Events: Green Gate’s farm days, camps help raise money after canceled fall CSA

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Skip Connett, one of the owners of Green Gate Farm, was injured in a car accident recently. They've had to cancel their fall CSA but are hoping to keep the farm open by selling meat and hosting events this fall. Kelly West/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Skip Connett, one of the owners of Green Gate Farm, was injured in a car accident recently. They've had to cancel their fall CSA but are hoping to keep the farm open by selling meat and hosting events this fall. Kelly West/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Skip Connett, one of the owners of Green Gate Farm, was injured in a car accident recently. They’ve had to cancel their fall CSA but are hoping to keep the farm open by selling meat and hosting events this fall. Kelly West/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s been a particularly hard year for Skip Connett and Erin Flynn, who own Green Gate Farm in far East Austin. Connett was involved in an accident recently that has led to them having to cancel their fall CSA. He’s posted the whole story, as well as half a dozen ways you can support them during this time, over on the Green Gate blog. One of the cool things they have this fall are Adult Farm Camps, a crash course in managing livestock and growing organic vegetables. The next class ($150) is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by another at the same time on Nov. 15. The farm, 8310 Canoga Ave., is also hosting Family Farm Days ($10) from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays of the month with kid-friendly activities, like planing seeds in the greenhouse or making flower bouquets. Find out more, including about renting the space for weddings or other events, or reserve a spot at newfarminstitute.org.

Here are a few other farm events of note coming up soon:

Interested in the intersection of architecture and farming? Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, is hosting free architecture tours the first weekend of November of two significant buildings on its property: the white farmhouse that is one of the oldest houses in Austin, rivaled by the French Legation, which was also finished in 1841; and the modernized spin on the classic dogtrot house that owners Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle finished in 2012. The docent-led tours will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, and you can find out more at boggycreekfarm.com. Don’t forget the Green Corn Project’s annual fall fundraiser will take place at the farm on Oct. 26.

Farmshare Austin will host its first Harvest Festival at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the starter farm at 3608 River Road in Cedar Creek. Tickets ($15) available here.

The Austin Discovery School, a free public charter school near the intersection of FM 969 and Decker Lane, has organized its seventh annual Slow Feast in the Field fundraiser dinner, this year featuring chef Sonya Cote. The dinner featuring heritage meats, seasonal farm produce and local wines starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 8, on Green Gate Farm’s historic property east of U.S. 183. Tickets ($75 per person) and info at austindiscoveryschool.org.


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