It's Summer at Eco Centro!
Happy Summer everyone! We actually got a little taste of Spring but the cool weather has flown the coop and we’re officially in Summer mode now. We’ll try to keep this newsletter short, but we have so much to share with you! As usual, we have been busy and things aren’t slowing down much.
As I’m writing this, our garden is FULL of kids. We are hosting our first EcoKids Camp! Campers are gardening, preparing fresh and healthy meals, composting, monitoring local water quality and learning about the environment. We'd like to give a huge thank you to Barbara Lamar of Lamar and Associates
, Credit Human
and Wittig's Office Interiors
for funding camper scholarships. We are also grateful for Brian Gordon at Roots of Change
and Habitable Space's
Allison Ward Heinemeier (and Beatrice the Goat) for teaching us about farming, healthy soil and how amazing goats are. We learned about kitchen safety and made delicious avocado salads and home-made dressing with Destiny of It's Destiny Catering
. Friday, the fabulous Taylor Phelps from the San Antonio Botanical Garden
is going to teach us about healthy eating and then we’ll learn how to make fruit ceviche. We’re already looking forward to next summer’s camp and we’re exploring the idea of weekend and Spring Break Camps – let us know if you would be interested.
We’ve had several great events and workshops over the last couple months. If you missed Eco Fest at the Pearl, don't worry! We’ll be hosting another Eco Fest at Eco Centro on July 28th. In collaboration with the US Green Building Council
, we had breakfast (if you haven’t tried Boss Bagels
, you are missing out!) and toured the new Will Smith Zoo School
– the nation’s largest nature-based preschool. The local USGBC
has monthly luncheons and several interesting tours planned. Both are a great way to learn more about sustainability in our city.
Our Mighty Beans chocolate making and tasting workshop was a hit. We'll be hosting our very own Nathan King again in a couple weeks, so get your taste buds ready. We like to keep our programming new and exciting, but we've also been asked to repeat our Composting workshop and Intro to Food Forests workshop and potluck. We might wait until it cools off a little. We've been meditating with Gen Gordon and we are so thrilled that she'll be back every month for the rest of the year! Learn more about Gen Norden, a Buddhist nun and Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Austin
. Classes have been filling up, so mark your calendars for August 29th.
Also this summer, we will have another herbal tinctures workshop – Natural Pain Healing on July 15th and the Federation for the Blind is having a voter registration event on July 18th – we will let you know more about this amazing opportunity to help our neighbors, especially those with disABILTIES register to vote. We’ve also got rainwater harvesting courses, home efficiency seminars, a bath bomb making brunch with Organically Bath and Beauty
, a wine and garden pot painting happy hour, several terrific films and some intro to gardening courses on the docket. Who knows what else we will come up with?! If you have any ideas, let us know.
If you haven’t been by to see the changes we’re making in the garden and on campus, please come visit us (we know it’s hot!). We’re expanding the children’s garden and working on the urban farm and community garden. Big thanks to Work Out Help Out
for getting our sunflowers under control and helping in the food forest and veggie gardens. We have volunteer work days every 1st Saturday and one Wednesday a month. Please check Facebook
and our calendar
for more details.
Do you know about one of our favorite partners, Compost Queens
? They are a local business dedicated to reducing food waste in our community! We are now an official drop-off site and we are also selling their supplies and merchandise. The produce bags are great! In July, we will work with CC to install a large onsite composting area that will build healthy soil to support several community gardens and local residents. Below, we've compiled a few articles and tips that we hope will be useful to you. Also, we found this story
interesting – it's about repurposing commercial food waste and by-products. Let us know if you have any articles, tips, photos or stories you’d like to share. Finally, please remember that we are in Stage II watering restrictions. Using water wisely is paramount. If you need any help brainstorming about rainwater harvesting, water conservation, irrigation or just about anything else water related, please don't hesitate to contact us. Talk soon!