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.
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Grow Local 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. Through Spread the Harvest we offer year-round free gardening resources to qualifying participants. In our Teaching Garden, we offer field trips, as well as host our food gardening classes available to the general public. Our community food gardening classes are offered for free at partner host sites. We also offer free trainings in school garden leadership and community garden leadership.
Farm Direct connects local growers with schools, urban residents, and institutional food service operations work sites in demand of fresh produce through weekly SFC Farmers’ Markets and direct marketing projects, such as Farm to School and Farm to Work. SFC Farmers' Markets are a project of our Farm Direct program. Currently, we host two of the largest weekly farmers' markets in the state of Texas, and hosts more local farmers than anywhere else in Austin!
The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® program is a nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program that nurtures skills in food selection and preparation. We offer free 6-week community cooking and nutrition education classes taught by peer facilitators, affordable cooking classes available to the general public, and private classes and team building experiences.
Our Food Access department supports all three SFC programs by coordinating community engagement efforts across all teams and advancing projects that make healthy food more equitable and accessible to all Austin-area residents. SFC Double Dollars doubles the dollar amount of Lone Star (SNAP), WIC and FMNP Vouchers. This way, families can get more fruits and vegetables at SFC Farmers’ Markets and partner sites. Through our School and Community Farm Stands, hosted in partnership with the City of Austin, Farmshare Austin, and Go Austin!/¡Vamos Austin! (GAVA), we offer fresh, affordable, convenient, and nutritious food from local Austin farms at reduced prices, making it more affordable than a traditional farmers’ market.