CONCHO GARDEN’S MISSION:
To serve as vibrant resource for the community by promoting the practices of: community gardening, sustainable agriculture, & environmental cooperation. We seek to provide an open space for the forging of a community that grows with one another, the exploration of important environmental topics, and connecting to nature through food.
WEEKLY SUMMER 2016 VOLUNTEER DAYS
These days will be for getting your hands dirty, growing your green thumb, and co-creating beautification projects. Attend if you're interested in spending time outdoors with others, helping take care of our pants, and actively make the garden a better place.
All volunteers must register in advance on Givepulse. Each day will count as 3 hours of volunteering. Everyone must sign in at the garden in order for hours to be verified.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to bring your organization out for a volunteer day or if you have any questions.
- Concho was funded and constructed in 2011 as a Green Fee initiative ($5 from every student’s tuition each semester that is spent on sustainable/environmental projects proposed by the UT community)
- We have 40 raised bed plots (built in 2015 during the garden’s complete renovation) that are rented out to the UT community
- There are around 15 community beds with native plants and free food for the community
- We host approximately 1,000+ volunteers per year
- 3 student leaders run the garden along with a few unpaid interns
- About 80 children from the UT Child Development Center are taught by garden leadership during weekly Lil’ Gardeners sessions
- We collaborate with and support from various organizations in the UT and greater Austin community including: The Campus Environmental Center, The UT Microfarm, The Sustainable Food Center, Keep Austin Beautiful, and countless service groups
As a community garden, we support:
- Environmental education and engagement
- Preserving accessible land for food production
- Local food access, security, and nutrition
- The promotion of mental health and community
- Opportunities for the growth of sustainability leaders
- Furthering Austin’s and UT’s sustainability goals (zero waste, green space preservation, and countering climate change, along with many others!)
If you would like to rent a raised bed garden plot, fill this form out.
[4x4ft plots = $13/semester & 4x8ft = $20/semester]