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How to Make a Hot Compost Pile

This month is the perfect time to get all of those spring and summer fruits and veggies in the ground tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squashes, and melons. But it’s also the time to get your backyard composting system started. In addition to creating nutrient rich compost to add to your growing plants, starting a compost pile will also keep fruit and vegetable scraps out of the landfill...





Spring Herbs at the SFC Farmers' Markets

Well, spring has finally sprung! The rain and sun have brought an abundance of fresh produce and fruit to the markets. But often forgotten in the mix are the great herbs that our amazing Central Texas farmers produce. It’s the perfect addition to your next family picnic! If you were one of the fortunate few who attended SFC's Grow Local Growing Herbs class or SFC's The Happy Kitchen Savor the Flavor: Cooking with Herbs you already know how great herbs are. Read on for a few quick things to look for at the market to take your picnic to the next level...




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Summer Camp with SFC and Creative Action

Do you know any kids ages 5-9 who are looking for some fun this summer? Send them to camp with us! SFC and our neighbors, Creative Action, are co-hosting a full week of summer camp from August 3-7, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Camp will include all the art, drama, and imagination of a Creative Action camp, plus lots of time in the kitchen and garden to experience how food gets from the farm or garden to our plates. Campers will bring...




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Sustainable Food Center is Hiring!
SFC is recruiting energetic, organized, community-minded, and bi-lingual individuals (Spanish fluency required). The positions include year-round Food Access Coordinator (processing SNAP/DDIP transactions at markets), Seasonal Food Access Coordinators (assist with FMNP distribution at markets during summer), and seasonal Community Engagement Coordinators (interact with DDIP clients at markets to invite them into other programs during peak summer and fall seasons). Learn more »

Lights. Camera. Help. Reel Change Film Frenzy
SFC has been selected as one of 10 nonprofits to participate in the ‘Reel Change Film Frenzy’. We have been partnered with Under Oath Productions to create a short film about SFC which will premiere on April 19th! Lights.Camera.Help. hopes to raise $10,000 to support the participating filmmakers and help pay for the people and equipment needed to make a great film. Learn more and give today »

Sustainable Irrigation with Phoenix Farms
Learn the best ways to water your plants regardless if it's a backyard garden or commercial farming. Topics to be covered will include: how to get the water from your well/faucet to your plants, the pros and cons of different types of watering systems on the market, and how to install and maintain drip tape. Learn more »

Summer Farm Camps at Green Gate Farms
At Farm Camp, children ages 5-15 learn firsthand where their food comes from. Activities include planting, harvesting, and cooking; caring for livestock (rabbits, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, horse,..); presentations from area experts on sustainability; treehouse building and other relevant topics. Learn more »

SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty
Celebrate locally grown & harvested ingredients at the bi-annual SFC Chef Series: Spring Bounty, this Sunday, April 19th at sway. Using meat & produce from the SFC Farmers' Market, the evening's multi-course tasting menu and drink pairings will be prepared by talented chefs from Dai Due, La Condesa, Ramen Tatsu-ya, South Congress Hotel, Southerleigh, sway, and more. Learn more »

Last Brunch at FINO
Our friends at FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar will be closing on April 19th, but they are dedicating their last brunch to benefit SFC. Celebrate 10 years of FINO and help them reach their goal of $3000 in support of our SFC programs. Learn more »

For the Beauty of the Earth
An Earth Day celebration and concert on April 18th at the St. David's Episcopal Church. The community-wide event will begin from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Sumners Hall with a host of environmental activities, from master gardeners to ecological activities and art, delectable food, and more. Then the 40-voice St. David’s Singers and special guest Austin Haller will present a thrilling concert of gospel music, spirituals, Anglican favorites, and environmentally-themed poetry at 4 p.m. in Bethell Hall. Proceeds benefit SFC. Learn more »

Farmgrass Fest
In Neiderwald, Texas, on May 3 at the Simmons Family Farms. Enjoy bluegrass bands including The Gravy Brothers, Whiskey Shivers, The Lost Pines, Fog & Bone and more. Proceeds from Farmgrass Fest 2015 benefit farmers in the Growers Alliance of Central Texas (GroACT) with medical emergency funds. Learn more »

HEB & EarthShare of Texas In-store Campaign
In recognition of Earth Day, SFC's Farm to Plate sponsor H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas (ESTX), and it's member organizations, as the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. Add an ESTX tear-off coupon to your bill at check-out in any Texas H-E-B or Central Market store and your dollars go directly to SFC and other ESTX member organizations. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
Check out Chef Rob Snow and Chef Todd Engle from Greenhouse Craft Food in our weekly segment on FOX 7's Good Day Austin. The chefs talk about the restaurant and make a breakfast dish. Tune in next Wednesday for our segment with Chef Todd Havers from Café Josie.

Thank You Silicon Labs
As one of our Farm to Plate sponsors, we'd like to say thanks to Silicon Labs for their support. Silicon Labs is committed to sharing its success with the community by providing financial and volunteer support for local organizations that have made a difference in improving the quality of life in Austin.








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