Inch by Inch:  Putting the Garden in Kindergarten

blackshear bridges_-7Blackshear Bridge leads weekly outdoor learning — gardening, health, wellness, and nature classes at Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in central east Austin.  In the 2014-2015 school year, Blackshear Bridge expanded the number of hours we facilitated outdoors learning by over 70%. We grew from teaching about 9-15 kids a week to teaching about 54 – or about 3,500 garden hours.  We want to sustain this valued program.  We need your help to do so.

Huston-Tillotson University Umoja Internships


College student interns from Huston-Tillotson University, the historically African American University across the street from Blackshear Elementary School — Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning will help lead at Blackshear. The Umoja (Unity) interns will have opportunities for training, civic leadership, and connections to employers, a stipend for 15 hours of work a week, a scholarship to help pay their tuition, and book vouchers.   We need your help to make this happen.

Bread & Roses School Farm Stand

2015-03-07 1st Young Farmers Market

This fall, Blackshear Bridge partners with Seton Health Plan to roll out a Community Farm Stand providing organic veggies for sale as parents pick up their children from school.  The Stand will be staffed by a Blackshear Bridge Farm Stand Coordinator, a Promotora de Salud provided by Seton Health Plan, and an Umoja Intern from Huston-Tillotson University.  Proceeds benefit programs of the Blackshear PTA Health & Wellness Committee.

Bread & Roses Community Garden at Rosewood Courts

Blackshear Bridge, the Housing Authority of City of Austin, the Green Corn Project and the Sustainable Food Center have applied for grant funding to deliver outdoor education — gardening, health & wellness, wildlife habitat, and sustainability lessons for students and their parents living at Rosewood Courts beginning in Fall of 2015.

Food Abundance Days

Blackshear Bridge coordinates big fun, community garden work days with healthy food breakfast and picnics and guest presenters — either educators or entertainers for the children, parents, and neighboring community in central east Austin.

Kealing College Prep

KevinRitchersonwGraduateandherMomBlackshear Bridge is raising funds to purchase and provide a college preparatory game for students at the Kealing Middle School Academy.

Sustainability Forums

Crop Audience 1 Property Tax & Affordable Housing Q&A Session 002Blackshear Bridge gathers community to build the diverse and sustainable Austin we all want.  Q&A Sessions on pivotal topics such as Affordable Housing with community leaders lead to policy agreements and social innovations to create a just, diverse, and equitable Austin for all neighbors.

African American Cultural Heritage District Wildlife Habitat

AACHD Planting DayBlackshear Bridge installed phase one of a wildlife habitat plan at the office of partner group Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, “The District” at 1152 San Bernard St. in central east Austin.  We maintain the garden and are planning phase two and three for along the side of the house and behind it in the garden party space!  We plan to assist the District in landscaping at historic Downs Field at 2816 E. 12th Street, 78702.

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