December 12, 2012

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Urban Harvest staff, volunteers and Sunnyside residents building raised garden beds. (Photo courtesy of Urban Harvest)
Urban Harvest establishes first community garden in Sunnyside, Houston’s oldest African-American neighborhood, food desert

Urban Harvest

After years of dreaming, planning, permitting, fundraising and growing community engagement, Urban Harvest, in partnership with the City of Houston, has begun building garden beds and planting produce in its latest community garden with new friends and neighbors in Sunnyside, the oldest African-American community in Houston. The garden is part of the non-profit organization’s I Grow-Houston initiative, and is located at 4646 Brinkley in south Houston.

Urban Harvest was founded on the idea that community gardens are critical in fighting hunger, urban blight and improving nutritional choices that increase health. Historically, the organization has provided support for people who create gardens in their community, but this project is the first time that Urban Harvest has approached a community to create a garden.

“The idea for this initiative came from discussions about food deserts and how we could affect big change in areas of Houston where fresh food is scarce and usable land is abundant by growing knowledge, fresh produce and community pride while creating a productive green space,” says Callie Hastings, director of development for Urban Harvest. “We created a committee and the I-Grow Houston initiative, and through research, we discovered the immense lack of food availability and quality in Sunnyside.”

Sunnyside was created as an independent freedman’s town in the early 1900s and retains characteristics of a more rural community. Although the neighborhood was annexed by Houston in 1956, it remains marginalized, lacking the amenities of many urban areas, especially in regards to access to healthy foods and public transportation. Geographically large, Sunnyside spans over seven square-miles and is home to more than 22,000 residents. The entire Sunnyside community is served by just one grocery store.

The objective of I Grow-Houston, part of Urban Harvest’s community gardens program, is to build community gardens, farms and orchards on vacant land in areas with poor access to healthy fresh foods. These are often referred to as food deserts. The lots are acquired through the City of Houston’s LARA program (Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority), which works to redevelop tax-delinquent and abandoned lots typically located in low-income areas. Through I Grow-Houston, Urban Harvest, community members and volunteers transform these undesirable lots into usable, productive and attractive green spaces.

Sunnyside residents have named their garden The Harry Holmes Healthy Harvest, in honor of the man who built the community. It sits on a 50-foot x 165-foot lot and will contain 14 raised garden beds, two herb gardens, six fruit trees as well as compost bins and rainwater barrels. It is an allotment garden whereby area residents lease space annually in which to plant and maintain their own garden. The cost is $5-10 per month, which is based on and covers water usage. Urban Harvest and the resident gardeners will meet weekly.

“This community garden will not only expand residents’ access to nutritious food, it will create many beneficial outcomes for the community,” says Hastings. “It will bring neighbors together build a positive and enduring local food system in their community, provide them with an opportunity to learn every aspect of developing gardens and growing produce through hands-on custom curricula; and, as similar initiatives in urban centers in the United States and Europe have shown, the community will gain a green space that will make a positive focal point that will enhance community life and the value of nearby properties. Statistically, urban greening projects have shown to reduce crime, illegal dumping and littering, which are all issues that Sunnyside residents are attempting to address.”

I Grow-Houston will be an ongoing and expanding initiative. It will begin with four lots in Sunnyside and slowly expand into additional at-risk communities, where available land and community interest are brought together with Urban Harvest leadership.

“Working with the City of Houston and the local community, Urban Harvest’s role in this initiative is comprehensive,” adds Hastings. “In addition to finding the lots and providing support to build the gardens, we will teach hands-on classes in the gardens to provide instruction on planting seasonal vegetables, organic fertilizing techniques, pest and disease management, seed selection, composting and rain water collection. Through Urban Harvest’s large network of volunteers, community gardeners and experienced staff, these support services will be offered on a continuous basis.”

Planning for this garden and others to come as part of LARA began two years ago. This first lot was cleared by the City of Houston in September 2012, and in early October Urban Harvest added a water main, culvert, driveway, fence and storage shed. Building of the raised garden beds began on October 25 and continued over the weekend of October 26-28, and planting officially begin on Monday, October 29. An official dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. with Mayor Annise Parker.

“Houston’s wealth is in its resources,” says Laura Spanjian, director of Sustainability for the City of Houston. “We are a large city with lots of available land, weather for growing year-round and a network of strong leaders and teachers who can assist new gardeners and farmers. Houston also continues to demonstrate it can come together to support significant initiatives in a collaborative way.

I-Grow Houston is supported by Brown Foundation, River Oaks Garden Club, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Urban Harvest, City of Houston and individual donors.

Urban Harvest is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that helps build communities from the ground up by promoting sustainable land use and horticultural practices to grow food and reduce hunger. Its fruit tree sale, wide array of gardening related classes and farmers market projects are intended to help educate the public about the health benefits of eating local produce in season, and to provide resources and knowledge on how to grow in the metro Houston climate.

Urban Harvest programming is run by over a dozen committees of Board members and volunteers, each supported by a staff member. Each program and objective has a timeline and a hard-working committee dedicated to ensuring its success. The Board adopted a new five-year strategic plan in May of 2011. When a new strategic plan is adopted, work continues, consistent evaluation and refinements are made, and reports are presented at the following annual Board Retreat in May of 2012. The plan is modified or restructured at that time, depending on outcomes.

Seedling giveaway planned for Possum Kingdom-area communities

Texas A&M Forest Service

In April 2011, the PK Complex wildfire ravaged communities surrounding the scenic Possum Kingdom Lake, burning more than 126,000 acres and destroying 168 homes. The recovery effort continues this month, with an event planned to help restore the area’s landscape.

Texas A&M Forest Service is partnering with Texas Garden Clubs on Saturday, Dec. 15, to distribute 100 free trees to residents of The Cliffs and Sportsman’s World communities. The giveaway begins at 11 a.m. at The Cliffs, 160 Cliffs Drive, Graford, and at noon at Sportsman’s World, 6020 Hell’s Gate Loop, Strawn.

The trees were purchased with funds donated by Texas Garden Clubs and will be distributed by officials with Texas A&M Forest Service. Volunteers from the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council and reTREEt America will be on hand to assist residents who need help planting their trees.

“These communities were devastated by the 2011 wildfires,” said Forester Courtney Blevins. “We want to give them some hope and help them re-green the area surrounding their homes.”

Strategic landscaping can help reduce the spread of wildfire, so it’s key for residents to consider proximity to the home and spacing between trees when planting on their property, Blevins added. Information about fire-resistant landscaping will be distributed to residents when they pick up their trees.

“We chose these species — live oak, lacey oak and cedar elm — to give away because they are drought hardy and not highly flammable,” he said.

The trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents are not required to pre-register or provide proof of residence.

Everyone is a winner with this beautiful native.

The leaves are usually triangular shaped and have toothed margins. (Photos courtesy of Native American Seed)

Cowpen Daisy

By Znobia Wootan
Native American Seed

There are a few native wildflower species that you can count on every year. The beautiful Gayfeather, vibrant Maximilian Sunflower, and the White Frostweed that often goes unnoticed growing in the shade but you can’t miss Cowpen Daisy, Verbesina encelioides.

Like the other fall blooming species above, it is resistant to browsing/grazing pressure. It actually contains the chemical galegine and is poisonous to animals like sheep and goats, although they won’t eat it unless there is nothing else available. The Native Americans used Cowpen Daisy to treat some skin ailments and spider bites. It could be widely found throughout the prairie states and is an annual forb of about 1-3 ft. tall that likes to grow in disturbed sites, hence the name. It is also frequently called Golden Crownbeard.

Cowpen daisy is a favorite to many because of the time of year that it blooms, summer to first frost, and the simple fact that it is one of the easiest yellow composite flowers to identify. The gray-green foliage and unique odor are a dead giveaway. The leaves are usually triangular shaped and have toothed margins. They will be opposite each other on the lower part of the plant becoming alternate to each other higher up and get their gray-green appearance from the covering of very fine white hairs.

Where there is one plant you will find more as they like to grow in groups, and are even referred to as weedy by those who are less appreciative. This makes for beautiful sweeping lines of yellow in the hottest, driest times in Texas. Some people will smile, pause for a moment, and wonder at the grit this yellow flower must have to thrive in a Texas August.

The flower heads are up to 2 inches across and have distinct 3-toothed rays. Our native pollinators love the blooming colonies of Cowpen Daisy that provide an exceptional nectar source at a time of the year when the nectar supply can be scarce. Our long-tongued bees, such as bumblebees, honeybees, large leaf-cutting bees, little carpenter bees and cuckoo bees, find Cowpen Daisy too good to pass up.

Butterflies also take advantage of this bountiful nectar supply, and Cowpen Daisy is actually a host plant for the caterpillars of the Silvery Checkerspot and the Gold Moth. Once the pollinators visit and the seeds mature, our native quail, dove and turkey have a feast on the crop of seeds that fall to the ground. Everyone is a winner with this beautiful native.

Gardening tips

If you plan on growing your own transplants for spring, allow enough time when ordering seed for the young plants to reach the appropriate size for setting out at the scheduled time. Most vegetable and ornamentals need to grow 4 to 6 weeks before setting out.

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Did you know...

Devil’s Claw is an interesting native, carnivorous plant that has attractive, orchid-like blooms and a slimy, foul smell when touched. The name comes from the sharp, hook-like claw that forms on the ends of the fruit. Once dried, the claws attach themselves to wildlife and livestock and are spread to new environments. The dried fruit are often used in crafts and were once used by the Pima Indians to ward off rheumatism. Although you shouldn’t try this yourself, the Pima would break off a small piece of the claw, press it into the flesh, light it and allow it to burn.

Upcoming garden events.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events" or would like to make a change to a listed event, please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


Humble: Join avid birders and novices from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, December 15, at the Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, as you take part in Christmas Bird Count, an annual national event sanctioned by the Audubon Society, Houston is on a major flyway for migrating species and this is a great way to see some amazing birds as they head south or spend their winters in Mercer’s gardens. For more information, contact Al Barr at or call 281-443-8731.


Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners will host their annual Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar, Saturday, March 2, at the First United Methodist church, Faith Center, Whaley Street entrance, Longview, from 8 a.m. until noon. Greg Grant, horticulturist, conservationist and writer will be the speaker. Greg’s topic for the first session will be “Home Landscaping: Right Plant, Right Place.” For the second session, Greg’s topic will be “Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Garden.” Greg is a lecturer at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, a graduate from Texas A&M University, and a columnist for Texas Gardener magazine. Advance tickets are $10, available from the Gregg Co. AgriLife Extension Service or at the door for $12. For more information, call 1-903-236-8429 or visit


Nacogdoches: The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches. A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden, and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call 936-468-4404, or visit and click on “garden events” for a list of available plants.



Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit or call 281-855-5600.

Wichita Falls: The Wichita County Master Gardener Association meets at 5:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 600 Scott Street, Wichita Falls, on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit or call 940-716-8610.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

Gonzalas: Gonzales Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting is held from noon until 1 p.m. at 1405 Conway St. (Odd Fellows Lodge). Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or e-mail for more information.


Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit

Evant: The Evant Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the bank in downtown Evant. To confirm the date, time and place of each month's meeting, call 254-471-5585.

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit or contact

Jacksboro: The Jacksboro Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) at the Concerned Citizens Center, 400 East Pine Street, Jacksboro. For more information, call Melinda at 940-567-6218.

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program preceding the business meeting. For further information call Cindy Gill at 903-236-8429 or visit

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit and

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call 409-835-8461.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Bldg. cor. MLK & Strickland in Orange. Pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit

Angleton: The Brazoria County Master Gardeners meet at 11 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Brazoria County Extension Office, 21017 County Road 171, Angleton. There is a general business meeting followed by a brief educational program each month. For further information call 979-864-1558, ext.110.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. in the training room of the College Station Waste Water Facility building at the end of North Forest Parkway, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation, and more. For more information, visit

Houston: The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of each month, January through November, at 10:30am at the Copperfield Baptist Church, 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Call Karla at 281-748-8417 prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit


Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardeners meet at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne, which includes a program and a meet & greet. For more information, call Sharon Smith at 817-894-7700.

Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport. For additional information, e-mail or call 361-790-0103.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Brownwood: Brownwood Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.  The club meetings are at Southside Baptist Church, 1219 Indian Creek Road, with refreshments and a speaker presentation. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email or call 817-454-8175).

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-341-7068 or visit

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, except June and December, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call 830-379-1972 or visit


New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month (except December) at the GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, New Braunfels. For additional information, call 830-620-3440.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Horne Enterprise building in Atlanta at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Gene Bobo at

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardeners, a program of Texas AgriLife Extension, meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan. There is a public gardening program at each meeting and pertinent information may be found at or 979-823-0129.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Blvd., Ft. Worth. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

Houston: The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairie Association of Texas (HNPAT) meets from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston. For more information, contact hnpat@prairies.orgrg.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the community room behind the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union,1300 N. Bell, Cedar Park, unless there is special event planned. Following a program and short business meeting, we share a pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call president Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email

Dallas: The Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thurday of each month at the REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817-483-7746.

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