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Chard Garden

Plan Your Fall Garden

As temperatures cool off in Central Texas, it’s time to get planting in the garden again! As you decide what veggies you’d enjoy growing and eating this fall, you’ll also want to think about how to arrange them in your garden. Read on for a couple of tips on arranging your garden for best sunlight and companion plants to guide you as you plant your fall garden.



Simone Benz

Simone Benz Awarded SFC Golden Trowel

SFC issued the September 2014 Golden Trowel Award to Simone Benz, Community Outreach Coordinator. Simone also serves as Food Sector Manager with the GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) place-based health initiative, of which SFC is a primary partner and leadership team member.

We recognize Simone daily for her contribution of a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, but she is being recognized for this “digging deep” award to honor her pursuit of new knowledge and skills, her boldness in taking on new assignments, her creativity in addressing unique challenges, and her dedication to building strong and meaningful relationships with community members we work with.



Whole Grains

Beyond Oatmeal: Eating Whole Grains for Breakfast

Think eating whole grains at breakfast boils down to two choices: bran-heavy cereal products or oatmeal? Think again! We don't have to rely on the old standbys that live in a special place in the pantry and only come out at breakfast time. Besides being rather ho-hum, processed oatmeal and cereal choices are more often than not loaded with sugar to make them more palate-pleasing, not exactly (ok, not at all) what dietary recommendations to eat more whole grains intended. With a little imagination, though, you can use a variety of whole grains to make hearty, healthy, and satisfying breakfasts that go beyond oatmeal or cold cereal.

Read on for sweet and savory whole grain breakfast ideas that feature some of the whole grains we’ll cook with in our upcoming Kitchen Fundamentals: Cooking with Whole Grains class on September 30th



Springdale Farm Aid
On Sunday, September 28 join ‘Friends of Springdale Farm’ for a sip and stroll fundraiser event on the grounds of Springdale Farm. The all-inclusive ticket features delectable bites from many of Austin’s most celebrated chefs / restaurants, cocktails by Tipsy Texan, craft beer, a silent auction, and live music--proceeds to benefit Springdale Farm. 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 »

Wheatsville Co-op Members: Get Out the Vote!
SFC’s been nominated for consideration as a non-profit partner in Wheatsville’s Community Action Wednesdays. If selected, we’ll receive a portion of the proceeds every Wednesday for a month and get lots of Wheatsville love! Co-op members click here to vote »

Travis County Land and Water Plan
Want to get involved in shaping Travis County’s Land and Water Plan? Complete this survey by October 1st and let our county officials know what you think!

The American Honey Bee Protection Agency
The American Honey Bee Protection Agency is thrilled to announce its partnership with Festival Beach Community Gardens! Come on out on Saturday September 27 from noon until 3 for an old fashioned ribbon cutting ceremony. Check out the garden's new apiary, tour our honey spinning wagon, see bees at work in an observation hive and enjoy live music, honey lemonade and other refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Round Rock Honey Tours and Tastings
Beginning September 30, Round Rock Honey will offer 1-hour factory tours and honey tastings from 6-7 & 7:30-8:30 on Tuesday nights. Ticket price is $20, but you can get FREE tickets on Saturdays when you purchase any size jar of honey at SFC Farmers’ Markets. Click here beginning 9/27 to schedule a tour »

Creative Action Grand Opening
Mark your calendars to welcome our new neighbors Creative Action at their Grand Opening on November 15th from 1:00-4:00. More details here » 







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