Green Corn Fall Festival Fun (Podcast)

Oct 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured Articles
Festival fun at Green Corn fundraiser. Image from Green Corn Facebook Page.

Festival fun at Green Corn fundraiser. Image from Green Corn Facebook Page.



For the past 19 years, the Green Corn Project has empowered a broad cross-section of the community through gardening.

Current Green Corn President, Renee Studebaker, says volunteers learn by doing. In spring and fall they participate in Dig-ins, where they build gardens for recipients, who must meet certain criteria, including being unable to purchase adequate nutritious food due to income or lack of access; needing and receiving financial assistance from a government agency; people with disabilities, including impaired sight, hearing, speech, or movement; or schools or community centers that provide services to underserved individuals, families and communities.

On Dig-in days, volunteers convene at a designated meeting place, are assigned to experienced leaders and collect the supplies they need for the day. After a briefing, they disperse to their sites and get their hands dirty. Studebaker says volunteers often remark that they find volunteering for the organization to be one of the best community service opportunities they have experienced.

Raising Funds at the Festival to Grow Gardens

While Green Corn’s overhead is exceptionally low—they have only one part-time employee and no physical office space—the materials they need to create the gardens aren’t free. They receive corporate matching, foundations and grants. Yet, they generate a meaningful percentage of the budget each fall during their annual Green Corn Fall Festival at Boggy Creek Farm.

This year it’s Sunday, October 29 from noon to 3:30. Since the first festival debuted nineteen years ago, it’s been a fall favorite—and for good reason. Studebaker says the Austin’s best chefs and restaurants are on site offering samples of their menus, mixologists are on hand to pass out sips of their innovative cocktails, there are games for the kids, a silent auction and an afternoon of music from the farm porch

Find a complete list of artisans and musicians participating in the Green Corn Fall Festival at

That’s also where you can purchase tickets. On the day of the event tickets may be purchased at the gate until 3:00 p.m. for $45 dollars. Children under 12 are always free.

The Green Corn Project Fall Festival is Sunday October 29 from noon to 3:30 at Boggy Creek Farm in East Austin. And I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the festival.

To enter for a chance to win the tickets, tell us about your favorite volunteer experience in the comments section below.

Rules for Entry

  1. To enter, must be 18 years of age or older
  2. Must be able to attend the Green Corn Fall Festival October 29 at Boggy Creek Farm
  3. Must not have won anything from Field & Feast in the past three months
  4. Only one entry per person, email address and IP address
  5. Provide a valid email address, as that’s how winners will be notified
  6. Enter by 12:00 Noon CT Sunday, October 15, 2017
  7. If you are the winner, and do not reply to the producer’s email within 48 hours, you forfeit your prize
  8. No transfers, substitutions or cash value.

NOTE: This is a moderated site. Do not fret if you do not immediately see your entry in the comments section.


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  1. When I was involved in the Travis County Master Gardener program I truly enjoyed working with the community to find answers to their gardening questions. As an owner of a plant company, I still enjoy helping people be successful in growing plants even without selling them anything.

  2. Admire what the Green Corn Project does for the Austin community.

  3. It would be my first volunteer event, which was AIDS Walk. It was life changing and led me to volunteer when I can. I like to think that no matter how small, every little bit we give makes a difference.

  4. I volunteer for the Livestrong challenge in memory of a family member. I appreciate that they have an area where you can honor loved ones.