Austin is Getting a Farm School!

Written by Ellen Alger | July 17, 2014
Farmer Starter, Farmshare Austin - Photos by Scott David Gordon for Johnson’s Backyard Garden

Farm Schools are popping up all over the country and now Austin is going to have its very own!

In 2012, Johnson’s Backyard Garden founded the non-profit Farmshare Austin which launched at the SXSW Eco Welcome Dinner. Since then Farmshare Austin has been working to preserve land for farming, make healthy food more accessible, and educate the Austin community about organic food and farming. Now they are launching their Farmer Starter Program which is a six month long program where six students will live and work on a three acre organic farm and immerse themselves in hands-on learning to discover what it really takes to be a farmer.

Texas has a year-round growing season, and Central Texas is rife with organic farms and communities that support them. It is about time we have a complimentary farm school program and Johnson’s Backyard Garden is the perfect candidate for implementing such a great project. The SXSW Eco Team is excited to watch this program flourish and we can't wait to follow up with JBG in the coming months. I feel a farm school tour in our future...

Check out the initial wave of confirmed Food Systems sessions for SXSW Eco 2014! This program theme will look at what we are currently doing to cut down urban food waste, how we plan to make food distribution more efficient, and the global impacts of food systems. Connect with SXSW Eco on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram for the latest announcements.

Photos by Scott David Gordon for Johnson’s Backyard Garden