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Brad and Katherine Posing by Tractor

Commitment to caring for our land and feeding our community is what drives Katherine Tanner and Bradley Ottmers, farmers of Hat and Heart Farm. A 6th generation farming family, this pair each have deep roots to Fredericksburg, TX. Bradley was raised on the farm that is now Hat and Heart and strives to apply the lessons he learned from his father and the...

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Johnsons Backyard Garden Green Daikon

It’s 7:00 am on a Saturday morning. Farmers are rolling into the parking lot of the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and unloading their goods onto tables.

Freshly picked bundles of spinach line up next to pastel arrays of radishes and chalkboard signs in the shape of chickens advertise fresh eggs for sale. Everything looks beautiful, tastes amazing, and is sold by small family farmers...

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If there’s one thing we know at SFC, it’s that we are always learning. We are learning about new issues and complexities within our food system. We are learning to adapt to the changing needs of our growing city, and we are learning about the best ways to support our farmers and most effectively increase access to healthy, affordable food. Learning is so intrinsic to who we are as an organization, that we recently set it as one of our...

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Building connections between local farmers and shoppers has been one of the core components of Sustainable Food Center’s mission since our inception. One of the best examples of this work in action has been our Farm to Work project.

Over the last 12 years, we worked hard to build an innovative program that brought healthy, local food directly to employees at local businesses. But as our program has grown and changed, so has the...

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Hand Holding Red Pepper

Healthy food is a human right. No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting a healthy dinner on the table. According to the USDA, last year 11.1% of Americans experienced food insecurity caused by economic, racial and social disparities. That’s a staggering 14.3 million people who do not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.

Here in Austin, these numbers are significantly...

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Our Grow Local program hosted another fun and fruitful Spread the Harvest Resource Giveaway Day on September 19, during which 336 Central Texas gardens—216 low-income household gardens, 94 school gardens, and 26 community and group gardens—received resources to kick off their fall gardening efforts.

The Spread the Harvest project helps Central Texans...

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Hands Passing Yellow Market Dollars

Sustainable Food Center’s bold new vision imagines a Texas where SFC works alongside other leaders to develop a food system that benefits small to mid-size farms while supporting our environment and low-income communities.

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Chopping Veggies

If you haven’t attended one of SFC’s public cooking classes, you’ll want to catch one this fall - before they’re gone!

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Farmer cutting okra from plant

For I have no doubt that it is only on the condition of humility before our Planet that our species will be able to remain in it.” – Wendell Berry

We are at a critical moment in time. We face deep environmental harm, ongoing food insecurity and increasing rates of diet-related disease caused by the industrial food system. But it’s not too late to make a difference. We must act now to protect the health of our...

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Ben Hollander Portrait

Recently, we sat down with Ben Hollander, owner of Casper Fermentables, to learn more about him, his products, and how partnering with Sustainable Food Center has helped his business along the way.

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Last year, our agency invested in outside consultation to help us address the critical issues of farmland loss, east Austin displacement and environmental degradation given Austin’s explosive growth. As a result of this 9-month visioning session, and with input from a large number of our partners, we’re pivoting to focus more upstream to deal with the systemic and policy issues surrounding farm viability and food access and education. We also...

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Lightsey Farms Texas Peaches

The Texas Legislature, which adjourned last week, delivered multiple wins for local agriculture and the fight against food insecurity. Three of our top priorities passed this session. If signed by the Governor, the following reforms will become law:

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B5 Peppers

If you follow food news closely, it seemed as though 2018 was the year of food-borne illness. Between contaminated lettuce, ground beef, burritos and eggs, it seemed like no food items - from grocery stores to fast casual dining - were left safe. After a study was released by Penn State regarding food safety...

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