Workday Saturday, Dec 15

This Saturday we will be working at the garden from 9 am probably until 1 pm or so. If you want to come and help out or just stop by and say hello, we will be happy to see you.
We plan on installing the welded wire fencing and staple it to the posts we had previously installed. We will be also painting and installing the wooden 2×4 top and bottom rails or (horizontal members, if you prefer).
Based on available hands, we can start on some other projects as well.

Garden Work Days

We had a very long work-day last Saturday, Dec 1 from 9 am till about 5:30 pm but this was the first, and probably last, one this long. We put in all the 30 fence posts (dug 2 foot holes and cemented them in). That was our goal for today and was the single biggest effort we have on the construction schedule.
People came from a couple of hours up to almost the entire time and either help was very useful.

Weather permitting, we’ll be out there for the next several Saturdays to complete the jobs, probably starting at 10 am and lasting till about 3 pm. Again though, there is no reason for volunteers to be there the entire time.  Email lamplightgarden@gmail.com to confirm work days/hours.

In terms of work to be done next: stain the posts, attached welded wire fencing between the posts, apply horizontal lumber members between the posts, spread the soil and compost that has been delivered, fix up the shed flooring and paint it (we got the shed for free), construct a compost area made out of pallets (one can find them for free on Craigslist), install a big 12′ foot front metal gate, install a small 5′ back gate, and then probably a few other things we have not detailed out.

Garden Construction Day!

This coming Saturday, December 1, we are having an all-day garden construction event at the Lamplight Community Garden site starting at 9 am. (Alderbrook Pocket Park, 12444 Lamplight Village Ave.)
We plan on setting posts for the fence, spreading topsoil/compost for the in-ground beds and repairing/painting the shed.
If you would like to participate, you can RSVP here or just show up any time during the day. There is no need to volunteer for many hours, an hour or two at any time will be very helpful. The jobs will range from drilling post holes, leveling, setting and cementing posts to painting the posts, spreading and raking soil/compost, sanding and painting the shed and more.
All participants will be required to sign a release waiver (SFC and APF requirement) before starting the work activities.
We do have one special need, which is to haul a fair amount of lumber and other materials from Home Depot and so if someone has a trailer that we could use, let us know.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

PARD permit for our Community Garden

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Community Garden Program approves our community garden permit with approval from PARD Planning, PARD Maintenance, and PARD Forestry.

The PARD permit approval is arguably single the biggest step since it is the both the landowner and City’s approval and parameters/guidelines to move forward.

Sustainable Food Center (SFC) agrees to fiscal sponsorship

The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) agreed to be our fiscal sponsor under these Sponsored Community Garden Responsibilities

  •  Elect and maintain a garden leader or leadership team who will manage the garden
     Designate a garden liaison who will be responsible for all communication with SFC
     Draft garden guidelines within the requirements of the landowner and maintain compliance at all times
     Collect plot rental or membership fees for SFC sufficient enough to cover all utility costs
     Generate revenue for garden operations
     Take responsibility for gardener recruitment and participation
     Employ water conservation strategies at the garden
     Post protocol in the case of a water leak (including location of water cut-off valve and contact information for a garden leader and SFC staff)
     Make ongoing efforts to ensure that the garden is welcoming and inclusive to a diverse population.