Green Corn Fall Festival Promotes Growing Organic Food
published on October 14, 2011
The Green Corn Project is literally a grass roots organization aimed to teach Texans how to grow their own organic food. Focusing primarily on areas with low income residents, the non-profit organizes veteran gardeners and green volunteers to plant vegetable plots at homes, half way houses, safe shelters, and other areas of Austin that benefit community members.
This month, The Green Corn Project is hosting their annual Fall Festival at Boggy Creek Farm on October 30th. The event will last from noon to 4pm, close to downtown Austin. Tickets are available at Boggy Creek Farm, the Natural Gardener, The Great Outdoors, Monkey Nest Coffee, and Wheatsville Co-op, and will cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door, with children under 12 entering free.
Over 30 Austin restaurants will be offering up delicious, organic food made with local produce alongside live music played from the farm house’s front porch, cooking demonstrations with tastings, a silent auction, and dancing. Entertainers will include Noelle Hampton and Andre Moran, the Bee Creek Boys, The Redheads, and Sapphire Bell. Chef demonstrators will include Thai Fresh and La Condesa.
Last year’s fall festival was a resounding success and helped fund a year’s worth of garden installations. Participating restaurants provided sample plates of food to guests, including “BBQ” Beet Tartlets by Jeffrey’s, Tacos from Café Josie, Vanilla Gelato from Teo, and delicious “Southern Falafel” from Lake Austin Spa. Aubrey Gill of the Culinary Online Magazine stated, “Ultimately, the event reassures that delicious and organic local food is not just attainable in Austin, it’s prevalent.” She continues to laud the Green Corn Project, saying it “is an organization that Austinites, in particular, can be proud of. Their efforts, in addition to enriching the soil in Austin gardens, are enriching the lives of everybody involved. The seeds they’re planting are, in essence, very small ideas that will someday grow into something much larger, and we’ll all harvest it together. May it be an idea of sustainability or one of community service, what the Green Corn Project is doing is nothing short of remarkable.”
The Green Corn Project has been planting the seeds of sustainability since 1998 when this non-profit was founded to help create lifelong gardeners. The organization not only provides the supplies, seeds, and helps plant the garden, but follows up with garden recipients for two years, or four growing seasons. Organic food gardens are primarily installed for the elderly, low-income, and disabled community members as well as for elementary schools, community centers, and shelters in under-served areas of Austin. Utilizing unused land, the Green Corn Project provides recipients not only with food, but an education on how to be self-sustaining, save money, and nurture a sense of accomplishment year round.
Austin realtor Brian Talley proudly supports local organizations that improve the community of Austin and its inhabitants through their work. If you are interested in finding a home to plant your own roots, whether with a large yard and beautiful trees as in the Sendera neighborhood, or with a small container garden on a windowsill in Central Austin, the Regent Property Group can help you start your Austin home search.
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