Featuring a diverse spectrum of produce that can be grown throughout the year in central Texas, the Homestead Garden area exists to inspire and help instruct those who are interested in learning about sustainable and organic gardening methods. Informative signs along the walking path will help gardeners of all levels learn about specific plants and techniques.
Aquaponics is a creative, exciting and effective way to extend the growing season as well as increase the number of different plants that can be grown. The spacious 30’x88′ greenhouse located next to the Homestead Garden provides a close up look at the workings and details of a functioning aquaponics system. Visitors can see the Pacu fish in their tank, read the informative signs that answer many common questions, view the diagrams that explain the flow of water throughout the system, and walk among the beds of plants that are being nourished by the water circulating from the fish tank.
The livestock area, located behind the Aquaponics Greenhouse, contains several different heritage breeds of poultry. This area is under development as we seek to expand and improve what is available there. We plan to have cow milking demonstrations, as well as horses, goats, and a petting pen area.
The taste, aroma, and healing properties of organically grown fresh and dried herbs have always long been sought after by cooks, florists, natural medicine practitioners and others. This area is planted with a variety of different native herbs and plants. Visitors can learn to identify, take in the aromas, and even sample some of the many plants featured here.
Plant lovers, photography clubs, and others have come to enjoy the variety of landscape installations throughout the Homestead Craft Village that have been developed with native plants and vegetation. Enjoy the landscaping as you walk the various paths and bridges and come away with an appreciation for the vast combinations of foliage that central Texas has to offer.