Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day

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Earth-Kind Gardening

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Travis County Master Gardeners invite you to visit the Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day for ideas, advice, and DIY workshops. Admission is free and there will be kid-friendly activities.

Join us  October 17, 2020   9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service on
1600 Smith Road, Austin, TX 78721, rain or shine.

Free and open to the public

This fun, hands-on fair teaches community members creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit to improve the family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Travis County Master Gardeners offer university-based information to fair-goers on a diverse variety of horticulture topics

DIY Activities and Demonstrations

The field day features an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities on composting, grow boxes, rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening, Texas Superstar plants and Integrated Pest Management. There are several activities for kids, including an insect identification scavenger hunt. Travis County Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions and identify plants in the garden. A limited supply of Earth-Kind plants and fall vegetable starts will be available for purchase.
Texas Superstar Plants

Be sure to meet your Travis County AgriLife Extension Agents: Daphne Richards County Extension Agent – Horticulture; Noel Troxclair County Extension Agent – Agriculture and Natural Resources; Wizzie Brown Extension Program Specialist- IPM.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600

Note about Highway 183 construction. We suggest Airport Boulevard or 7th Street as preferred routes to the AgriLife office.

 Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day

Travis County Master Gardeners getting the demonstration garden ready for the Earth-Kind Gardening Field Day

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Courts of Texas cooperating.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

Earth-Kind Gardening

Inside Austin Gardens Tour May 16, 2020

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Inside Austin Gardens Tour

The Inside Austin Gardens Tour by the Travis County Master Gardeners is set for May 16, 2020 . This year’s tour will feature six diverse and interesting gardens located in and around Austin. Two are at the homes of Master Gardeners.

This is our happy place

These gardens provide a variety of learning opportunities. You’ll find drought to deluge-tolerance, Earth-Kind® landscaping, butterfly, herb, vegetable, and succulent gardening. One of the gardens hosts honey bees, while another is home to two adorable miniature donkeys and a flock of feisty hens! The always-evolving Travis County AgriLife Earth-Kind® Demonstration Garden, a FREE stop on the tour, features plants for shade garden, an extensive variety of herbs, vegetables, a composting area, roses, and rainwater collection system.

Our “For Gardeners, By Gardeners” tour will open the imagination of visitors to what is possible using time-tested native and adapted plants, a little creativity, and a resilient love of gardening. All of the garden owners and plenty of knowledgeable volunteer Master Gardeners will be present in each garden to answer questions and offer advice on gardening in Central Texas. Join us for the 14th year of one of Austin’s most rewarding garden tours! Come again to see how we garden for ourselves and take away ideas for new projects of your own!

Tickets for the Inside Austin Gardens Tour can be purchased online or the day of the tour. Cost is $20 or $5 admission per garden.

Pearl Snap the miniature donkey ready to welcome visitors

Pearl Snap the miniature donkey ready to welcome visitors

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Lakeline Texas Farmer’s Market

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Travis County Master Gardener Plant Clinic

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Lakeline Texas Farmers Market

The Master Gardeners at the Lakeline Farmers Market Plant Clinic can answer questions on  the best plants for the Austin area, lawn care, fertilizers, pest management, composting, landscaping challenges, vegetable gardens, and native plants.

In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on hand for you to review or take with you. You’ll find the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide along with other timely Grow Green FAQ sheets. Grow Green is a joint program with the City of Austin Watershed Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. You can also pick up a copy of the Vegetable Garden Planting Guide and recommended Vegetable Varieties for Central Texas. Several more resources are available online. Please visit Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County.

What is a Plant Clinic?

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is a traveling help desk with Travis County Master Gardeners available to answer questions on various horticultural issues. You can find a Master Gardener at the Lakeline Texas Farmers market the fourth Saturday of each month. You can also catch the Master Gardeners on regular dates with the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller. Most plant clinics also offer an educational activity for children.

Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension service. In order to become a Master Gardener, each individual receives extensive horticultural training. Master Gardeners use their training and subsequent commitment for continuing education to help Austin area residents with their gardening questions.

How Can You Schedule a Plant Clinic for Your Event?

If you would like to schedule a Master Gardener Plant Clinic or have a speaker at your event, please see this help directory for more information. 

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Austin Zoo Conservation Day

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Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Zoo

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Austin Zoo Conservation Day

The Master Gardeners at the Austin Zoo Conservation Day can answer questions on beneficial insects, butterfly gardening, native plants, and just about any other gardening topic. There will also be a children’s activity.

In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on hand for you to review or take with you. You’ll find the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide along with other timely Grow Green FAQ sheets. Grow Green is a joint program with the City of Austin Watershed Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. You can also pick up a copy of the Vegetable Garden Planting Guide and recommended Vegetable Varieties for Central Texas. Several more resources are available online. Please visit Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County.

What is a Plant Clinic?

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is a traveling help desk with Travis County Master Gardeners available to answer questions on various horticultural issues. You can also catch the Master Gardeners on regular dates with the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller and Texas Farmer’s Market at Lakeline. Most plant clinics also offer an educational activity for children.

Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension service. In order to become a Master Gardener, each individual receives extensive horticultural training. Master Gardeners use their training and subsequent commitment for continuing education to help Austin area residents with their gardening questions.

How Can You Schedule a Plant Clinic for Your Event?

If you would like to schedule a Master Gardener Plant Clinic or have a speaker at your event, please see this help directory for more information. 

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Mueller Texas Farmers Market

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Travis County Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Mueller Texas Farmers Market

Master Gardener Plant Clinic at Mueller Texas Farmers Market

The Master Gardeners at the Mueller Texas Farmers Market Plant Clinic can answer questions on container gardening, vegetable gardening, landscaping small spaces, butterfly gardening, the best plants for the Austin area, fertilizers, pest management, and composting.

In addition to sharing their experience and training, several publications are on hand for you to review or take with you. You’ll find the Native and Adapted Landscape Plants Guide along with other timely Grow Green FAQ sheets. Grow Green is a joint program with the City of Austin Watershed Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. You can also pick up a copy of the Vegetable Garden Planting Guide and recommended Vegetable Varieties for Central Texas. Several more resources are available online. Please visit Our Favorite Gardening Resources for Austin and Travis County.

What is a Plant Clinic?

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is a traveling help desk with Travis County Master Gardeners available to answer questions on various horticultural issues. You can find a Master Gardener at the Mueller Texas Farmers market the third Sunday of each month. You can also catch the Master Gardeners on regular dates with the Texas Farmer’s Market at Lakeline. Most plant clinics also offer an educational activity for children.

Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension service. In order to become a Master Gardener, each individual receives extensive horticultural training. Master Gardeners use their training and subsequent commitment for continuing education to help Austin area residents with their gardening questions.

How Can You Schedule a Plant Clinic for Your Event?

If you would like to schedule a Master Gardener Plant Clinic or have a speaker at your event, please see this help directory for more information. 

****Canceled****East Austin Garden Fair

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This event has been Canceled

In light of current heightened concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and participants, the members of the Travis County Master Gardeners East Austin Garden Fair Committee and AgriLife Extension made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 East Austin Garden Fair.  

The group analyzed the scenario from all angles and the bottom line was that it is our responsibility to put health and safety first – especially when it comes to our friends and neighbors. Current plans are to resume the fair according to our normal routine, in spring 2021. Please contact us at 512-854-9600 if you have questions.

East Austin Garden Fair

Garden for Life. An East Austin Garden Fair
April 4, 2020   9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702

Rain or Shine – come enjoy this great event.

Free Admission.
Free Plants & Seeds while supplies last.
Free Garden books, magazines, and seed catalogs.
Free
Soil Screening for food gardeners  – Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag.
            Easy instructions for vegetable garden soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen

Ask the experts and get garden ideas.
Kid-friendly activities!

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Cooperative Extension Program – Prairie View A&M University, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the 14th annual East Austin Garden Fair.

Leaf Crown activity at the East Austin Garden Fair

Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit to improve the family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Travis County Master Gardeners are there to offer university-based information to fair-goers on a variety of horticulture topics, along with community partner organizations providing information on closely-related services, programs and projects.
Friendly chicken at the East Austin Garden Fair

The fair also features an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including composting, grow boxes, and raised-bed gardening, plus information about irrigation methods, rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening, fruit trees, lawn care, and Texas Superstar plants. Booths on backyard chickens, rabbits, and bee houses are a big hit with all ages and there will be plenty of activities for kids. Bring a garden tool and we’ll teach you how to sharpen it. Please click here for a full list of activities.

Long-standing community partners include Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, and the city of Austin Resource Recovery, Urban Forestry, Water, and Watershed Protection departments.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600

Download our flyer in English and Español

Click Here for our favorite gardening resources for Austin and Travis County.

Free Seeds and Vegetable Plants at East Austin Garden Fair

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend the fair and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Courts of Texas cooperating.

****CANCELED****Travis County Master Gardener Information Session 3

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

In light of current heightened concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution we at AgriLife Extension made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled information sessions for March 17, March 25, and March 27.

If you are not already on the notification email list, you may add your name here.

We are hoping to reschedule once we no longer need to be concerned for health and safety. At this point, we are unsure of how we will adjust. We will update this event calendar and email a notice as soon as we have new information. As a government agency, we are making adjustments rapidly as the situation evolves. Please contact us at 512-854-9600 if you have questions and we will respond as we are able.

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Travis County Master Gardener information session 3Travis County Master Gardener Training Now Open

Do you want to become a Travis County Master Gardener?  If so, it is time to attend the master gardener information session 3 to see if this program is for you.

The Travis County Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, assisting in Extension’s mission to disseminate research-based horticultural and environmental knowledge among the citizens of Central Texas. Spaces in the program are limited and are filled based on applications and personal interviews.

Applications Available at Information Session

In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our three information sessions.  Please arrive early to secure a seat (no RSVP required).

Master Gardener Information Session 3, is Friday, March 27, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX  78721. There are two more available times if this doesn’t fit your schedule:

  • MG Information Session 1, Tuesday March 17, 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
  • MG Information Session 2, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 pm to 7:00 PM

You will not be able to apply for the 2020 program unless you attend one of the three sessions offered. You are welcome to try again when the 2021 information sessions are available.

The information session covers the details of the program and answers any questions that you may have.  You will receive a program application at your information session.  Applications are not available elsewhere.

Find out more about the information sessions here.

 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

****CANCELED****Travis County Master Gardener Information Session 2

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

In light of current heightened concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution we at AgriLife Extension made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled information sessions for March 17, March 25, and March 27.

If you are not already on the notification email list, you may add your name here.

We are hoping to reschedule once we no longer need to be concerned for health and safety. At this point, we are unsure of how we will adjust. We will update this event calendar and email a notice as soon as we have new information. As a government agency, we are making adjustments rapidly as the situation evolves. Please contact us at 512-854-9600 if you have questions and we will respond as we are able.

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Travis County Master Gardener information session 2Travis County Master Gardener Training Now Open

Do you want to become a Travis County Master Gardener?  If so, it is time to attend the master gardener information session 2 to see if this program is for you.

The Travis County Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, assisting in Extension’s mission to disseminate research-based horticultural and environmental knowledge among the citizens of Central Texas. Spaces in the program are limited and are filled based on applications and personal interviews.

Applications Available at Information Session 2

In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our three information sessions.  Please arrive early to secure a seat (no RSVP required).

Master Gardener Information Session 2, is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX  78721. There are two more available times if this doesn’t fit your schedule:

  • MG Information Session 1, is Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
  • MG Information Session 3, Friday March 27, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

You will not be able to apply for the 2020 program unless you attend one of the three sessions offered. You are welcome to try again when the 2021 information sessions are available.

The information session covers the details of the program and answers any questions that you may have.  You will receive a program application at your information session.  Applications are not available elsewhere.

Find out more about the information sessions here.

 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

****CANCELED*****TASTE 360° Farm-To-Table Conference Day 2

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Farm-To-Table THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

In light of heightened concern and caution to protect guests from COVID-19, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has decided to CANCEL the TASTE 360 Conference that was scheduled to be held at the Texas A&M University Campus and TAMU Gardens on March 20-21, 2020.

Grow Food, Be an Entrepreneur; Learn How it’s Done

Learn how to grow nutritious food in your backyard and turn it into a farm-to-table business! Come to the Taste 360 conference March 20-21, 2020 for dinner and workshops. Texas A&M AgriLife researchers, extension agents and program specialists will share their knowledge about various areas of horticulture research, great resources available to the public, and opportunities to grow. Taste 360 is being planned and organized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulture team, and will be hosted at The Gardens at Texas A&M University.

Experience and learn more about:

  • Wine and Appetizer Pairings
  • A Farm-to-Table Dinner & Stories of How They Started Their Business
  • Texas A&M Coffee Research
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Patio Citrus
  • Growing Herbs
  • Growing Flowers to Sell
  • Practical tips for Growing Vegetables
  • Native Bees of Texas
  • How to Begin Selling at Farmer’s Markets
  • Gardening Apps, Websites & Technology
  • Producing Olives & Olive Oil in Texas
  • Trees for Shade and Produce
  • Landscape Design
  • Wine-Making
  • Better Whiskey and Hops
  • Soil Nutrients
  • Tours of The Gardens at Texas A&M University
  • and much, much, more …

Register now. Cost is $210 for both days, or Saturday only $135.

***CANCELED***TASTE 360° Farm-To-Table Conference

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Farm-To-Table   THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

In light of heightened concern and caution to protect guests from COVID-19, Texas A&M Extension has decided to CANCEL the TASTE 360 Conference that was scheduled to be held at the Texas A&M University Campus and TAMU Gardens on March 20-21, 2020.

Grow Food, Be an Entrepreneur; Learn How it’s Done

Learn how to grow nutritious food in your backyard and turn it into a farm-to-table business! Come to the Taste 360 conference March 20-21, 2020 for dinner and workshops. Texas A&M AgriLife researchers, extension agents and program specialists will share their knowledge about various areas of horticulture research, great resources available to the public, and opportunities to grow. Taste 360 is being planned and organized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulture team, and will be hosted at The Gardens at Texas A&M University.

Experience and learn more about:

  • Wine and Appetizer Pairings
  • A Farm-to-Table Dinner & Stories of How They Started Their Business
  • Texas A&M Coffee Research
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Patio Citrus
  • Growing Herbs
  • Growing Flowers to Sell
  • Practical tips for Growing Vegetables
  • Native Bees of Texas
  • How to Begin Selling at Farmer’s Markets
  • Gardening Apps, Websites & Technology
  • Producing Olives & Olive Oil in Texas
  • Trees for Shade and Produce
  • Landscape Design
  • Wine-Making
  • Better Whiskey and Hops
  • Soil Nutrients
  • Tours of The Gardens at Texas A&M University
  • and much, much, more …

Register now. Cost is $210 for both days, or Friday only $100/Saturday only $135.