This morning at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Hergotz Lane.
A little over six months ago, I began volunteering at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, an organic CSA-based farm in Austin. I found out about this opportunity shortly after moving here three years ago. If you know me, I don’t really seem like a farm-y person, which is partly why it took me so long to try it out. But you know what? I keep going back because it’s kind of addictive.
Why? Because being outside, working with veggies, and maybe getting a little dirty is fun. Really! And it also might have something to do with the bounty of beautiful vegetables that you receive at the end.
I think my biggest concern about doing this was wondering what the heck I would do with all of that produce. This is also what kept me from joining a CSA because I only cook for myself. You quickly learn to use up the things that go bad first, and if you have a fear of pickling like I did, well, you get over it. (Pickled peppers are the BEST.)Continue reading
For those not in Austin, Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG) is a pretty extraordinary operation. What began in 2004 as an actual backyard garden is now a certified-organic farm with a thriving CSA program (and really cool graphics!). Now there are two farm locations covering about 70 acres total. While JBG has grown, they see themselves as more of a big garden with 20 gardeners harvesting everything by hand.
Yesterday, JBG hosted their first River Road farm tour which was open to anyone and everyone. They wanted to show people where their vegetables were grown and share what the farm was all about. Having found about it just the day before, I decided that it sounded like a great opportunity and a perfect way to spend the morning. Evidently
about 40-50 other people “well over 100” others felt the same way! Brenton Johnson himself guided us throughout the farm while stopping to show us beautiful veggies and fill us in on what they do to grow them. Continue reading