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Little Gardener

Tips for Gardening with Children

Jenni Lafferty is a homeschooling mom with five years of experience growing food in East Austin. For the past three years, she has acted as a Grow Local facilitator teaching SFC’s Citizen Gardener classes. Recently, Grow Local asked Jenni to share some tips for how to engage children in food gardening. Read on for her recommendations on how to inspire a child's interest in gardening through hands-on activities from planting to harvest.




Roots Are What It's All About!

Roots are what is all about in January at the SFC Farmers’ Markets! We're talking about actual roots that come from the local farms directly to you at the markets, roots that are our undeniable linkage to food because we need it to thrive, and roots to our community because we gather at markets, family tables, special occasions, and a host of other places to celebrate food all through the year. Roots are also about the heritage and history that our farmers and ranchers bring with them every week to the market...

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Gravy

Slow cookers are handy year-round, but they are never more useful or appreciated than on these cold, short winter days. Which is probably why January is national Slow-Cooker Month! From baked beans to cheesecake, there are so many ways to use your slow-cooker. Here are five ways we love to use ours:

1) Dinner: Simmer a stew, soup or roast all day for a no-fuss dinner that lets you enjoy the last bit of daylight after work...

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Spring Citizen Gardener Classes Announced!
Citizen Gardener offers new gardeners with a unique, holistic introduction to food gardening in Austin, and it inspires gardeners to share their knowledge with their friends, neighbors and communities. Click here for more info and class schedule »

2015: International Year of Soils
To increase awareness and understanding of just how important soil is to the health of humans and ecosystems, the U.N. General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS). And here at SFC, we couldn’t agree more! Read more about 2015IYS »

Food Tank Summit
Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington (GW) University, is hosting the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit on January 21st and 22nd. This two-day event features more than 75 different speakers from the food and agriculture field discussing topics including; food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more. Click here for more info »

Free! 2015 Spring Class Preview Night
Join us for our 2015 class preview night! Register to attend a free preview of one or more of our upcoming cooking and gardening classes, including Knife Skills, Sauce Making, Seed Saving, Water Conservation and more. Enjoy a 15% discount on any classes you register for at the event. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Sign up here »

Farm Aid Texas Drought Summit
Thursday, Jan 29 - prior to TOFGA Annual Conference, in San Antonio. Experts from farm-based organizations will bring farmers, ranchers and service providers together to focus on immediate needs as well as building long-term drought resilience. Click here for more info and scholarship information »

Vote now for your Local Heroes
Support the heroes of our local food community! Vote for your favorite local farm, restaurant, food shop, food artisan, beverage artisan and nonprofit in Edible Austin’s 2015 Local Hero Awards. Winners will be announced in our March/April — Outdoor Issue. Click here to vote now!

Funky Chicken Coop Tour Registration
Are you doing part to keep Austin weird with your very own funky backyard chicken coop? Applications to show off your roost habitat for the 7th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour are available online and the deadline to submit is January 25th. Click here for more info »







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