25 February 2016

D.I.Y. Dog Food

by Claudia Alarcon • Photography by Alison Narro

If the title of this article got your attention, we probably have a few things in common: Our dogs are...

16 March 2016

Beyond the Czech-ered Cloth

by Dawn Orsak • Photography by Lori Najvar

When it’s picnic season, tens of thousands of people have their hunger and souls satisfied at many Texas chu...

25 February 2016

Belle Vie Farm

by Claire Canavan • Photography by Andy Sams

Sprawling oak trees dot the landscape on the road to Belle Vie Farm and Kitchen, a family farm northeast o...



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Green Pease

Green Pease

by Julien Glasse

My name is Julien, and I’m a fifth-grader at Pease Elementary. I recently interviewe...


What We're Drinking with Outdoor

What We're Drinking with Outdoor

by Terry Thompson-Anderson

The advent of spring and more time outdoors combine to turn our food and b...

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Hitting Pay Dirt

Hitting Pay Dirt


by Carol Ann Sayle

I am fortunate to have survived, and mostly thrived, as a farmer for 25 year...


Honey Beauty

Honey Beauty

by Kathy White

Sumerian clay tablets recorded poetry about this golden elixir as long ago as 2000 B.C...


Oh, Galveston

Oh, Galveston

by Lora-Marie Bernard

Opened in 1911 in Galveston, Texas, by San Giacinto Gaido, Gaido’s Restaurant w...

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Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

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My Gardening Manifesto


By Jason Minshew 
Photography by Jody Horton

My goal is to persuade Austinites to reinterpret the relationship between a landscape and a garden. By applying the principles of landscape design to include plants that produce fruits and veggies, I create thoughtfully designed, productive urban landscapes that are as beautiful as traditional landscapes conceived and installed purely for ornamental purposes.


For the last three years I’ve had the pleasure and pride of promoting this reinterpretation at Austin’s Habitat Suites Hotel. When I began my work there, the hotel’s landscape was over 20 years old and planted with the usual suspects from that period. Red-tip Photinias and (non-fruiting) Bradford pear trees were reaching the end of life and needed to be replaced. I chose olive and satsuma trees, which have similar beneficial qualities and functions as their predecessors, but with the bonus of providing bounty. I swapped the Chinese holly and Indian hawthorn for blackberries, guava and dwarf pomegranate shrubs. Soon the ground was covered with areas of native grasses, strawberries and beets, and guests began complimenting the management on the inspiring changes taking place in the landscape.


Through my work at Habitat Suites, I hope to help people past the paradigm that food only grows in straight rows, that good neighbors don’t plant vegetable gardens in their front yards and that landscape is synonymous with ornamental. Heck, we might just start a revolution.

I have my eye on those soccer fields at Zilker Park.



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