For inquiries contact Angela Hartsell, Community Gardens Program Manager or Michelle Gorham, Assistant Program Manager
Gardens flourish through your generosity. If you don’t have the time to join a garden or volunteer, know that there are several other ways you can support our efforts. Below you will find links for donating funds, donating materials, offering a parcel of urban land, making your online purchase count, or providing a professional service.
Become a Member
As individuals, business owners, civic groups, and corporations, we invite you to participate in the network by becoming a supporting member of Green Spaces Alliance. By becoming a member, you are making a statement to your peers and our funders that you believe the work of Green Spaces is important.
Thanks to all of you who donated during our 2014 Matching Gift Campaign. Together, we were successful and our major donor, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, matched all your contributions with $50,000 on August 26, 2014.
Use your Buying Power
- Buy some seeds. When you purchase seeds through Renee’s Garden, and use the coupon code FR712B, GSA will receive a check for 25% of all orders received.
- Join iGive. When you designate Green Spaces as your cause of choice, you can shop at your regular stores and a portion of your purchase will be donated to GSA at no additional cost. There’s 1548 socially-responsible stores helping to make donations happen. The iGive button makes it easy for you to contribute every time you buy online.
Pass It On
Let us know what you can offer. You can contact your tax advisor to determine the value of your contribution.
- Doing spring cleaning? Make some room in your shed, garage, and closets then donate underused equipment to our program. We’ll be sure to find them good homes.
- Are you moving or downsizing? Consider calling Green Spaces to pick up those gardening supplies that won’t be going with you to your new home.
- Have an empty, urban parcel that you’re not developing? Offer your land. Our program requires land use agreements for a minimum of ten years for turning privately owned parcels into fruitful urban oasis. We’d be happy to play matchmaker between a landowner with an eye for green space and community improvement and a community group that wants to start a garden if your contribution meets certain site requirements. With your help, gardeners’ vision for a productive and beautifying garden can become a reality.
- Our wish list: The following items tend to get used up quickly and need to be replenished from time to time. These items also tend to be the hardest items to procure via donation.
- Organic Fertilizer (Any Medina brand product, liquid or granular and any size. Also, anything from Shades of Green.)
- Bluebonnet Seeds (It’s a legume, so they fix nitrogen in the soil and of course they are beautiful and patriotic.)
- Bagged Compost (Anything organic. The small bags are great for our senior gardens since they need to replenish their raised boxes regularly.)
- Organic Insecticides (orange oil, insecticidal soap, “Come and Get It” fire ant bait, BT for cabbage loopers)
- Sponsor a tree $150, planter box $200, set of tools $350, bench $700, an educational event $1,200, or a whole garden $12,000 and have your name prominently posted.
Provide Professional Services
Offer your service. We’ll put your name on it to show appreciation and spread the word of your good deed.
- If you have connections in the landscaping, nursery, irrigation, or construction industry, please consider donating employee time, materials, or discounts on merchandise.
- Landscape architects, put your style into a community garden by designing one.
- Architects, build a presence in the community by designing a pergola, storage facility, harvest station, or water-catchment structure for a community garden.
- Construction companies, do perfectly in a few hours what could take weeks for volunteer gardeners to do with hand-tools and unskilled labor.
- Graphic artists, hang your placard in a community green space by making garden signage.
- Chefs, demonstrate your skill for turning fresh, local produce into delightful snacks and entrees.
Sign up. Express your interest, skills, and availability.
- Do more. Volunteers do more than pull weeds; we have a long list of ways for you to help out at a community garden.
- Check out our current list of opportunities.
- Become a garden’s mentor. Many community gardeners are green-behind-the-ears when it comes to gardening in central Texas. They come with little experience and lots of desire. Learn to mentor and offer your years of experience, advice, and encouragement. We provide mentor training on a rolling basis.