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Spotlight on Native Bees

It’s the season for fruits in the garden! In Central Texas, warm weather is the time to plant tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, cucumber, okra, and eggplant, among other fruit crops. In order for most of our garden plants to provide us with a successful crop, they (and we!) need help from pollinators. The most famous pollinator is the beloved, industrious European honeybee. But along with the honeybee, a plethora of other creatures offer their pollination services to plants as they busily collect nectar and pollen. Butterflies, moths, bats, beetles, flies, and others are important pollinators. But because they often get overshadowed by the honeybee, this week SFC's Grow Local team would like to shine a light on some of the fascinating and diverse native bees of North America....



Justin Humphrey

Food Story: Justin Humphrey

Here at Sustainable Food Center, we know that food inspires and transforms lives. In the spirit of honoring those experiences, we are collecting food stories from folks around the community. In celebration of spring, fresh vegetables, and new beginnings, here is Justin’s story: Justin was born and raised in Austin on his mom’s cooking. Like many of us, he ate a lot of processed and junk foods as a kid, “I grew up with the mentality that food was a process where you can just go into a line and spend some money and buy it.” When he was in his early twenties, he began to rethink his relationship to food; he was turned off by the industrial...



Kathy Bentz

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Bentz

The Happy Kitchen, and SFC as a whole, is truly grateful to have the support of so many wonderful volunteers. Volunteer help staff the farmers’ markets, assist during cooking classes, work in the garden, lead SFC activities at health fairs, and so much more. One of our recent rock star volunteers is Kathy Bentz. Kathy started volunteering regularly with The Happy Kitchen last fall, and she’s been a tremendous asset to our team. She helps during classes, and provides support for day-to-day operations, like kitchen inventory and shopping for ingredients. She also donates both her time and her insight to larger-scale projects, like establishing workable systems for kitchen management. Read on for an interview with Kathy where she tells us more about her experience with The Happy Kitchen and SFC.



Texas Local Food Bills Need Your Help
Seven great bills that will help local farmers and food producers have been filed -- now we need your voice to get them passed! Click here to learn more »

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 Adrian Lipscombe from Knotty Nice Bakery in our segment on FOX 7's Good Day Austin yesterday. She showed us how to make one of her specialties using strawberries. Click here to watch the video. Be sure to tune in next Wednesday morning - Chefs Andrew Wiseheart and Steven Cak from Gardner will be cooking up something special!







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