SFC & Community Happenings

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Did you know April is National Volunteer Month?

At Sustainable Food Center we rely on the support of our rock star volunteer team!

Volunteers have given a collective 1800+ hours in the past year to support our SFC Farmers’ Markets. Every week about 27 volunteers help keep SFC...

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HB 231 / SB 700: Fair Property Taxes for Small Farmers by Representative Eddie Rodriguez & Senator Judith Zaffirini[1]

  • Currently, counties make it simple for people raising hay, livestock, or...
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Texas Senate Bill 1172 would prevent cities and counties from regulating any seed “in any manner, including planting seed or cultivating plants grown from seed.” The language about “cultivating” means that it’s not just about the seeds themselves, but the things the farmers use to grow the...

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We are thrilled to be in our fourth year of partnership with the Junior League of Austin (JLA). This relationship places hard-working Junior League volunteers at our largest outward facing program - SFC Farmers’...

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The SFC Double Dollars program is the first of its kind in Texas. This Sustainable Food Center program started at one of our weekly markets in 2012, where we offered a dollar for dollar match for SNAP, WIC and Farmers’ Market...

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As 2016 came to a close, we here at Sustainable Food Center reflected on the year behind us and the changes that lie ahead. We are looking forward to a year of renewed resolve as we all come together in our work to grow a sustainable and just local food system that benefits us all.

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Sustainable Food Center is a longtime sponsor of the annual Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Conference, and is proud to announce the availability of Texas Farm to School Round Up Farmer Scholarships to attend the 2017 pre-conference Farm to School workshop and the two day...

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Right now, all across Austin, there are children who are struggling. Many live in areas without safe outdoor space or access to healthy fruits and veggies.

Without these things, kids are unhealthy and lack the ability to develop the skills they need to feel strong and...

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The holiday season is here, which means it's time to start shopping! But the holidays don't mean you have to fight the frenzy at your local department or grocery store. There are many ways to keep your holiday gatherings, gifts and meals sustainable. Check out these ideas for how you can have a...

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Millennials are quickly finding their niche in the agricultural field; whether it be as farmers, communicators, leaders, teachers, motivators. This group of individuals contains the largest cohort who have lived in an almost entirely digital age, while also being the most educated and diverse...

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This past Sunday, we held our Annual Appreciation Event at Sustainable Food Center, where we celebrated the support that our incredible facilitators, Farm to School Ambassadors, board members, and volunteers provides us. Despite our different backgrounds, our community was formed through our...

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SFC has entered into its second year of partnership with the Texas Episcopal Service Corps. SFC has the pleasure of hosting a fellow for 11 months of service. Texas...

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October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education...

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Sustainable Food Center is a longtime sponsor of the annual Food and Farm Leadership Conference, and has been involved in Farm to School programming since 2006 with the development of our Sprouting Healthy Kids program. SFC was pleased to announce the availability of Texas Farm...

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Join us for one or all of these special evenings featuring Austin’s finest chefs in the SFC Teaching Kitchen. Each chef will prepare a delicious and locally-sourced meal while also teaching about technique, sourcing and flavors. Each of these events promises to be an unforgettable and intimate...

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Another school year is underway for all AISD students and staff, which means another year of Farm to School – and we need your help!

We are very excited about our growing efforts with the AISD Food and Nutrition Services team to help procure and promote healthy, local fruits and...

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On March 3, 2016, City Council passed Resolution 20160303-020, which directed the City Manager to 1) develop recommendations for improving access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, and 2) provide a status update on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment, as well as...

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“When we acknowledge that racial inequity exists in our community and involves us all, we can strive to ensure that, first, our work does not perpetuate racial inequity, and second, that our work instead helps to build a more racially equitable community.”- Sari Albornoz, Grow Local Program...

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September 24, 2016 marks the 8th year of the Mamma Jamma Ride. The Ride raises much needed funds for our agency and eight other local non-profits dedicated to helping Central Texans coping with breast cancer. Some...

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This past Sunday, we celebrated the many amazing people who make our programming possible, from the volunteers who staff our information booths at markets to the ambassadors who bring local food to schools, the interns who assist with summer camps, the facilitators who teach our...

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In honor of National Volunteer Week we want to say “thank you” to our volunteer team. With you we have accomplished wonderful things!

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April is a big month of activity for us here at SFC. We have a lot of exciting events coming up that you can participate in to help support all of our community programs. From celebrations of local food & beer to a picnic for the kids, we've got something for everyone nearly every week this...

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The Sustainable Food Center invites you to participate in The Healthy Community Food Systems training module. This online training course introduces communities to improvements in the way they grow, share, and prepare food.

There is little wide-spread knowledge about the food system and...

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SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® promotes food justice and access to healthy food by training community members to lead classes within their own communities, like Greater Mt. Zion Church, who has hosted classes since 2008. Read on to learn why many participants sign up for our...

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Imagine you are a parent desperately wanting to provide healthy food for your family. You must have the time, money, and transportation to purchase food to put on your table at home.

Some of us take these resources for granted, but many of our neighbors experience barriers to buying...

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As the season for giving thanks is upon us, we want to say thank you to all our friends for your support of local, healthy and sustainable food. Your interest and dedication to the good food movement helps build a healthier future for everyone in our community, and benefits our programs in...

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What makes up a great farmers’ market? Farmers, ranchers, fresh veggies, live music, and don’t forget volunteers! About 40% of our volunteer team give their time to support your SFC Farmers’ Markets. With a total of more than 700 volunteer hours in the past year, our market volunteers are a...

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From our classes and trainings to Spread the Harvest and the Teaching Garden, all of SFC's Grow Local programs depend on the work, support and insight of volunteers. Each planting season, SFC's Grow Local offers free, introductory food gardening classes at apartment complexes, schools, community...

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Blanca Zelaya has been volunteering with SFC for five years. Since we moved into our building two years ago, she has been an active addition as a Kitchen Assistant Volunteer. Read on to learn more about what inspires Blanca to volunteer--

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The message is simple; the call to action is embedded right there in the logo – Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Texas. Chances are good that you’ll begin spotting this image printed on banners and cards, shared through social media and even popping up on your mobile device very soon. The Buy Fresh...

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Food Day falls on October 24th each year, and while we’ll definitely be taking advantage of the opportunity to celebrate real food, we also want families to be able to celebrate real food every day. Just because you’re extra thankful on Thanksgiving doesn’t...

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This week, we’d like to share a food story from the neighborhood. In 2014, Kealing Middle School students embarked on a Neighborhood Stories Project (NSP) to get to know long-time residents in the Kealing area. The project started because of the Kealing school garden and its wide-reaching impact...

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Here at SFC, we love our work with kids. By promoting Farm to School, cafeteria orders at local schools, we see kids connecting with their food in new and different ways all the time. Sometimes, farmers...

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Whether you are coordinating plans for a corporate event or just extra special night with friends and family check out our space here at Sustainable Food Center.

Our fully functional commercial kitchen is perfect for self-catered holiday get-togethers, birthday parties,...

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Holidays are time to celebrate! Make this year’s holiday party memorable by having it at Sustainable Food Center.

Our fully functional commercial kitchen is perfect for self-catered holiday get-togethers, birthday parties,...

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October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education...

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The much politicized nutrition standards for school meals are deemed by some to be overreaching and ineffective, while proponents see them as meaningful goals that promote healthy lifestyles. One perspective is that the school lunchroom serves as another classroom on campus, with food and...

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Photo sourced from: https://whydyoueatthat.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/day-15-mole-poblano-de-guajolote/

On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a criollo...

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Council Member Ora Houston has proposed re-instating the previous rates for Temporary Food Establishment permits. This would more than triple the cost ($35 to $96) to host or participate in a not-for-profit organized or fundraising event with food. Please...

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Olivia Cason is beginning her sophomore year at St. Edward’s University and completed a summer internship with SFC as part of a partnership between St. Edward’s and H-E-B. In an earlier blog, Olivia...

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September 26, 2015 marks the 7th year of the Mamma Jamma Ride, and for 7 years, Sustainable Food Center has been a beneficiary of this wonderful event. The Ride raises...

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We had a wonderful week co-hosting summer camp with our neighbors at Creative Action, and we’re pretty sure the campers had as much fun as we did.

With SFC’s Grow Local and Farm Direct programs, they built trellises in the garden, visited the SFC...

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This summer marked our second year of half-day SFC field trips for local summer camps. We hosted 13 field trips (up one from last year!), and we were extra excited to be able to offer additional field trip scholarships this year. This year, seven of the field trips were from camps who serve...

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Join us in welcoming Sophie Fitzpatrick to SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®! It’s been two years since SFC moved into its headquarters in Central East Austin, and given the increase in cooking classes...

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For weeks now, the courtyard in front of the SFC office has been abuzz with the fun sounds and sights of kids participating in various summer camps. Some of these camps are visiting us for the half day...

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Here at Sustainable Food Center, we know that food inspires and transforms lives. To honor those experiences, we are collecting food stories from folks around the community. In celebration of learning, healing and inspiring, here is Jasmine’s story:

Jasmine grew up in the Northeast with...

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To all of the graduating students at University of Texas Austin and beyond, we wish you a happy graduation and best wishes on your future plans. We hope you will find a fulfilling next endeavor! For those of you who are interested in a job related to sustainable food systems, we want to...

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Our very own SFC Farmers' Market Director, Suzanne Santos, was featured in the Austin-American Statesman. The article explores Suzanne's life, her work, and her passion for sustainability.

Suzanne will be retiring from SFC this year, and we will miss her greatly. If you would like to learn...

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Do you know any kids ages 5-9 who are looking for some fun this summer? Send them to camp with us!

SFC and our neighbors, Creative Action, are co-hosting a full week of summer camp from August 3-7, 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

Camp will include all the...

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We love seeing you in the kitchen and can’t wait for all the great classes coming up this spring! Remember to bring your punchcards to class with you when you come. What is a punchcard you ask? A punchcard is your ticket to a free cooking class with SFC's The Happy Kitchen*. If your punchcard is...

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Here at Sustainable Food Center, we know that food inspires and transforms lives. In the spirit of honoring those experiences, we are collecting food stories from folks around the community. In celebration of spring, fresh vegetables, and new beginnings, here is Justin’s story:

Justin was...

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The Happy Kitchen, and SFC as a whole, is truly grateful to have the support of so many wonderful volunteers. Volunteer help staff the farmers’ markets, assist during cooking classes, work in the garden, lead SFC activities at health fairs, and so much more.

One of our recent rock star...

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We're pleased to announce an exciting new project being developed by our friends at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center....

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We’re shakin’ and movin’ at our new home for the SFC Farmers’ Market East this Tuesday, March 3rd, to the beat of Choctaw Wildfire, a ‘must see’ Austin trio consisting of piano, upright bass and drums with honky tonk tunes that can...

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SFC and our new neighbors, Creative Action, are calling all kids ages 5-9 to join us for a week of summer fun from August 3-7!

Camp will include all the art, drama, and imagination of a Creative Action camp, plus lots of time in the kitchen and...

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We are pleased to share some exciting news with you about a new partnership that we have established with First Connect Insurance Services. First Connect is an Austin-based auto insurance provider with a mission to give back to...

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Access to fresh, healthy food is a basic human right. But for thousands of individuals like Marquel, being able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables is just out of reach.

SFC’s Double Dollar Incentive Program (DDIP) allows families like Marquel’s to visit SFC Farmers’ Markets and double...

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As we gear up for another Mamma Jamma Ride on Sept 27, 2014, we wanted to share why it’s so important to us to partner with this amazing organization. The ride raises much needed funds for our agency and nine other local non-profits...

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. This year, as part of Food Day in Austin, the City of Austin’s...

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SFC issued the September 2014 Golden Trowel Award to Simone Benz, Community Outreach Coordinator. Simone also serves as Food Sector Manager with the GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin(GAVA) place-based health initiative, of which SFC is a...

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SFC issues its Golden Trowel Award to staff members who "dig deep" to make the mission happen, going above and beyond, exceeding a goal, meeting extreme challenges, or demonstrating our core values in an exemplary way. Ronda Rutledge, SFC Executive Director, first received this award from our...

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One of the many perks of having a kitchen of our own is that we can now invite participants in the free six-week community classes to join us at SFC for follow-up classes. On June 25th, we hosted our third knife skills class just for past participants in the series. Unlike the series, these...

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Grow Local gardeners spent a recent Saturday morning getting their hands dirty in the SFC Teaching Garden and learning about water conservation techniques for home gardens. Because we are in a drought, water-saving practices are important in every aspect of our daily lives, whether we’re...

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Seventeen years ago, Alice Waters took a closer look at the neglected schoolyard she passed every day in Berkeley, California. In an interview in the local newspaper, she remarked that it looked like no one cared about it. The school’s principal, Neil Smith, read these words about Martin Luther...

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On Earth Day, SFC celebrated the official Grand Opening of the St. David's Foundation Community Garden and JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Teaching Garden. From a seed of an idea, thanks to the generosity and support of St. David's Foundation, John Paul DeJoria and JP's Peace, Love &...

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Let’s work together to change our food system—one community at a time!

Interested in bringing Grow Local, Farm Direct, The Happy Kitchen, or Sprouting Healthy Kids to your community? Sustainable Food Center announces our Program Replication Training, to be held in June in Austin,...

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At this year's Farm to Plate, in The Land of Green, the best-of-the best from Austin’s culinary world will be serving up tastes and samples of creations inspired by the local, seasonal abundance from our farming and...

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In the US, the Farm Bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government, and includes legislation on a wide swath of food-related items, including food assistance benefits and subsidies for corporate farmers growing commodity crops. The bill is reviewed, debated and...

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Tara Fisher-Muñoz arrived at SFC's grand opening already buzzing with excitement. With infectious enthusiasm, she introduced herself to Grow Local Teaching Garden Coordinator Ellen Orabone, eager to share stories about a new program she's involved in at Wells Branch Elementary. Tara, a parent...

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This year saw 642 active volunteers at Sustainable Food Center. That’s right. SIX HUNDRED AND FOURTY TWO volunteers donated their time to being in the office, at the SFC Farmers’ Markets, conducting nutritional demonstrations, and so much more.

How do we recognize these amazing folks? We...

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The Code and Metrics working group of the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board worked long and hard to advocate for urban agriculture. I want to thank both Paula McDermott, who chaired the board during this important time as well as Katherine Nicely, who co-chaired the working...

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Something powerful happens when women get together in the kitchen. They share resources, skills, and stories, and create something more than just what goes on the table. Recently, facilitators from The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® were joined in the SFC kitchen by members of Les Dames...

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America’s food system is in crisis. Industrial agriculture has caused environmental degradation on a massive scale, and corporations pushing processed foods have encouraged widespread sickness and obesity in children and adults. Every effort should be made to return power over the food system to...

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