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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Programs and Departments
Provides food gardening resources, education, and support.
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 for teachers through our Garden Leadership Training held twice a year.
Supports local farmers and connects them to you.
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!
Both SFC Farmers’ Markets are producer-only, which means that farmers may only sell what they grow, and other vendors can only sell products that they themselves produce. This is our assurance to our customers that they are supporting local farmers and are purchasing the best food for themselves and their families.
Provides healthy cooking and nutrition classes to all Central Texas residents.
The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® 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 in communities facing health disparities.
Strives to make healthy, local food affordable for all.
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), through the Fresh for Less program, we offer fresh, affordable, convenient, and nutritious food from local Austin farms at reduced prices, making it more affordable than a traditional farmers’ market.