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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. Sprouting Healthy Kids is began as Sustainable Food Center's farm-to-school and food systems education project. , that incorporated locally grown foods into school cafeterias, provided printed promotional materials, offered awareness activities such as Veggie Sampling activities and Meet the Farmer events, and supported classroom education and afterschool enrichment programs that teach kids about healthy, local food systems. Local food in school cafeterias and other farm-to-school efforts provide access to nutritious food and help build knowledge and relationship with...

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The Farm to Family program is an exciting new program that delivers baskets of farm-fresh, local produce directly to school communities every other week. The program offers parents, teachers, and faculty increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and addresses some key barriers many people face when trying to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets.

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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