The Rice Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 3:30 PM until 6:30 PM at Entrance 13B off of 5600 Greenbriar Dr. Parking is free. The Rice University Farmers Market supports activities, goods and services that promote community education about the benefits of eating fresh, locally produced food. No cash? Not a problem. The market has tokens that can be purchased with a check and used for purchases with our vendors. If you would like to become a vendor, please check out their Rice Farmers Market Rules and Rice Farmers Market Online Application.
Vegan World Radio is dedicated to telling the story of the vegan revolution that’s saving the animals, the planet, and our health.
Tune in every Tuesday night 8-9 pm on KPFT, 90.1 FM, and online at http://www.kpft.org. You can access the archive of past Vegan World Radio broadcasts at http://www.veganworldradio.org. Vegan World Radio is produced by a group of volunteers. To find out about upcoming programs, visit our Facebook page.
Meet in front of the bathrooms near the parking lot off Eldridge.
Are you looking for a fantastic place to see an amazing array of birds? Join Houston Audubon on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Archbishop Fiorenza Park (Phase 2) between Eldridge and Highway 6 for the chance to see a multitude of species, get a good healthy walk in and enjoy the company of other outdoor loving folks. This park has miles of paved trails, wooded thickets, open grassy areas, large detention ponds with bird islands and much more. It is north of the Westpark Tollway and just north of the original Archbishop Fiorenza Park on Eldridge.
Email Mary Anne Weber at if you’d like to participate.
All About Central City Co-Op
In September 2001, Jennifer Georgantas and Pat Greer dreamed of a community of people joining together each week around healthy, earth-friendly food. This dream became a reality 15 years ago with the founding of Central City Co-Op, Houston’s very first organic co-op.
Organic Produce, Organic Community
Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible.
Everything we carry on our shelves and stock in our shares is either locally, sustainably grown by farmers we know or is nationally-certified USDA organic. Both are great options for you and for our planet!
Central City Co-Op also provides a space for individuals to come together as a community. We support every member of our community in their journey to learn more about where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and how the local economy is impacted by food choices.
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Visit us in every Wednesday inside Kindred Church at 2515 Waugh Drive. Take a tour with a volunteer to see us first hand!
Shop with us in our open market on Wednesday, or pre-order a share on our online store (by 6 pm Sundays for Wednesday pickup).
Non-members can pre-order their first share in person on Wednesday with the members-only 10% discount (one time only). After that, individuals must become a member to receive the discount.
Learn even more about Central City Co-Op in our FAQs.
The Great Plant Switch! From Invasive to Inviting
The last week of February is designated as National Invasive Species Awareness Week. What are some common invasive plant species in the Texas Gulf Coast region? How do these species affect the local environment? Spend the morning visiting with and learning from local plant experts to understand more about the effects of invasive plant species in our public lands and our own backyards. Learn which Texas native plants can be selected to replace invasive species in your garden. The morning includes presentations, educational booths, a make-your-own seed ball station, a Texas native tree giveaway, and breakfast refreshments. Research Scientist Dr. Erin Kinney with Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is excited to share information on HARC’s invasive species guide and website at 9:30 a.m. Kinney will explain how to navigate galvbayinvasives.org and how to use the online tools to familiarize yourself with local invasive species and their impact on our ecosystems. At 11 a.m., Native Prairies Association of Texas director of education Della Barbato presents Nine Natives–nine plants native to the Greater Houston area that are not only beautiful and easy-to-grow but provide benefits for local pollinators and other wildlife. Educational booth hosts include Mercer Botanical Center, Harris County Master Gardeners–a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Native Plant Society of Texas, and HARC. The Texas native tree giveaway is coordinated through the Harris County Precinct 4 Legacy Trees Project.
Meet at Mercer’s East Side Gardens. This is an outdoor event–dress for the weather. For more information, call 713-274-4160.
Celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week by learning about common invasive plant species in the Texas Gulf Coast region and how they affect the local environment. Spend the morning visiting with and learning from local plant experts to understand more about the effects of invasive plant species in our public lands and our own backyards. Learn which Texas native plants can be selected to replace invasive species in your garden.
The morning includes presentations, educational booths, a make-your-own seed ball station, a Texas native tree giveaway hosted by Precinct 4’s Legacy Trees Project, and breakfast refreshments.
Research scientist Erin Kinney with Houston Advanced Research Center will share information on HARC’s invasive species guide and website at 9:30 a.m. Kinney will explain how to navigate galvbayinvasives.org and how to use the online tools to become familiar with local invasive species and their impact on the ecosystems.
Della Barbato, the director of education at the Native Prairies Association of Texas, will present “Nine Natives” at 11 a.m. The discussion will cover nine native plants that are not only beautiful and easy to grow but beneficial for pollinators and wildlife.
Visitors can also explore educational booths provided by the Mercer Botanical Center, Harris County Master Gardeners – a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Native Plant Society of Texas, HARC, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This is a free event offered at Mercer’s East Side Gardens. No registration required. This is an outdoor event–dress for the weather. For more information, call 713-274-4160.
Looking for a place to get your children outdoors? ABNC’s EcoClasses will allow your child to explore, discover and observe (STEM). Join us for some great nature experiences! Check out their website at abnc.org for details or call 713-274-2668 to reserve your spot.
EcoTots are for children 18 months to 36 months with an adult every Friday.
EcoKids are for children ages 3 to 6 every Wednesday and Friday.
EcoSchoolers are for homeschool children ages 7 to 12 every Wednesday and Friday.
The public can enjoy a variety of locally prepared ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods, pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries and at the same time support sustainable food, all amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting. The City Hall Farmers Market features more than 30 vendors (located along both sides of City Hall’s reflection pool), including local fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, roasted coffees, and a variety of prepared meals, as well as food trucks.
Downtown dwellers and employees are encouraged to walk, take Greenlink (the downtown shuttle) or ride a bike via Houston Bike Share. Garage Parking is located at 400 Rusk or metered street parking is available. Note the market is discontinued during the hottest summer, so please check the website for operating dates.
The Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center and the Baytown Nature Center are hosting a free service learning club for high school teens.
Under the supervision of Christina Butcher, Baytown Nature Center Naturalist, and Wetlands Center Education Coordinator, Jina Faith, high school students, who wish to make a difference in the community, make new friends, and/or gain volunteer hours while having fun, meet Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 pm.
Participation in small conservation projects develops teamwork skills and environmental responsibility to enable the students to pick, plan and implement a larger conservation project of their choice.
Environmental Protectors Initiating Change (EPIC) is an afterschool club that meets weekly at the Wetlands Education Center, 1724 Market Street, Baytown to learn about and solve coastal environmental problems through hands-on projects.
For more events in Baytown, TX, visit Baytown’s Activities & Events calendar.
What: Stories, puppets, specimens, songs and more for preschoolers and their caregivers.
When: Every Wednesday at 4pm
This is a free, drop-in program. As a courtesy, please call the Center to let them know if you are coming with a group of 6 or more so that they can be sure to have enough materials on hand for everyone.