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Tree Planting and Groundbreaking Picnic

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 from 11:00am to 6:00pm


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Our license agreement with the City of Austin has been finalized and after 3 years of collaborative efforts we are finally ready to plant Festival Beach Food Forest!! We could not have made it here without your support and the support of our city, neighbors, friends and family. We have many volunteer opportunities coming up this month and we would love for ya’ll to come out and help us put this plan into action. Together we are going to grow an edible forest garden on public land that nourishes, educates and inspires. The timeline and volunteer opportunities are outlined below!!

October 31st & November 1st 2015 — Permablitz Weekend: The Austin Permaculture Guild will be leading us as we get the earth ready for a massive planting starting at 8am and ending at roughly 4:30pm. Come dig in your costume.

November 7th 2015 — Tree Planting and Groundbreaking Picnic: We will be planting a majority of the trees in the morning before our big event and celebrate one of the first food forests planted on public land! The tree planting will be facilitated by TreeFolks staff and will consist of 100 volunteers planting 100+ trees on the food forest site.

Immediately following the volunteer tree planting the Festival Beach Food Forest will host a Groundbreaking Picnic to celebrate the groundbreaking and recognize the organizations and community members that have supported the Food forest.

There will be lunch, refreshments and free chair massages for tree planting volunteers, announcements from FBFF and local supporters, acoustic bands and educational tables. Kids events, yoga and your neighbors will be there so come bring a picnic and join us!

SCHEDULE for the Tree Planting and Groundbreaking Picnic on November 7th :

11:00am – 12:00pm

  • Core team arrives
  • Set up for tree planting

12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • Tree planting facilitated by TreeFolks
    • Welcome
    • Volunteer Training
    • Tree Planting
    • Mulching

3:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Groundbreaking Picnic
    • Announcements from community members and supporting organizations
      • Festival Beach Food Forest
      • TreeFolks
      • Council member Pio Renteria
      • PARD
      • American Forests (Grantor)
      • Urban Patchwork
      • Holly neighborhood Coalition
      • Poder
      • Pedernales Neighborhood association
      • Festival Beach Community Garden
      • RBJ
      • ETLCNA
      • ECCNPT
    • Educational tables from FBFF and supporting organizations
      • Festival Beach Food Forests
      • TreeFolks
      • Urban Patchwork
      • Austin Discovery School
      • Compost Pedallers
      • Austin Permaculture Guild
    • Refreshments
      • Boxed lunches for Volunteers
      • Refreshments for volunteers
      • All other participants will be encouraged to BOYP(bring your own picnic)
    • Entertainment
      • Minor Mishap
      • Honey Punch
      • Plus a host of local musicians!

5:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Event clean up

A huge thank you to Urban Patchwork, TreeFolks and American Forests!

If planting trees in the morning, nothing is required. If coming for the picnic, please bring a picnic. Volunteers will be provided lunch.
PerksVolunteers will be provided lunch and all the water you can drink. You will also be part of a historic event.
CausesArts & Culture Community Education & Literacy Health & Medicine Hunger Justice & Legal Poverty & Basic Needs
18 Positions Filled | 10 Impacts | 60 Hours

Location: Just next to the Festival Beach Community Garden, 25.5 Waller Street, Austin, TX 78702


John Van Lowe wrote on November 10th, 2015

Thank you everyone who made it out! That was an amazing experience. It was a pleasure working with so many dedicated and passionate folks. I'm definitely looking forward to watching everything take root and thrive. It was well worth the effort. :)