Jabo’s Garden


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HISTORY: Nearly a decade ago, Jerry “Jabo” Dean, a retired UT Music Professor, began volunteering his time to garden with his grandson’s Zilker Elementary kindergarten class. Jabo has been gardening with every kindergarten class since then.

In 2014, the owners/chefs at Odd Duck approached the school and offered to help expand the garden. Odd Duck is deeply committed to supporting and serving locally sourced food and wanted to pass along its passion for food and sustainable farming to a new generation. Thus was born Jabo’s Garden at Zilker Elementary.

MISSION: The mission of Jabo’s Garden is to create and sustain an organic edible garden and landscape that is fully integrated into the school’s culture, curriculum and food program. Our aim is to give students a place to learn about and experience the connections between their actions, their health, their community, their environment and of course, their tastebuds.

GOALS:  To promote healthy eating and physical activity.  To support and enhance all areas of study by creating an outdoor learning space and an integrated gardening curriculum.  To be an example of sustainable environmental practices and the foundation for a greater environmental education for our students, faculty, families and community.


There are many ways to help!  

•Most Friday mornings 8:00-10:00* come help care for our garden. No experience needed. Come for as long or as short as you like.
•Second Tuesday of the month: Garden Committee Meetings* 3:00 in room #502
•Last Sunday of the month: family volunteer hours 10:00-2:00*
•Ask your teacher if they want help running a weekly garden project.
•Help prepare and serve our veggies or lead craft projects at special events.

*these times can change depending on other school events, weather or holidays.  Check the garden bulletin board for the official calendar

12/9 Odd Duck fundraiser

School webpage: http://zilkerelem.org/pta/sustainability/jabos-garden/
Zilker Elementary Facebook and ZEN
Garden bulletin board
Twitter: Jabo’s Garden@ZilkerJabos
Garden email list: contact Martine to be added mcfedy@gmail.com

Check out upcoming opportunities to help with the garden on the calendar page.