Coyote Creek Permablitz

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

It's getting to be that time of the year again when the permablitzes (our perennial food garden installations) begin. I'm really excited about our first blitz of the season being at Coyote Creek Farm where I have had the honor of helping to build two of the barns that house the hammer mill and pellet mil, a cow barn, and a couple of the houses used by staff.

This permablitz is also going to be our largest permablitz to date with the earthworks being done by Ken Tuck and his equipment operators Joe and Jessy. The equipment is scheduled to arrive next week at the farm.

Movie time! Food Forests 101

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What is a food forest, and what does it look like in our backyard? Our neighborhood? Our community? What role do our feathered friends play in this perennial food system?

Bring a finger food snack to share and join us for a summer food movie and discussion at the Sustainable Food Center headquarters. We'll be watching excerpts from the Establishing a Food Forest with Geoff Lawton dvd (with permission for public viewing granted from the Permaculture Research Institute and EcoFilms Australia).

Perm the park

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

A major goal for ape99 is to transform the abandoned section of city park that we're adjacent to here in east Austin.

We've had a few meetups to work on it from time to time but nothing consistent.

SO...going to try something new and in line with the permaculture directive of 'small and consistent changes"

We'll be stacking functions by hands-on exploration permaculture while creating a sustainable food forest. The best way to learn permaculture is by doing, not reading.

Discover your Own Local Austin

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Its week two of The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt for the Sustainable Egg.  Where can you find chickens and chicks, coops and feed, and garden supplies to grow food in your own backyard? What are successful zone 8 foods you can grow in the city?  Continue your hunt for the sustainable egg at one of our favorite local chicken connections, and find everything you need to grow your own local Austin. 

Sustainable Austin - Helping Things Grow in Your Own Back Yard

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 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. 

Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Native Garden

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Love watching wildlife and want to attract more to your backyard? Whether you are a novice or an experienced gardener, this three-hour wildscaping class is sure to inspire you to take your garden to the next level. Through a classroom presentation and outdoor habitat tour, Meredith O’Reilly will highlight some of the best native plants to attract birds, butterflies, and other beautiful fauna to your Central Texas garden throughout the seasons.


By Tom Harris, Ph.D.
The Hill Country Gardener

Malcolm Beck is a San Antonio organic gardening guru who is known all over the country. Over the last 50+ years he has developed six basic rules for people to follow in organic gardening.

The first rule is: always use the best adapted varieties for each environment. It makes so much sense to start with plants that have been proven to do well in our environment.

By Travis W. Gannon, Ph.D., and Fred H. Yelverton, Ph.D
Weed Science Society of America

If you're taking a chemical-free approach to home weed control, you've most likely discovered it can be a real challenge. Without herbicides in your arsenal, it can be tough to keep the invaders out of your lawn and natural areas, flower beds and vegetable gardens, walks and driveways. To succeed, you need time, persistence and a multifaceted approach. Try these nine proven techniques that can help:

City of Austin Grow Green Guide

Botanical Database

Our native landscape is the inspiration for this guide to earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens. The Grow Green plant list was created to help you select beautiful native and adapted plants which are naturally drought tolerant and resistant to pests and diseases. The less watering, fertilizing, and chemical control required in your yard, the more you contribute to the conservation and preservation of our precious water resources - our streams, lakes, and aquifers.



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