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Farm Direct

Food is connection.

SFC's Farm Direct promotes access to fresh, healthy food by connecting local farmers with schools, worksites, and food service operations and with Austin shoppers through a network of farmers’ markets. This direct connection between consumer and producer strengthens our local economy, provides environmental benefits, and helps promote the culture of food. We envision a future where everyone in our community sources a significant portion of their food from local farmers and ranchers.

Our weekly SFC Farmers' Markets are vibrant events that connect local growers and shoppers to ensure that local, healthy food gets on your plates at home.

Our direct marketing projects — Farm to Work, Farm to Cafeteria, Farm to School, and Neighborhood Farm Stands — connect local farmers with hospitals, universities, schools, and worksites to provide fresh produce to individuals and institutions and strengthen the local economy.

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Farm to Work is an employee wellness and Farm Direct marketing project that connects local farmers with employees at partner worksites. The program provides farmers with a reliable and economically viable marketing outlet.

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Since 2005, SFC has worked with to connect farmers and other food producers Austin-area hospitals, universities, and other institutions. Our institutional partners are committed to supporting local farms and providing their customers with the freshest seasonal produce available — all locally grown using sustainable methods. Sustainable Food Center (SFC) has served as the vital link between farmers and buyers by coordinating weekly orders and managing delivery, billing, and payment disbursements to farmers. As new businesses formed around local food distribution and as established...

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Food is learning. Farm to School is a key element of Sustainable Food Center's work with school children, which also includes food and nutrition education for students at Austin schools.

SFC has worked through our network of local farmers and with school food service staff to incorporate locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias. This effort improves the sustainability of local farms by providing an additional sales outlet and encourages consumption of fresh and nutritious foods among students.

We work with our network of local farmers and with school...

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School and Community Farm Stands provide a space for families to purchase high-quality, fresh produce at a low cost, directly within in their own neighborhoods. They are situated in familial spaces where people gather and connect. SFC works within our local farmer networks to connect growers to communities where limited access to healthy food has been identified as a concern by residents. Uniquely, Farm Stands are planned in direct collaboration with community members, and are fully operated by community leaders, with logistical support from SFC.

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Farm Direct Projects Farmer Participation Application

If you are a farmer and are interested in participating in any of the SFC Farm Direct projects - Farm to Work, Farm to Cafeteria, Farm to School, or Farm to Family - please fill out our online application »

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See our Farmers Markets