Located in Austin, Texas and founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. SFC's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
SFC's Grow Local program empowers children and adults to grow their own food by offering the education and resources they need to start and sustain gardens at schools, homes, and areas accessible to neighborhood residents.
SFC's Farm Direct program connects local growers with schools, urban residents, and institutional food service operations worksites in demand of fresh produce through weekly SFC Farmers’ Markets and direct marketing projects, such as farm-to-cafeteria, farm-to-school, and farm-to-work. SFC Farmers' Markets are a project of SFC's Farm Direct program. Currently SFC hosts four of the largest weekly farmers' markets in the state of Texas, and hosts more local farmers than anywhere else in Austin!
SFC's The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® program is a nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program that nurtures skills in food selection and preparation.