Recycling campaign signs

Great idea.

Plenty of these for the taking

[Mike Martinez] has been running Food is Free since founding it in late January, and now he’s asking for old campaign signs to line the edges of garden boxes. They can be dropped off in front of his house at 5608 Joe Sayers Ave.

The group, currently trying to register as a nonprofit, makes free wicking bed gardens, self-contained boxes bordered by plastic with soil on top of gravel or tumbled glass that acts like a natural water table. By watering through a pipe that leads to the rough bottom, Edwards said, the roughly 4-foot square planting boxes only need to be watered once every two to four weeks.

“It helps people that don’t have time, have failed at gardening or they just weren’t interested before to get started with gardening,” [co-founder John VanDeusen Edwards] said.


In Edwards’ backyard, where he also has a small farm and 27 chickens, there are stacks of hundreds of the corrugated plastic signs that lined Austin’s avenues throughout May. The bigger ones are more useful because he can cut them to fit, rather than having to squeeze several in, but Edwards will take them all. The metal used to hold up the signs can be used to make tomato cages, he said.

David Wahlberg’s campaign dropped off a tall stack of the signs, Edwards said, after the lawyer’s win in the Democratic primary for the 167th District judge. “Leffingwell and (Brigid) Shea’s campaigns were both fired up about giving us their signs” as well, he said.

Boy just imagine if Eric Dick had agreed to donate all his campaign signs from last year. They’d be set till the end of the decade. And no, those jokes aren’t going to get old any time soon.

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