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Norman Elementary

Spotlight on Norman Elementary School Garden Workday

Schools are transient places. Students graduate, taking active parents with them. Teachers and staff also move on to different schools or careers. As folks come and go, so too does gardening knowledge and enthusiasm, and once thriving gardens can rapidly turn into beds of Bermuda grass interspersed with lone, misshapen carrots or a single, sprawling plant of rosemary or sage. Fortunately, with a bit of team work abandoned gardens can be easily revived. Recently, SFC's Grow Local along with members of SFC’s community outreach team collaborated with teachers, parents and staff at Norman Elementary to redesign and restore the school’s garden...



Farm to Plate

Farm to Plate

Thirty local chefs will be helping us celebrate our 40th anniversary year, providing small bites made from locally-sourced ingredients, at our 8th annual Farm to Plate event, Thursday, May 14 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Barr Mansion. Farm to Plate is the only fundraising event in the area focusing exclusively on locally grown and produced food, as well as educating guests about how healthy, humanely raised, sustainably grown, affordable food helps strengthen the food system for all Central Texans. All proceeds benefit our programs, which include four farmers markets, organic food gardening classes, support for area farmers, and cooking classes and nutrition education.



Spring Class Preview Night

Free Spring Class Preview Night

Join us for our Spring 2015 Class Preview Night on March 25 from 5pm-7pm. Learn more about SFC and preview some of our upcoming cooking and gardening classes. Attend a demonstration or come and go as you please. We’ll have some food samples and snacks, and you’ll get a 15% discount on any classes you register for at the event. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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The SFC Farmers' Markets are open!
SXSW is in full swing and we hope you are all out there having fun. Getting around town might be a little more hectic than usual, but that won't keep our farmers away. The SFC Farmers' Market Downtown and Sunset Valley will be business as usual this Saturday morning. Drop by for breakfast and coffee, and don't forget to bring a cooler with you to store your farm fresh veggies in the car before exploring the all excitement buzzing around town.

Introduction to Successful Small Farming
Have you ever wondered, could I make a living as a farmer? What steps do I need to do to fulfill my dream? How do I find land and how many hours do I need to work? These questions and many others will be answered during this 4 hour class at the Teaching Center at Phoenix Farms. Click here for more info »

Introduction to Beekeeping & Harvesting Honey
Join Austin Honey Company for their annual spring Introduction to Beekeeping course beginning March 31st. This intensive course is designed for the person who really wants to learn how to successfully manage their own hive of honeybees year round and how to harvest their own honey. Click here for more info »

East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Spend Sunday afternoon, April 12th, strolling vibrant fields of local produce and visiting with chickens, donkeys, and goats on four neighboring urban farms. At each farm, chefs will provide tastes of their art using the freshest farm ingredients while local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists will offer sips. Click here for more info »

Children's Picnic and Real Food Fair
March 29, 2015 is the Children's Picnic & Real Food Fair presented by Edible Austin, SANDE Youth Project and the French Legation Museum. This free event helps you find great healthy products and ways to introduce your kids to healthy eating and living! They'll have play activities and booths with local artisans, games, tasting, cooking demonstrations, chickens, planting a garden and so much more! Click here for more info »

SFC on Good Day Austin
Check out Chef Isaac Mogannam from Ironwood Icehouse as he joins Lauren Petrowski in the SFC kitchen during our weekly Wednesday morning segment on FOX 7's Good Day Austin. He shows us how to make a kale salad with a honey date vinaigrette dressing as well as a citrus herb potato salad. Be sure to tune in next week for our segment with Knotty Nice Bakery. Click here to watch the video »







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