At Third and Monroe Streets in the heart of Austin's Bouldin Creek neighborhood lies the Bouldin Food Forest, where residents Ben and Steph have transformed their yard into an edible garden. Along with a few other plots of land that they farm, they are able to hold a Saturday morning farm stand on the corner, as well as provide produce to neighboring (and neighborhood) restaurants, such as Odd Duck and 40 North. Thrilled to have this just a few blocks from my house!
Here's some of the Saturday farm stand:
|Herbs, kale, shishito peppers|
|Corner of Third and Monroe|
|Dried herbs, marmalades and t-shirts also for sale!|
|Gorgeous kales and chard|
The garden creates no waste; all the branch and stem trimmings get recycled back into the berms or into the compost box. They also encourage an integrated pest management system to let nature take care of itself, like encouraging wasps, which eat harmful caterpillars. While these look like bird houses, they are actually homes for mason bees, a non-honey producing variety who work 30-40% harder than honey bees. By attracting the mason bees, they in turn will help pollinate. Plants such as geranium and sage are also natural pest repellers.
|Bee boxes for mason bees|
|Bees feed on borage flowers and help to pollinate|
|Strawberries... they also have blueberries|
|Two varieties of kale and candy stripe beets pass muster from my personal produce inspector.|
Bouldin Food Forest -- website and Facebook page
Third and Monroe Streets
Austin, TX 78704