Have you ever tasted anything more delicious than fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden? Recently, on a tour with some new friends through Community First! Village, I noticed our mulberry tree growing in Genesis Gardens was bursting with berries. I stopped, picked some to share with my friends, and gave them a taste of the goodness cultivated and harvested here all year long. Genesis Gardens is at the heart of Community First! Village.
Before we built one home on this property, we prepared the gardens. Future neighbors, volunteers and staff members worked together to nurture this land and each other. Through the gardens, they cultivated not only a bountiful harvest to share, but more importantly, a caring community in the place our friends experiencing homelessness would soon call home.
With your support, this plot of land has become home and community for those men and women who were once struggling to survive on the streets of Austin. Our Genesis Gardens program has flourished through the years and remains fundamental for those transitioning out of homelessness.
Our farm provides fresh and nutritious food for our neighbors, as well as opportunities for them to earn a dignified income by working in the gardens or caring for the farm’s goats, chickens or even the colony of bees that live here.