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Soil Health

Build Healthy Soil with Grow Local

Dirt is dead. Soil is different . . . soil is alive! Inhabited by millions and millions of microorganisms that bind clay, sand and silt together, soil forms a crumbly structure that holds water like a sponge and provides a perfect growing medium for plants. Read on for important-to-know facts about healthy soil.

Want more inside dirt on healthy soil? Click here to watch our first “Garden Bites” video with SFC Teaching Garden Coordinator, Ellen Orabone, who will talk a little bit more about soil health and the Classes in the Teaching Garden series.



Lil Sprout

Can You Help Us Find Lil' Sprout?

L'il Sprout has joined our SFC Farmers' Market Crew! We keep losing him, though--he spends the whole day at the market hiding out in a farmer's stall snacking on delicious, healthy fruits and vegetables. In fact, he's so hard to keep track of, that we need your help! Each market day, help us find L'il Sprout--he'll be somewhere different every time. When you find him, tell the farmer, and you'll get bragging rights with an "I Found L'il Sprout" prize sticker! Happy hunting--you never know where he'll turn up next . . .



MPOWERED Youth Cook up Food Justice Stories in the SFC Kitchen

Aaaand . . . Action! This summer, SFC was thrilled to host MPOWERED, a youth program that focuses on Media Literacy, Food Justice, and African American Quality of life. The program engages black youth actively in developing and implementing solutions to health and wellness issues in their community, through creative media. When they asked if they could use the SFC Teaching Kitchen to make a film about food justice, we couldn't say yes fast enough.

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Celebrate 20 years of loving food with Central Market!
On September 25th, join SFC and other Central Market fans for an outdoor buffet dinner and concert with live fire grilling, chef demos, drinks and music by Asleep at the Wheel. More info and tickets here »

Movie Night!
On Friday, September 5th, join Wildflower Church for a free screening of King Corn followed by a panel discussion. More details and RSVP here »

Join THK for a free Cooking After Cancer class series
Beginning September 22nd. Make new friends and learn how to cook foods that heal the body. More info and join here »

Food entrepreneurs—are you up for a challenge?
UT’s Food Lab has $30,000 to give away to the start-ups with the most innovative business plans. Deadline for applying is September 30th. Read more here »

The BIG Give
A quick vote in I Live Here, I Give Here’s Annual BIG Give celebration of philanthropy could help SFC win $10,000! We’ve accomplished so much already in the past year - $10,000 would help us do even more to grow a stronger local food system for our community. If you've ever donated to SFC, click here to vote »

Calling all food bloggers!
The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Byte of Texas Conference will be held September 27-28 and scholarships are available. Applications are due August 31—click here for more details »

Let's talk about cooking!
Come join our Facebook group SFC The Happy Kitchen Happy Cooks ‐ a place to share recipes, tips, kitchen stories, and cooking ideas with each other.

Let your tastebuds travel far and wide!
Join The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas for Tour de Vin on September 18th for a walk-about wine and food tasting, the event features many of Austin’s favorite restaurants and over 80 amazing wines from around the world.The night is complete with a charitable raffle and DJ Horizontal K’s eclectic mix of vintage vinyl. The best part? $20 of each ticket benefits SFC, along with three other local non-profits! More info and tickets here »

Culinary competition, local seasonal food, and celebrity judges?
Sounds like a recipe for fun! Join us at the Texas Chef’s Association Farm to Chef event on Saturday, September 27th and pick a winner for yourself! More info here »

Help kids get growing!
Becker Elementary’s Green Classroom needs volunteers. You can share your expertise or learn about gardening with the students while lending a hand alongside a veteran volunteer. Click here for more info and to connect »







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