Seventh-annual East Austin Garden Fair to be held April 20

AUSTIN — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners Association and City of Austin will present the seventh-annual East Austin Garden Fair from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. April 20 at Zaragoza Park, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin.

The fair’s theme this year is “Get Up, Get Green!” The event is free and open to the public.

The annual East Austin Garden Fair, which is free and open to the public,  will be held April  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

The annual East Austin Garden Fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 20 at Zaragoza Park.
(Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Fair partners include the Sustainable Food Center, Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, Home Depot, Capital Area Food Bank, Treehouse and AgriLife Extension’s Travis County Master Wellness volunteers.

“This fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow food and ornamentals, improve their family diet and ‘green up’ their homes,” said Lindsay Razzaz, AgriLife Extension horticulture program assistant for Travis County and event coordinator.

Razzaz said fair attendees can get expert advice from volunteers of Travis County Master Gardener association on all aspects of gardening and composting, as well as information on topics such as raising backyard chickens and beekeeping.

“The fair will feature an assortment of do-it-yourself and demonstration activities, including garden planning, kids’ crafts, food pickling, building a rain barrel for under $20, produce tastings and container-garden building,” she said. “There will also be SNAP registration counseling, including how to double benefits at farmers markets, along with cooking demonstrations. And free plants will be offered to participants as long as quantities last.”

Free mini-classes will be held inside the Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center throughout the day, with materials available in English and Spanish, Razzaz said.

For more information, contact Razzaz at 512- 854-9616 or go to  http://centraltexashorticulture.blogspot.com

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