Sustainable Austin - Helping Things Grow in Your Own Back Yard

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The hunt for sustainable food continues in week III of The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg. Are you ready to start growing food in your backyard?  Learn about zero waste, compost, and community gardens.

Join Heather-Nicole Hoffman of Compost Coalition, and the librarians at Windsor Park Branch.  Learn how to turn compost into food, and make Austin's zero waste goals happen, with a little help from you and your chickens.   Reduce waste and improve your soils, your food and your home. 

Composting 101 - an introduction to composting. followed by hands-on workshops to build a compost system for you. 

Learn about City of Austin programs, rebates and ordinances promoting recycling.  

Check out the resources available at your library.  

Explore ways you can support projects in your neighborhood.

Community Gardens on Public Land 

Meredith Gray, with the Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens program, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, will also be on hand for a discussion about how to find land, how to apply for City endorsement and how to partner with a nonprofit sponsor for your community garden. 


Although the Windsor Park Branch opened on July 15, 2000, the branch itself has a history in Northeast Austin that dates back nearly four decades. Library services to the area actually began in the late 1950s with bookmobile deliveries to the Windsor Village Shopping Center on Berkman Drive. This was followed in 1963 by the opening of the Windsor Village Station in a 2,000 square- foot retail site within the Center. But as the area grew, so did the need for a permanent, more spacious building. A proposal to build one failed in the 1966 bond issue, and though funds were approved in 1982 due largely to the lobbying efforts of the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, the funds were used to build the University Hills Branch instead. Finally, in 1992, a bond issue passed, giving the go-ahead on 6 new branches and, in July of 2000, APL celebrated the grand opening of the Windsor Park Branch. 

Many thanks to DJ Harris, librarian at Windsor Park Branch, for reminding us of the spaces the public libraries offer all over Austin, during the summer and throughout the year. Chickens are an outdoor activity, but cool libraries are a great place to walk in, log on, connect and research chickens year round!  

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Posted by Permie Taelor on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:10am

Event Location

Windsor Park Library
5833 Westminster Dr.
Austin, TX 78723
United States

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