Funky Chicken Coop Tour

April 19
10 a.m. til 4 p.m.

Board Member Elections and Site Rules vote

May 31, 2014 - 10 AM, online voting on officers to follow


Board Meetings

Second Tuesday of every month.


Sunshine Community Gardens Annual Meeting to vote on officers and site rules Saturday, May 31st, 10 AM

Changes in the site rules and approved bylaws - More Info

(.pdf format) (.docx format)
New Site Rules New Site Rules
New Site Rules Explanation New Site Rules Explanation

Funky Chicken Coop Tour

SCG Discount Ticket Instructions

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Enter a Password or Discount Code".
  3. Type in "SCGFun" (without the quotes) in the box that appears.
  4. Click on "Show Available Tickets" button.
  5. Highlight the "SCG Early Bird Ticket Purchase" and select the ticket quantity needed.
  6. Click on "Add to Cart" and follow the prompts.

Coming soon to a backyard near you!! Website

6th Annual Coop Tour celebrates DIY backyard farmers feeding Austin community heart and soul

Check out the new Funky Chicken Coop Tour® Headquarters on April 19, 2014, at Sunshine Community Gardens, 4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756. Enjoy a full day of free family and educational activities, including live poultry, educational booths, and a new speaker series. Don't miss our keynote presentation: "Economic Impact of Austin's Food Sector - and the Importance of Buying Local" at noon!

View Press Release for more info.

Tickets (map) can be shared among people in a group touring together to the coops. The events at Tour "Headquarters" at SCG on 4/19 are FREE and include a speaker series, children's activities, and the launching point for the Bicycle Tour de Funky Chickens. More info on times and the lineup is available in the press releases.

Here are step-by-step instructions for redeeming the discount for purchasing an FCCT map/ticket.

Notes From the Gardens

Organic gardeners do not use treated seed, please be suspicious of colored seeds.

The Compost piles are heating up!
We have started a new compost pile to the north of the existing one. Please put your compostables in the small pile and do not add anything to the large pile. There is a very small hill of compost that may still be available. It grows smaller every day.

Tomato test plot:
If you haven't had a chance, stop by to visit the tomato test plot near the gate. There are 10 varieties of tomatoes planted in 6 rows. Thanks to Jeff Taylor, Jim Willmann, Randy Thompson and Don Freeman for their work. List of tomatoes grown and progress reports and results of the trials can be found in the forums.

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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