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Austin Bats

Austin’s Bat History and the Benefits of Bats to Food Gardeners

Austin, Texas is located in the heart of Mexican free-tailed bats’ summer range. Indeed, the world’s largest Mexican free-tailed roost, estimated to contain over 20 million bats, is less than sixty miles away, in Bracken Cave. The largest urban free-tailed colony is located here in the capital city, beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Like most...



Farm Stand

New Community Farm Stands

As we know (but probably don’t like to admit!), getting to farmers’ markets can sometimes be tough, despite our best intentions. A reality for many Austin families is that between working 2 jobs and raising a family, time can be a real constraint. Shopping trips are carefully budgeted, both time and money-wise and fast food options can many times seem convenient. Nonetheless, community leaders know that access to fresh fruits and vegetables is critical to the health of our families and future generations, and that by working together we can create solutions that work best for the community. In collaboration with SFC, community leaders are organizing weekly farm stands at their site...




A Taste of African Heritage

SFC's The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® is thrilled to be partnering with Oldways: Health through Heritage to offer their series, A Taste of African Heritage, here in our kitchen. Oldways’ mission is to inspire good health through cultural food traditions and lifestyles. Their advertising for A Taste of African Heritage reads, “Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can claim healthy by reclaiming history.” The class highlights healthy ingredients, recipes, and cooking styles that form part of traditional African heritage...



It's CSA Season!
Our local farmers are kicking off their Spring/Summer community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. A CSA is a great way for you to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Check out the CSA's available from our friends Tecolote Farm (the longest running CSA in Austin), Green Gate Farms, Johnson's Backyard Garden, Urban Roots, and more!

Lights. Camera. Help. Reel Change Film Frenzy
SFC has been selected as one of 10 nonprofits to participate in the ‘Reel Change Film Frenzy’. We have been partnered with Under Oath Productions to create a short film about SFC which will premiere on April 19th! Lights.Camera.Help. hopes to raise $10,000 to support the participating filmmakers and help pay for the people and equipment needed to make a great film. Learn more and give today »

SFC's The Happy Kitchen Punchcard Roundup
We love seeing you in the kitchen and can’t wait for all the great classes coming up this spring! Remember to bring your punchcards with you when you come to class. Take 4 classes and get the 5th one FREE! Learn more »

HEB & EarthShare of Texas In-store Campaign
In recognition of Earth Day, SFC's Farm to Plate sponsor H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas (ESTX), and it's member organizations, as the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. Add an ESTX tear-off coupon to your bill at check-out in any Texas H-E-B or Central Market store and your dollars go directly to SFC and other ESTX member organizations. Learn more »

East Austin Garden Fair
On Sat., April 11th, attend this fun, hands-on fair that shows you creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits. Learn more »

East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Spend April 12th strolling vibrant fields of local produce on four neighboring urban farms. At each farm, chefs will provide tastes using the freshest farm ingredients. Learn more »

For the Beauty of the Earth
An Earth Day celebration and concert on April 18th at the St. David's Episcopal Church. Proceeds benefit SFC. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
Check out Chefs James Robert and Zach Hunter from Fixe in our weekly segment on FOX 7's Good Day Austin. The chefs talk about the restaurant's food and showcase some dishes. Tune in next Wednesday for our segment with Chef Rob Snow from Greenhouse Craft Food.

Thank You JP's Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation
As one of our Farm to Plate sponsors, we'd like to say thanks to JP's Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation for their support. JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation invests in charities committed to supporting a sustainable planet.







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