Fermentation Class

February 13 at p.m.

Growing Food with and for Chickens

February 18 6-8 p.m.

Quarterly meeting

February 20, 10 am

Annual Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, March 5, 9-2

Annual meeting and elections

May 14, 10 am


Board Meetings

Second Tuesday of every month.

Accuweather's forcast for February

SCG Quarterly Member Meeting - February 20, 2016

10 am at trailer

Our annual Spring Plant Sale will be held on March 5th. Check in often for more details.

Plant Lists


(Printable version)

Attention SCG Gardeners - Volunteers Needed for the Plant Sale

This is our most important fund raiser and requires many gardeners to swing into action to help with all of the preparations and activities during and after the plant sale. Most of the volunteer activities are during the plant sale (9-2), but there are before and after tasks also.

Please read the job descriptions and sign up.

Job Descriptions - Volunteer Sign Up

Sunshine Updates

Fermentation Class

Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 pm

Looking for a way to preserve some of your harvest? Join us for a free fermented foods discussion and HANDS-ON workshop, . The class will be held in the kitchen of:

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin (one block from Sunshine Gardens)
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin, TX 78756

A local Chef Instructor and other Sunshine gardeners will explain how to ferment foods like sauerkraut, probiotic veggies, healthy Escabeche (carrot jalapeño relish) and kombucha.

Please bring, if possible, ALL ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Two clean pint jars with lids
  • A cutting board, a carrot peeler and a good kitchen knife
  • An apron and some way to tie back your hair (or wear a cap)
  • Your favorite whole spices (pepper corns, mustard seeds, allspice, dill seeds, etc)
  • Fresh herbs
  • Veggies! Freshly harvested or organic: carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, etc. You can brine ferment almost anything from the garden.

Fermented foods have many health benefits and are a great way to put up extra produce from your garden...and they taste great! This class is open to the public, so feel free to invite anyone who may be interested.

For more information, contact the SCG education committee at

Free Pre-Tour Event: 2/18 Pat Foreman on Growing Food with and for Chickens

We are really excited to have Pat Foreman, sustainable agricultural author, local foods activist and popular speaker for a 2016 FCCT pre-tour free event on Feb. 18th from 6-8 p.m. at St. Francis School. Her presentation is all about how to transform food deserts into growing food paradises by employing chickens-and their skill sets-to produce much of your own vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat.

Check out the flyer.


RSVPs at:


or Facebook Event

Pictures of Fall Transplanting

Video from the Plant Sale 2015 -- courtesy Berkley Bettis

2014 Tomato Test Plot Results

Tomato Tasting Results 2014

At long last, the results from the Tomato Tasting are in (the earlier report was from a previous year). This year, we had 49 varieties to sample. The five top-ranked tomatoes for taste were Black and Brown Boar, Sun Gold, Lemon Boy, Cherokee Purple, and Black Cherry. The five lowest-ranked tomatoes for taste were BHN-602, Homestead 24F, Large Barred Boar, Dark Galaxy, and Lemon Cherry. Texture and looks were also judged although fewer people made comments on those features than for taste. In any category, scores with more people judging them are more reliable than those with just a few. Also, the results depend on the samples submitted. If the tomatoes weren't totally ripe or overripe, their scores may not be consistent with their peak flavor. Paste type varieties always score lower for taste and often texture than those typically eaten fresh.

Results sorted alphabetically (.pdf)

Results sorted by taste and looks (.xls)

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.

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