Cherry Creek Community Garden
Wild Plant Walk Sunday, November 8 at 2p
Community memories are often captured through food and the rituals of the meals we share. The Cherry Creek Community Garden is located within a flood plane where 25 houses once stood before a devastating flood. In 2010, FEMA gave a grant to the City of Austin to buy out a portion of a South Austin neighborhood because of its extensive history of flooding. The abandoned or damaged houses were all razed. Through the years, crime and homelessness made waves into the abandoned streets, so the diverse surrounding community banded together to start a community garden plan in hopes to preserve this area as a park to discourage crime.
For this project Sonya Cote commemorated the lost 25 houses by building a 25-foot long communal table from wood salvaged from the Bastrop fires in 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. This table is now located in the center of the park as a new community gathering space and was built in the spirit of togetherness that is necessary for a healing neighborhood, a growing area, and a booming city. It will be a place that people can pull up a chair and commune with their fellow neighbors over a meal made of ingredients from the garden. To christen the table, Cote prepared a Super Blood Harvest Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse dinner for the community using recipes and ingredients collected from the neighborhood.
Sonya, in partnership with Nikki Telkes, a practicing herbalist and founder of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, extended an open invitation to those wishing to visit District 5 for a guided walk through the area where the 25 houses used to stand, and where the wild life have reclaimed, and identified growing edible and medicinal wild plants.
See Sonya's cookbook for the Final Exhibit.
Chef Sonya Cote was named one of The Daily Meal’s “Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America”. Sonya is the owner and executive chef of both Austin’s Hillside Farmacy, Eden East and the Homegrown Revival Supper Club.
The Homegrown Revival is an open-source project allowing others to learn, share and create farm-grown foods. The project raises awareness for the public on foraging, growing, sourcing and cooking locally sourced produce and proteins for daily meals.
Council Member: Ann Kitchen
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Sonya Cote image courtesy of Austinchronicle.com