lifestyle. We’re not a typical landscaping company – we are gardeners that have a passion for vegetables, flowers, native plants and edible landscapes – but primarily we like to grow food.
I offer ecological landscape design, installation and care-taking services that let you be part of the solution. Creating infrastructure to hydrate our land, build soil, reforest, harvest healthy, local food, and heal ourselves as much as our ecology is my passion.
Recommended Gardening Books
Alexander, Rosemary. The Essential Garden Design Workbook. Portland: Timber Press, 2004.
Appelhof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage. Michigan: Flower Press, 1997.
Ashworth, Suzanne. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners. Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange, Inc., 2002.
Bartholomew, Mel. Square Foot Gardening. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1981.
Beck, Malcolm & Howard Garrett. Texas Bug Book. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999.
Bradley, Fern Marshall. Rodale's All-new Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1992.
Campbell, Stu. Let IT Rot! The Gardener’s Guide to Composting. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 1998.
Coleman, Eliot. The New Organic Grower. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 1995.
Ellis, Barbara & Fern Marshall Bradley. The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1996.
Garrett, Howard & Malcolm Beck. Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening. Texas: Gulf Publishing, 1999.
Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Co, 2000.
Hutson, Lucinda. The Herb Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Cooking and Gardening with Fresh Herbs. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing, 1992.
Jeavons, John. How to Grow More Vegetables. California: Ten Speed Press, 2002.
Jeavons, John & Carol Cox. The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. California: Ten SpeedPress, 1999.
Sperry, Neil. Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening. Texas: Taylor Publishing. Co., 1991.
Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Junior Master Gardener Health and Nutrition from the Garden. Texas: Agricultural Communications Texas A&M University: 2001.
Travis County Master Gardener Association. Garden Guide for Austin and Vicinity. http://www.tcmastergardener.org/
Coalition of Austin Community Gardens (CACG)
A coalition of gardeners striving to facilitate the expansion and revitalization of community gardens in Austin, create a communication network between community gardens in Austin, and serve as an advocacy group for community gardens and local food in Austin. This site also includes pages for individual community gardens, as well as contact info.
Provide a yearly Master Gardener training program focused on gardening in Central TX.
Austin Organic Gardeners
Information on organic gardening techniques and planting calendar for Travis County. Hold monthly meetings with guests speaking about organic gardening topics.
Get 10 hours of instruction, apprentice for 10 hours with a more seasoned gardener, and become an official Citizen Gardener.
Austin School Garden Network (ASGN)
Connecting Central Texas community resources to promote the social, nutritional, environmental, and academic benefits of school and youth gardening programs.
Find landowners of property in Travis County, plat maps and more! From the homepage, click on appraisal roll. You can search by account number, owner’s name, or property address.
American Community Gardening Association (ACGA)
An organization promoting the creation and sustainability of community gardens in the United States and Canada.
Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)
A North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. Includes access to the COMFOOD listserv.
This forum is for the discussion of all aspects of organizing and participating in community gardens.
SCHOOL GARDENING RESOURCES:
American Horticultural Society
The American Horticultural Society offers financial resources, a national list of youth gardening organizations and curriculum, and a national registry of youth gardens.
The Edible Schoolyard
The brainchild of Alice Water’s, this youth education program teaches children all about food, from field to table.
Junior Master Gardeners
An international youth gardening program of the University Cooperative Extension network, JMG provides tools to teach the world of gardening to youth in grades 3 - 5.
Kids Gardening is a resource for teachers, parents and the community with information on grants for youth gardens, curriculum, activities, and tips for parents.
School Garden Wizard
Offers resources and a step-by-step template for teachers interested in starting a school garden.
Online Gardening Information
Central Texas Horticulture
A branch of the Texas Cooperative Extension, Central Texas Horticulture provides information on gardening relevant to Central Texas. Call (512) 854-9600 to get answers to your gardening questions (staffed by Travis County Master Gardener volunteers).
City of Austin Grow Green
A water quality program of the City of Austin, Grow Green offers information on Native and Adapted plants for Central Texas. It is free and found at most nurseries and garden center.
The Dirt Doctor - Howard Garrett
Information on organic gardening in Texas, including pictures, an interactive forum, books for sale, and links to organic gardening sources near you.
Green Corn Project
The Green Corn Project educates and assists Central Texans in growing organic food gardens at homes, schools, and community centers.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
A botanical garden in Austin, TX, dedicated to native plants. It specializes in sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes.
National Gardening Association
Regional and national gardening information for home gardens, community gardens, and school gardens. Free e-newsletter, community forum and searchable database of garden information.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, ATTRA provides information and technical assistance for individuals involved in sustainable agriculture.
Published by Rodale, this monthly publication offers free gardening advice online.
Texas A&M University Plant Answers
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/index.html Plant Answers is a searchable database of information on plants, from vegetables to roses.
Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Information on organic gardening & sustainable farming in Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Information on native and naturalized plants used for landscape restoration, erosion control, and wildlife use.