The Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas Community Garden Project is a partnership with Texas A&M Agrilife Extensions Master Gardener Program. The garden was designed by Dr. Rodney Stapp, he wanted to provide a space where people could learn to grow organic fruits and vegetables and have a space for relaxation and spiritual reflection. Volunteers from staff, community members and the master gardener program tend to the garden. Produce is distributed to our patients with diabetes through clinic visits.
Vegetable and fruit garden
The first phase of the garden was the development of vegetable beds. For the first 5 months we had no water in the garden and volunteers dragged water on the water wagon to the garden where it was pumped by hand to water plants. Initial irrigation was using traditional unglazed clay ollas along with hand watering, in 2016 we have added some soaker hoses.
The Three Sister's Garden.
This Native American Agricultural method originated around 7,000 years ago. Corn Beans and squash are grown together , each providing benefits for the other. The corn provides a stalk for the beans to climb, the beans provide nutrients for the squash and corn and the squash provides shade and protection for the roots of the corn and the beans.
The Healing Circle garden
The aim of the healing circle garden is to create a restful, spiritual space that can be used by programs for traditional healing practices.
Native plants and flowers
Selected native plants, herbs and flowers are co-mingled with the vegetable, fruit trees and healing circle to encourage beneficial insects as a natural way to reduce pests in the garden. This co-mingling of different plants helps improve soil quality as well as making the garden an attractive and peaceful place to spend time.