Come to 2nd Saturdays @ the G.I.F.T.

Grow, Inspire, Feed, Teach

Subscribe Below & Join the GIFT Gift Economy


  • Give What You'd Love to Share (Food, Plants, etc) 
  • Donate Your Food Scraps 
  • Enjoy a Meal Grown & Cooked Local 
  • Learn to Grow or share what you know with others. 

What is the GIFT?

The GIFT started out as a garden that was built for an eco-conscious children's school. When COVID hit, the school had many challenges that led to the school having to move. Randy Jewart of Resolution Gardens,   Chris Searles of Bio-Integrity, and Billy Tweedie of the Episcopalian church (that offered the garden space as a GIFT to the community) came together to begin caring for and nurturing the garden, bringing artists, musical guests, speakers and people from all backgrounds to develop a deeper relationship with nature through...

 Growing food,  Inspiring us to include & transcend our differences, Feeding others and Teaching others. 

 So we are literally seeding a “gift economy” by grounding our efforts in food production, preparation and distribution with song, beauty and intention of spirit. The GIFT is a garden-roots effort to help connect our local North Austin community with local food and enrich our lives by growing food together we can share, by having a central place  to donate food scraps and by getting to know your local organizations that are doing some damn good stuff for the earth

Second Saturdays at the GIFT

On the second Saturday of each month, we'll donate our food scraps, plant something, harvest something and share in a community potluck and celebrate. 

When is it?

10am-1pm (ish) 

Second Saturday of each month. 

Where is it? 

The GIFT is located in North Austin/Crestview area

The GIFT is located in North Austin/Crestview area

2200 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

The GIFT is an Opportunity for Authentic Connection...

At the beginning of the pandemic, between lockdowns and shortages, being home with my family enforced a reckoning of my priorities as an individual. As the months of pandemic life progressed I also began to recognize a community that is starving for connection...


The Gift is my opportunity to battle against the feeling of learned helplessness that the pandemic is forcing on me in every aspect of my life. I cannot battle an invisible enemy, but I can pull weeds, or pick in the garden, or clean out a building, or just functionally DO something that is outside of my head and my home. These micro-actions allow me relief from an overwhelming feeling of being stuck. By being part of the gift, I'm able to foster ways to feed the souls of my neighbors through activities, events, and work days.

-Tiana Paulsen

The GIFT is an Opportunity  to Practice Values that Cross Through the Religious and Secular Sphere...

The GIFT has been a tangible reminder of what a small group of people can achieve with regular gatherings and big dreams.  


To me the GIFT is about regeneration of relationships with one another and the land. Our GIFT economy has been driven by our mutual need for one another along with the intent on being mindful stewards of the resources in our very midst. It looks a lot like growing food in the garden, inspiring each other with art, remembering that learning is a lifelong journey, and sharing what we have with one another. These are all values that cross through the religious and secular sphere. It has been a fruitful endeavor to date and look forward to finding more presence with The GIFT.

-Billy Tweedie

Subscribe Below & Get the Community Feels @ the GIFT 

  • Give What You'd Love to Share (Food, Plants, etc) 
  • Donate Your Food Scraps 
  • Enjoy a Meal Grown & Cooked Local 
  • Learn to Grow or share what you know with others. 

What are we going to do?

  • Harvest Veg 
  • Compost your food scraps 
  • Sow/Plant in the Garden Beds
  • Have a Garden-Fresh Potluck Lunch (bring anything you're growing from your garden, no pre-packaged food please) 
  • Some Saturdays will have musical guests, speakers, workshops, etc. Subscribe to know when.

What the price for entry?

Food scraps + Subscribe to our list (if you haven't already) 

You can also bring any food from your garden (if you have one) and anything you'd like to donate, to the GIFT or for others at the event. 

What should I bring? 

-Food scraps

-Anything you'd like to donate 

-Any extra produce you'd like to share 

-Anything you'd like to bring to the lunch potluck 

-Water, good outside clothes

What about COVID? 

This event takes place outside, keep 6ft distance. 

Are kids welcome? 


There's something providential for me that The GIFT has allowed me to team up with long-time respected friends and cultivate new relationships by grounding our efforts in the garden. The work is following a special feeling that comes from nurturing a process from the living world's productivity (gift-giving) -- that we can share together as it progresses out of the garden, to the kitchen, the classrooms, the dance floor to the larger community. 💚

Randy Jewart

Yes! We accept food scraps! 🥒🍆🥦

You can drop off food scraps regularly between Sat-Mon 🙂 Click the button below to learn more about our food scrap program. Unless you eat old coffee grounds...then nvm? 

The GIFT is an Opportunity for Regenerative Community...

THE GIFT is an opportunity to experiment in solutions- and community-building on so many levels: bringing together secular and religious folks, encoring local biodiversity / carbon absorption and climate resilience, growing food locally...


enjoying that food, partnering to green-up urban ecology and the local economy, building a broader network in the neighborhood and among like-minded Austinites, providing food resources for those of lesser privilege or means, making new friends from all walks of life, spending time just enjoying the outdoors in a safe place and all of the magic that offers, breathing fresh and feeling the sunlight on my skin after spending the weekdays in front of my computer, marveling at the cycles of life in a garden in all of its glorious stages, bonding with strangers over shared food and “sustainable” leisure, composting and making new life, getting to know some plants and insects and chickens and tres and water cycles, revitalizing the church’s buildings and campus in various ways, having a beer, sharing deep thoughts and light-hearted laughs with our team on the reg, putting gratitude for our fellow humans and the biosphere we live in into a community-building / personal-nourishment / pleasure-payoff practice, doing some heavy lifting, getting "dirty” in the soils and scratchy from mingling with the vegetation, grounding ourselves in “primary reality”, exercising the process and collaboration with people and “the more than human world,” opening up new possibilities for regenerative urbanism, having fun… brightening our own lives and helping the greater good however we can. “It’s a mustard seed,” as Dr. Rev. Stephen Kinney says.

Chris Searles 

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The GIFT has had musical guests, artists, speakers on environmental and social topics and all kinds of other coolness. Subscribe below so you don't miss out!

The GIFT is an Experiment of An Alternative Economy...

The GIFT is a platform; a unique space in the center of Austin abounding in potential. It calmly resides in the middle of chaotic tensions, both local and global. A place of work, rest, growth, decay, commerce, donation.

The GIFT is an experiment of the viability of an alternative economy. What if we found out that we already had what we always needed?

The GIFT is grounded in a foundation of stewardship of our land, resources and relationships.

The GIFT provides for a radical reconnection with the land and our community.

Tim Klatt ‧ 

The GIFT is a chance to grow food together we can share...

As someone with a deep desire to live closer to nature, grow my own food and feel part of community,  I found that, without a yard, with living 30min away from the plot, with having no help, it was an uphill battle to really make progress in my garden, learn and connect with others and know the garden doesn't die with me, but continues on to better the lives of others and the planet. Although I did manage to grow about 70% of all my greens on a regular, nearly year round basis... something was still missing. I wanted to feel like I was part of a community, growing together, where we really contribute to each other's well-being and stand for something. After trying garden clubs, community plots, various community outreach projects, I finally found a place to grow food, share food, invite others and help create a place where plants, people and 

Chris Abdo ‧ Garden Geek at

OMG  Subscribe Already  

Like seriously, we're just gonna plant something, grow something, eat some food, share conversation, contribute to compost. Its great. We'll have other events too so even if you can't make Saturdays you'll know about those. 

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Join Me in Becoming a Regenerative Gardener. 

Join me in my story as I try to  collaborate with nature to develop hyper-local ecosystem abundance, grow my own food despite living in an apartment and join with others to learn from their gardening stories. 

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