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Our Commitment to Safety

Updated Wednesday, March 18 at 3:40 pm

At SFC, we’re taking seriously the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community – our staff and volunteers, our partner agencies, and our program participants. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone stays healthy during this rapidly evolving public health situation. We are also concerned about the economic impact on local growers as well as the food access impact for our low-income neighbors.

These are unsettling times, with the potential for our programs, work, and timelines to be disrupted. In an effort to take every precaution and prioritize health and safety, SFC will close our physical office to the public for the next two weeks through March 27th, with our staff working from home, except for participation in essential community activities that are needed to keep farms in business and families nourished by healthy, local food. If you need to contact SFC Staff, please email or call.

SFC Farmers’ Markets Downtown and Sunset Valley are still open every Saturday morning from 9 am-1 pm. At this time, the City of Austin and Travis County are equating farmers' markets in the category of grocery stores and therefore exempt from closure. Double Up Food Bucks is still available at our markets and at the Texas Farmers' Markets.

We remain in communication with the City of Austin regarding any potential for suspension or closure of our markets. We are keeping the community informed about the markets via social media, our newsletter and on our website.

To ensure the safety of our customers, vendors, and staff, we are taking the extra precautions. Please read more here »

Impacts on other SFC Programs:

  • The Happy Kitchen: We are postponing all THK classes.

  • SFC Rental Space: Rental space will remain open for groups of 10 or less.

  • SFC Private Group Cooking Classes: We will continue to book private classes for future dates when the ban on group gatherings is lifted.

  • Intro to Food Gardening Classes: All remaining Intro to Food Gardening classes have been canceled for the season.

  • Spread the Harvest: The Resource Giveaway Day scheduled for March 26th is canceled due to restrictions on large gatherings. Program participants will be notified and given the option to have seeds mailed to them.

  • Reports and Staff Response Times: Please be patient with us as we navigate the impact of this change on our ability to meet anticipated community deadlines and needs. We will do everything in our power to respond as quickly as possible.

To ensure your personal safety, follow the steps recommended by Austin Public Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough with your elbow or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces