Inch by Inch: Putting the Garden in Kindergarten
Blackshear Bridge coordinates weekly “Enrichment Time” classes in sustainability education — gardening, health, wellness, recycling, composting, wildlife habitat and water conservation at Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in central east Austin.
Huston-Tillotson University Enrichment Time Interns
Green is the New Black (GiTNB) student club members from Huston-Tillotson University, the historically African American University across the street from Blackshear Elementary School — Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning will lead Friday Enrichment Time sustainability classes at Blackshear in 2017-2018. The GitNB Enrichment Time interns will receive a universal living wage of $15 an hour, opportunities for training, and connections to Austin employers.
Friendly R. Rice Community Farm Stand
Blackshear Bridge partners with Blackshear Elementary School and Farm Share to operate the monthly Friendly R. Rice Community Farm Stand. Parents, staff members, neighbors and other community members can purchase organic veggies and herbs as they pick up their children after school. The monthly Farm Stand provides not only easy access to healthy food but also “down time” for building community and sharing food ways under the large oaks in the school’s north east playground.
Big Fun Community Garden Work Days
Blackshear Bridge coordinates seasonable big fun, community garden work days with healthy food breakfast, snacks, seed giveaways and occasional guest presenters — either educators or entertainers for the children, parents, and neighboring community in central east Austin. We maintain our Share the Harvest resource relationship with partners the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) by reporting food raised and shared in the Friendly R. Rice Community Garden. We work with the children, their parents, school staff and community members to prep the garden beds; we pick up garden transplants, mulch, and seeds from SFC and teach the children how to plant and care for them.
Blackshear Bridge gathers community to build the diverse and sustainable Austin we all want. Question and Answer Sessions with community leaders address pivotal topics such as Affordable Housing. These dialogues contribute to the movements for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Austin for all neighbors.
Six Square Wildlife Habitat
Blackshear Bridge installed phase one of a wildlife habitat plan at the office of partner group Six Square — formerly Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District. We maintain and update Six Square’s low water use landscaping at 1152 San Bernard St. in central east Austin.