Yard to Market Co-op

Yard to Market Co-op!

Hello market-goers!

Do you love homegrown, fresh veggies and herbs? Are you a fan of clean and sustainable agriculture? Do you support local producers?

If you do, then you need to hear about Yard to Market Co-op!

In 2013, a group of seven gardeners realized that if they all work together they could provide far more produce variety and volume to their community. Teamwork makes the dream work! The co-op’s mission is to increase access for gardeners in Austin. There are so many home gardeners that feel locked out of the produce market, and Yard to Market strives to give them an outlet. Whether you have a single pot of herbs or a flourishing garden of produce, this is your place. Yard to Market is open for gardeners of all experience levels, with all different kinds of crops. The leadership will make sure you know all the codes and regulations. Plus, you get to be a part of a pretty awesome group of green thumbs.

One of Yard to Market’s founding farming pioneers and the current farm stand manager is Annelies Lottmann. Annelies used to be a big shot lawyer in Manhattan, think The Good Wife but more hardcore. But the litigation just wasn’t cutting it. She constantly dreamed about escaping and becoming a farmer. Thankfully for us, she made her dream a reality! Annelies built a course on growing and selling food in central Texas, has an extensive garden of her own, and is an advocate for cleaner, healthier agricultural and eating. So yeah, she’s pretty cool.

This summer Yard to Market partnered with the HOPE Farmer’s Market and combined their food stands. Annelies is there every Sunday ready to sell your veggies and herbs for you! Since the partnership was formed, you no longer need to be a co-op member to sell your fresh goodies at HOPE. ANYONE can bring their homegrown produce to sold.

So – basically – we all get to do the fun part and then Yard to Market happily takes care of the rest!

This project is great for so many reasons: being local, growing community, educating consumers about healthy eating, providing clean produce, and breaking down barriers for gardner’s looking to enter a market are only a few! I encourage everyone to go by the stand each Sunday at the HOPE Farmers Market and show your support by picking up some homegrown goods! It’s a win-win-win-win situation, guys!

If you’d like to know more check out their Website or just come by any Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 at Plaza Saltillo!

 

Hello!

I’m Brooke, the author of the blog you’ve just read. The blog you just read is unfortunately my last with the HOPE Farmer’s Market. I’ve actually been back at school for a few weeks now and miss the market every Sunday! I feel lucky to have been able to get to know so many of you  and know that HOPE is a special place. I can’t wait to visit and I know that the market will only continue to grow!

 

 

The East Side Compost Pedallers

Saving the Planet… One Bucket at a Time!

Alright, I know I write about a lot of cool people and businesses, but so far none of them have been able to say they are saving the planet like the East Side Compost Pedallers. This organization deserves some sort of fancy earth-shaped trophy to honor their efforts! Their work stretches into nearly every environmental issue – from global warming to sustainable agriculture to landfill reduction and beyond!

Did you know that 30% of all “trash” we throw out isn’t really trash at all!

So… what is it, you ask?

It’s compostable material!

So what is compost, you ask?

Essentially, it’s decayed organic material – clean and rich in nutrients – that is used for fertilizer.

Sounds serious, right? Well, not really. Throw some food scraps, grass clippings, and a brown paper bag together… then just add water and WHAMBAM! You just successfully started your first compost pile! Of course, to get the best compost, it requires a bit more finesse, attention to detail, and dedication to keeping up with the pile. That’s where The East Side Compost Pedallers come in!

The Compost Pedallers are a bike-powered compost recycling service. They’ll collect your scraps each week and pedal them to nearby farms and gardens. All you have to do is throw your extra food into a bucket (rather than the trash) and then put your bucket outside your door once a week.

There are such huge benefits for such little effort! They are taking a problem and almost effortlessly transforming that problem into a beneficial material solution. Compost reduces costs at farms by reducing the need for extra pesticides. It keeps our food clean and free of chemical additives. And, finally, it keeps organic material out of landfills, where it would eventually be released as methane (a greenhouse gas 50x more potent than carbon dioxide!).

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Austin Compost Pedallers Director of Membership, Christina Bradt. If you’ve ever thrown anything away at our HOPE Farmer’s Market, you’ve probably met Christina! After graduating with an environmental science degree and moving to Austin, she started with the organization as an intern. She still fondly remembers her first collection in December of 2012.

Check out these stats. You can see what a difference this small company has made in less than 2 years! Today, these pedallers are composting 2 TONS every single week!

Christina admits that she has turned into somewhat of a compost nerd. She and her fellow pedaller and boyfriend Paul have been known to take plastic ware to restaurants to take their food scraps home.

So, maybe you don’t need to go that far, but if you would like to start composting (and start saving the planet!) or just want to stay up to date on local sustainability initiatives, check out The East Side Compost Pedallers’ links below. Also, give them a high five for their great work the next time you’re at the HOPE Farmers Market! They sort ALL of the discarded Market materials into bins containing either compost, recycling, or items to be sent to the landfill. They’ll also be happy to answer ANY questions you have about sorting your own trash or building your own compost pile! HOPE loves the Compost Pedallers!

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P.S The Pedallers work with corporate groups, too! Going green has never been easier. Check it out!

 

Hello!

I’m Brooke, the author of the blog you’ve just read. Working with the HOPE Farmer’s Market has been so great, but unfortunately I will have to leave HOPE to finish my last semester at Baylor University this fall. I will graduate with a major in political science and a minor in poverty studies and social justice. When I’m not blogging, my days are full of studying for the GRE and applications. I know I’m super exciting this summer, right? But every blog, I’ll let you guys know something a bit more interesting about myself and this week’s fact is:

One of my favorite books is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

 

Griffin School for HOPE FM Live!

Just as many of us think of a farmers market as just local produce, a majority of us tend to associate high school with required classes, weekly homework and maybe even a social food-chain. But not all of us follow the mold and neither does the Griffin School.

As a college preparatory high school that has a focus on creativity, they’re providing students the opportunity to get a solid education while balancing the freedom of students to direct their own curriculum based on their passions. From Film Production to Fashion Design, Metal Craft to Digital Illustration, Drama to Music Ensemble, they’re not only encouraging young students to follow their own interest, but are giving them the tools to do so.

So what does the HOPE Farmers Market have to do with the Griffin School you ask?
Well, we too believe in encouraging people to do what they love and with excitement. Whether you’re an eighty-five year-old percussionist, or a twelve year-old jewelry maker, pursuing that passion and sharing it with your community is what we believe is important. Thus! We’re happy to host two young bands this Sunday whose students attend, practice & hone in on their music skills at the Griffin School. One of these groups who are composed of a brother, a sister & a friend, go by Charlie Belle have already gotten a handful of experiences under their belts by playing at Austin City Limits Music Festival and SXSW.

Come to the Plaza Saltillo stage this Sunday to see Jenjayi, Gyasi and Zoe as they show us all what they can do!

Griffin School for HOPE FM Live

1 pm at Plaza Saltillo

Sunday, March 31