Support Gardens

How you can provide support

E. Sprouts 2011.09.03 Groundbreaking (11)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.

For inquiries contact Angela Hartsell, Community Gardens Program Manager
or Michelle Gorham, Assistant Program Manager

Donate

GSA’s work is made possible through generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Please make a gift today, and help us continue to help make our city more sustainable, equitable, and resilient.

You can make annual, quarterly, or monthly contributions to any of our non-profit programs. You can even designate your donation specifically to one program or project..

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Sponsor a tree $150, planter box $200, set of tools $350, bench $700, an educational event $1,380, or a whole garden $12,000 and have your name prominently posted.

Volunteer

BeaconHill_D3T9720Sign up. Express your interest, skills, and availability.

    1. Do more. Volunteers do more than pull weeds; we have a long list of ways for you to help out at a community garden.
    2. Check out our current list of opportunities.
    3. 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.
    4. Contribute Time or Talents
      • Mentor Orientation – please contact Michelle if you’re interested
      • Volunteer Training – Volunteers are always welcome. Contact Tia to learn more, or check out our volunteer page and start getting your hands dirty.
      • Speaker’s Bureau – get trained up for GSA and be our voice to the community.

Contribute Time or Talents

  • Mentor Orientation – please contact Michelle if you’re interested
  • Volunteer Training – Volunteers are always welcome. Contact Tia to learn more, or check out our volunteer page and start getting your hands dirty.
  • Speaker’s Bureau – get trained up for GSA and be our voice to the community.

Pro Bono 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.

  1. Landscape architects, put your style into a community garden by designing one.
  2. Architects, build a presence in the community by designing a pergola, storage facility, harvest station, or water-catchment structure for a community garden.
  3. Construction companies, do in a few hours what could take weeks for volunteer gardeners to do with hand-tools and labor.
  4. Graphic artists, hang your placard in a community green space by making garden signage.
  5. Chefs, demonstrate your skill for turning fresh, local produce into delightful snacks and entrees.

New and Used Materials

2011.08.13 Soil & Bed Preparation (51)Green Spaces accepts in-kind donations of new and gently used materials and tools for use in the community gardens. If you’re moving, downsizing, or just cleaning out the shed, consider passing your resources along to community gardeners.

Consumables

The following items tend to get used quickly and need to be replenished every season. These items also tend to be the hardest items to procure via retail donations.

  • 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)

 

Non-Consumables

Every new gardening project needs a basic set of tools on hand for gardeners to establish, cultivate, and maintain their green spaces. GSA seeks donors who will provide a basic set of tools, valued at approximately $500, to each new project that we vet and fund. The toolkit includes:

  • 1 wheelbarrow (6 cu. ft. with steel handles and flat-free tire)
  • 4 digging shovels (continuous steel handle is preferred)
  • 4 spading forks (4-tine for digging)
  • 2 bow rakes
  • 2 steel leaf rakes
  • 5 planting trowels (not plastic handles)
  • 5 hand cultivators (not plastic handles)
  • 2 hand pruners (bypass not anvil types)

Use your Buying Power

  1. Time Dollar 3Buy 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.
  2. 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 over 1500 socially-responsible stores helping to make donations happen. The iGive button makes it easy for you to contribute every time you buy online. You can also engage your iGive account at Amazon by following this link.
  3. Make your purchases through Amazon Smiles. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. When you set up your account just choose Green Spaces Alliance as your charity.

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