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Farmshare Austin launches with brunch Nov. 9

Addie Broyles

Brenton Johnson, who started Johnson’s Backyard Garden in his East Austin backyard back in 2004 and now runs one of the largest organic farms in Texas, has long wanted for formalize his farm’s philanthropic work.

For years, JBG has donated produce to nonprofits around Austin and hosted events to give back to the community, but this fall, Johnson is officially launching Farmshare Austin, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve access to organic and sustainably grown food in Central Texas through education, research, food access and land preservation. Johnson says that one part of Farmshare Austin that he is particularly excited about is called Farmer Starter, a hands-on educational program for beginning farmers that will include taking over a parcel of land on Johnson’s property lease-free.

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Farmshare Austin is hosting its first fundraiser, a brunch on the farm at 9515 Hergotz Lane featuring live music from Shinyribs. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids 16 and under, and you can buy them at