2013 Press & Awards

IN SQUEEZEPENNY A SUSTAINABLE FARM NURTURES PEOPLE AS WELL AS CROPS

December 11, 2013

By Dylan Baddour, The Gilmer Mirror

Though sustainable agriculture offers a cleaner alternative to industrial agriculture, high production costs have made its produce relatively unpopular with consumers. “Sustainable farming is limited by demand,” said Elizabeth Winslow, spokeswoman for the Sustainable Food Center, which operates four farmers’ markets in the Austin area and conducts educational programs to spread the word about sustainable farming.

“People are going to have to be willing to pay more for food,” she said. Cheap produce, says Winslow, is the result of “shortcuts” taken by big growers; high prices from sustainable farms reflect higher-quality growing techniques. (READ MORE).

PEOPLE OF THE YEAR: RONDA RUTLEDGE

November 21, 2013

By Leigh Patterson, Tribeza

Eight years ago, she was hired to find a new executive director for Austin’s Sustainable Food Center. Little did she know the perfect candidate would be herself.

“Today is one of those days where, no I haven’t checked my email,” Sustainable Food Center Executive Director Ronda Rutledge says. “Right now, I’m just here trying to find a pen.”

From her desk at the SFC’s new offices, Rutledge is talking about the whirlwind-of-a-six months the organization has had. For one, despite existing in some capacity for nearly 40 years, until June they were the Sustainable Food Center without the center. Now, almost at the end of a $4.5 million project that put the SFC on the literal map, they are back to work from their new building in the Chestnut neighborhood off East MLK and Airport Blvd. “It’s been a dream come true because it puts us right in the middle of our client base, most of which live east of IH-35,” Rutledge says. (READ MORE).

FOOD IS … GROWING, SHARING AND PREPARING

By Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin

Grow. Share. Prepare.That's what Sustainable Food Center of Austin is all about that — cultivating a healthy community in Austin by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.

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TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER FARMERS' MARKETS THAT BRING LOCAL, HEALTHY FOOD TO AUSTIN

November 6, 2013

By Promoted Series Correspondant, CultureMap Austin

Sustainable Food Center operates four of the largest Farmers' Markets in the state of Texas, right here in Austin.

With roots dating back 40 years, SFC is all about cultivating a healthy community by strengthening our local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food in Austin (READ MORE).

A DAY IN THE LIFE AT SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

November 1, 2013

By Promoted Series Correspondant, CultureMap Austin

Food is...inspiration. Life. Connection. Family. Happiness. Heritage. Sharing. Food is community — it has the power to unite, heal and bring joy.

Food is at the heart of everything that Sustainable Food Center does. SFC envisions a food-secure community where everyone has access to healthy, local food raised with care and integrity. The nonprofit organization works to support a robust food system that sustains producers, consumers and our land.. (READ MORE)

SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER FINDS ITS ROOTS IN NEW EAST AUSTIN HOME

October 5, 2013

By Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin

Grow, Share, Prepare. It's the motto of Austin's Sustainable Food Center, and the nonprofit organization that teaches adults and children how to feed themselves with nutritious food finally has grown into its own permanent home. On September 24, SFC celebrated its new East Austin location at 2921 E. 17th Street with a huge grand opening — a move that has been 40 years in the making. (READ MORE)

SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER RELOCATES TO NEW EAST SIDE FACILITY

October 4, 2013

By Stephanie Myers, Austin Post

Dozens of Austinites gathered for a demonstration on making your own plant starter pot out of newspaper last week when Austin’s Sustainable Food Center opened the doors of its new East Side center, inviting the public to get a peek at the kinds of programs that will be available at the new location.

“With a permanent place to call home, SFC is equipped to expand our programs, conduct cooking and nutrition classes in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and host community events from hands-on workshops to film screenings to public forums for change,” said Elizabeth Winslow, SFC communications manager. (READ MORE)

AUSTIN'S SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER READY TO ROOT ITSELF IN NEW HOME

September 17, 2013

by Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal

It took about 40 years, but Austin's Sustainable Food Center finally has a place to permanently call "home," according to KVUE-TV. The nonprofit's mission is to teach kids and adults how to grow and prepare nutritious food in urban gardens... (READ MORE)

AUSTIN'S SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER FINDS NEW HOME

September 16, 2013

by Quita Culpepper, KVUE News

AUSTIN -- It's a major milestone for Austin's Sustainable Food Center. After 40 years, the organization finally has a place to call "home." The center’s mission is to teach kids and adults how to grow and prepare nutritious foods at home and in community gardens across the city. Now the organization is putting down roots in a brand new building in East Austin that will help it continue to grow and thrive... (READ MORE)

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

September 10, 2013

By Lissa Adams, Society for Marketing Professionals Austin

Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is an Austin based non-profit that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. For almost 40 years, the organization has been the Sustainable Food Center without a center, until now. Completed this summer, the new facility serves as a destination point for families and individuals accessing services and participating in community activities. The site is centrally located in East Austin, SFC's target area of services, immediately adjacent to the Capital MetroRail MLK Station. (READ MORE)

THE HAPPY KITCHEN ADDS COOKING CLASSES IN NEW EAST AUSTIN KITCHEN

September 3, 2013

By Addie Broyles, Austin360.com

The Sustainable Food Center’s the Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program has offered free cooking classes to underserved or at-risk Austinites for almost 20 years, and now for the first time, members of the general public can take cooking classes at a new SFC commercial kitchen that will help offset the cost of the free courses.. (READ MORE)

THE LOCAL BUSINESS REPORT AUSTINITES REVEAL THEIR FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESSES

August 14, 2013

by Abby Fraser, The Austin Pheonix

Austinite: Morgan Grubbs. Local Business: The Sustainable Food Center.

The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) was founded in 1993 with the goal of encouraging community participation in the local food system. The SFC strives to connect the citizens of Austin with healthy, local food choices, organic gardening practices, cooking classes, and a deeper knowledge of nutrition. ... (READ MORE)

DOES BETTER ACCESS TO FRESH VEGETABLES MAKE PEOPLE HEALTHIER?

July 10, 2013

By Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. More than three times as many children are obese today compared to a generation ago.

In Central Texas, some of the highest childhood obesity rates can be found in the Southeast Austin neighborhood of Dove Springs. The area has attracted the attention of social scientists who are looking at everything from the built environment, to the number of parks, to the socio-economic demographics, to the availability of healthy food.

It’s that last item – access to fresh produce in particular – that is the focus of an effort by Austin’s Sustainable Food Center. The non-profit has partnered with other groups to set up a temporary produce stand at the Dove Springs Recreation Center for three hours on Wednesdays for part of the summer. (READ MORE)

SFC Social Entrepreneur of 2013 Finalist with the Tingari Silverton Foundation

May 8, 2013

SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER HONORS THE MEREDITH FAMILY WITH FIRST EVER CHANGEMAKERS AWARD

May 7, 2013

By Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin

On May 9, the Sustainable Food Center will present its first-ever Sustainable Food Changemakers Award — a new tradition honoring an individual or group of individuals who have contributed to SFC’s mission. The award, honoring the Meredith Family, will be part of the annual Farm to Plate event, to be held Thursday at the historic Barr Mansion... (READ MORE)

HEALTHY FOOD, HEALTHY CITY

April 22, 2013

By Kate Harrington, L Style, G Style

I had the opportunity to write recently about the Sustainable Food Center and all the exciting changes going on there. As Brenda Thompson, an out board member of SFC pointed out, there’s probably never been a time in Austin’s history when food has been such a huge focus...(READ MORE)

FARM TO PLATE EVENT BENEFITS THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

April 16, 2013

By Aldia Bluewillow, The Latest News from Wheatsville

Celebrate the bounty of spring with Sustainable Food Center at their Farm to Plate annual fundraiser on the lush grounds of historic Barr Mansion, including their beautiful artisan ballroom. Delight your guests with food by over 25 leading Central Texas chefs dedicated to sourcing locally. All proceeds benefit SFC, a nonprofit organization responsible for four weekly farmers markets, organic food gardening classes, a farm to school project called Sprouting Healthy Kids serving one third of AISD schools with plans for expansion to all campuses by 2015, plus interactive cooking classes and nutrition education—all in the Austin area... (READ MORE)

KEEP AUSTIN DELICIOUS

February 12, 2013

By Andrew Knowlton, bonappetit.com

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. (READ MORE)

SFC Awarded 2013 Lee Walker Award for Collaboration from the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and the Children in Nature Collaborative