Providing Gardening Education
Through various educational activities, UGC hopes to spread knowledge about growing gardens as well as eating seasonally and supporting local agriculture.
- Beyond the Backyard – garden-related workshops offered throughout the year for all in the community interested in learning from one another through hands-on time in the garden.
- Foxfire Fridays – community skill-share gatherings to trade talents and stories related to urban homesteading beyond the garden.
- After-school Garden Clubs – partnering with the Waco Independent School District, Communities in Schools, Go Now Missions, and the World Hunger Relief Farm to work with six elementary and middle school campuses in WISD’s after school program.
Strengthening the Local Food Economy
Beyond gardening, the UGC hopes to re-invest in the local community through various projects that encourage agrarian enterprises that contribute to building a local food economy
- Waco Downtown Farmers Market - The UGC operates a co-op booth for school and community gardens to sell their produce at Market. We are there every Saturday 9am-1pm, rain or shine.
- Urban Training Farm – The UGC will work with high-school age youth to teach them about farming/gardening as well as the financial and small business management skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century workforce.
Promoting Youth Service
Lastly, the UGC hopes to provide opportunities for green-thumbs and unlikely gardeners to meet in the garden and get to know one another through garden-related service to the community.
- MLK Day of Service – held every January to prepare for the spring garden season, UGC coordinates garden clean-ups and plantings for gardens across the greater Waco community.
- Harvest Celebration - celebrating the many children across the city who contribute their sweat, blood, and tears to gardens through in-school and after-school garden clubs. The Harvest Celebration is held during Global Youth Service Day in April.
- Urban Gardening Scholarship – annual scholarship awarded to one high school senior or college student actively participating and exemplifying leadership in a community garden.