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Brownwood Area Community Garden
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About Brownwood Area Community Garden
Construction of the garden began in early 2010, funded by a one-time $47,970.00 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant, received by Central Texas Opportunities. The Garden was built on an unused sports field behind the Central Texas Opportunities offices on Dublin Street. The total garden area is 125 x 175 feet, which includes sixty-seven garden beds that measure 3' X 20'. It is surrounded by an eight-foot-tall deer fence and features a rainwater collection system, drip irrigation, shade arbor, fruit orchard, composting areas, and raised garden beds. Five of the beds were built higher off the ground, to accommodate wheelchair gardeners. Thirty-four beds are dedicated to growing produce for area food pantries, and the majority of this fresh food is delivered to the Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes free weekday lunch program. In 2015, 2,105 pounds of produce were grown in the Garden, and of that 901 pounds were donated. Thirty of the remaining beds are leased to local residents. The gardeners are expected to care for their own beds, harvest those beds for personal use, and also contribute labor for the pantry beds. Many of our gardeners have never gardened before, but want to learn to grow their own food, in order to be able to feed their families healthier and less expensively. In addition to having the venue for their first garden, they also have access to the expertise of our Garden Coordinator. The Community Garden is also a wonderful venue to help educate the public about how to furnish their own healthy, organic food inexpensively, along with other related subjects like using rainwater to irrigate their garden or landscaping, and how to use what is grown in their garden. The first Garden Leadership Training in spring of 2014 had forty-one students over the course of eleven weeks learning the fundamentals of organic gardening, including healthy soils and composting, water conservation, beneficial insects and natural pest control, community development, and more.
PO Box 1062, Brownwood, TX 76804
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