Board Meetings

Second Tuesday of every month.


Election Results

Welcome to two new board members - Ginny Heilman, Secretary and Linda Francescone, Director. Directors Kay McMurry and Michael Hall were reelected. Additionally, serving on the Nominating Committee for next year's elections will be Katy Davis, Judy Sinclair, Chris Schroder, and Nancy Seibert. Next year, we will vote in a new President, Vice-President and Treasurer. Please think about whether you would be willing to be on the Board of Sunshine and let the nominating committee know. Thanks to everyone who took part in the election process.

All provisions of the new Site Rules passed overwhelmingly Saturday, May 31st. The most immediate effect is we have kept the increase in regular service hours that went into effect when the Board approved the changes in February and the TSBVI hour will be billed at $50 if not worked.

Notes From the Gardens

June 13, 2014

Sunshine has joined The American Community Gardening Association. Check out their newsletter for valuable community gardening info.

Note on Service Hours

In order to email out invoices for plot rentals/service hours, All Spring Service Hours must be recorded by July 4th. If you have any problems with the Virtual Green Binder or the Green Binder in the shed, please let Sharon know.

Welcome to Sunshine Community Gardens' website

Please feel free to contribute recipes, hints, pictures, links, comments or anything else you feel that will help this website become a gardener's reference and home.

Send email to Sharon at

Sunshine's Compost/Recycling Operations

Do you want to recycle leaves, grass clippings, or vegetable kitchen waste? You are welcome to bring this material to Sunshine Gardens and deposit it in the appropriate clearly marked pile.

Please empty your collection containers (another opportunity, to recycle) for reuse.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept twigs, branches, or logs as we have no way to deal with them as nature cannot break them down quickly enough given our limited space.

Also, we can't accept florist waste. We try to subscribe to organic practices and avoid herbicides and fungicides and preservatives. We don't know what the flowers are treated with but if and only if, it contains none of the above then you are welcome to dump it in our compost pile.


Sunshine Gardens celebrates over 30 years of community gardening in Austin!

Sunshine Community Gardens has been in existence since 1979 with over 200 plots on about 3 acres of land in north central Austin, Texas. The land is leased from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and they are our generous partners in providing the members of Sunshine with an urban oasis for growing organic food and flowers.

SCG is an all volunteer non-profit organization. With the assistance of Gabriel Valley Farms, a local grower, each spring on the 1st Saturday of March, our Annual Plant Sale and Benefit provides the Austin area spring transplants for their gardens. Heirloom tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, eggplant, herbs and much more are sold to benefit the gardens. Funds help to keep our membership fees low, pay for maintenance of our tools and tractor, and provide opportunities for special projects at the garden.

Sunshine, through its parent organization, Community Garden Initiative of Central Texas, offers educational opportunities with garden tours, donations of seed and plants, and meeting space for other non-profits. A number of plots are set aside as designated gardens to grow fresh produce for the Micah 6 Food Bank.

For contact information, or if you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, go to our Contact page.

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