Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 21, 2012
in.gredients, the nation’s first package-free and zero waste microgrocer, has teamed up with Urban Patchwork, Austin’s first neighborhood-scale farm non-profit, to maximize community involvement and contribute to Cherrywood’s community farm plots.
in.gredients’ store garden will be a part of Urban Patchwork’s Cherrywood community-supported agriculture (CSA) network and become a pick up point for CSA members. Produce grown at in.gredients will be distributed to members, and surplus produce or seedlings will be sold at in.gredients in a farmstand setting.
“We’re excited to execute on our community-supported agriculture approach by making our space a part of a hyper-local, neighborhood patchwork of food-producing land,” in.gredients co-founder Christian Lane said.
In addition to supplying organic produce to Cherrywood via Urban Patchwork’s CSA and to the community via the farmstand, the garden will promote community involvement and educational opportunities by hosting volunteer days and hands-on gardening classes.
“Since in.gredients’ storefront is located down the street from several of the neighborhood farm plots already established in Cherrywood, the location easily fits into the farm network,” Urban Patchwork founder Paige Hill said. “It’s a perfect place to host workshops, community potlucks, and demonstrations on how growing food at home is ‘doable’ using the most affordable, cutting-edge, and resource-conservative methods.”
in.gredients and Urban Patchwork’s garden will offer an aesthetic improvement to Manor Road while serving as a model for minimizing water consumption. The growing area will contain a combination of raised and in-ground growing beds that focus on water-saving agricultural and horticultural techniques.
“Partnering with in.gredients is a perfect match,” Hill said. “Our organizations share an ethos of being forward-thinking, environmentally aware, and community-centric. Folks can walk or bike to get their food, whether it’s grown, brewed, or sold at the store.”