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Farm to Plate 2015 Chefs Announced

Individual tickets are now on sale for our 8th Annual Farm to Plate fundraiser! Join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary on May 14th at Barr Mansion. Farm to Plate features 30 acclaimed Austin chefs preparing delicious, locally-sourced bites made from fresh, sustainably grown food. The evening also features the Sustainable Food Changemaker Awards, live music by The Lost Pines, and sips from local beverage artisans.

VIP and General Admission tickets are available for purchase, but quantities are limited - get yours today! All ticket holders will have access to everything the evening has to offer including tastings from all 30 chefs and complimentary breads & spreads during the event program. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy complimentary champagne, upfront farm-to-table seating, and a chance to win a bottle of Patrón Tequila at each VIP table. 50% of ticket prices are tax-deductible. 

Celebrate 40 Years of Local Food & Get Your Tickets Today »»


Earth Day

Happy Earth Week, Earthlings!

In celebration of Earth Day yesterday, we want to say Happy Earth Week! We also want to share ideas for celebrating the environment through gardens: school gardens, community gardens, or home gardens. We encourage good stewardship of the natural resources that sustain our planet and contribute to the health and well-being of our community, such as water, air, soil, and plants. There are infinite benefits to a healthy ecosystem, from flood buffering to climate regulation to water quality. There are many ways to take small steps towards contributing to a healthy planet just by having a garden, and the following actions can make a huge impact...




Storms and Festivals Won't Keep the Fruits and Vegetables Away

It’s been quite the rainy season in Central Texas lately, but that hasn’t stopped the many spring festivals we enjoy here in Austin from taking place or our veggies from growing! While we love the variety of things to do in our bustling city, our many festivals tend to take over our streets and parking spaces making it difficult to get down to the markets at all. If you have found yourself wanting to skip a visit to the SFC Farmers’ Market in favor of a quick trip to the grocery store, read on for few thoughts on why we think the farmers’ markets are always the best place to shop and some tips to help you get there...



Daniela Ochoa

Community Spotlight: Daniela Ochoa

Daniela Ochoa moved to Austin in 2009, and credits her connection to SFC to an introduction to a staff member at a dinner party. She started volunteering and was especially interested in SFC’s garden resources when she realized that her carrots in Texas wouldn’t grow as well as they did where she grew up in central Mexico. She helped start a community garden at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, learned about the local soil and drought, worked with City of Austin’s composting program and completed her Master Gardener certification. She now teaches SFC’s Basic Organic Gardening classes in English and Spanish, and recently translated the updated curriculum to Spanish. While giving presentations on composting, she also connected with the SFC Farmers’ Markets and with SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®. We recently spoke with Daniela about her participation in the recent Happy Kitchen class for cancer patients and caregivers, and her connections to SFC and to good food...



Sustainable Food Center is Hiring!
The SFC Farmers’ Market Coordinator oversees and implements a wide variety of operational, administrative and supervisory tasks in preparation for, during, and after an SFC Farmers’ Market. They are responsible for preparation of all materials prior to market. The coordinator is in charge of the market during normal operations. They are responsible for the post market reports and reconciliation of all SFC related transactions from the day of market. 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 Farm to Plate chef Todd Havers from Café Josie in our weekly segment on FOX 7's Good Day Austin. The chef joins Lauren Petrowski and makes a brisket dish. Tune in next Wednesday for our segment with Chefs Chris Hurley & Jenn Costello from The Bonneville.

Thank You H-E-B
In addition to partnering with us on our free six-week series cooking & nutrition classes and running the EarthShare of Texas tearpad campaign, H-E-B is also a generous sponsor of our 8th Annual Farm to Plate fundraising event. H‑E‑B supports green initiatives through a variety of community partnerships in the hope of providing a better today and a brighter tomorrow.


Fancy Being A Farmer? Join the Tecolote Farm team!
Working at Tecolote Farm provides farm worker interns with the opportunity to observe and actively experience successful small-scale commercial farming. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, physically capable folks who are seriously interested in vegetable production or who want to know about running a successful small agricultural business. Learn More »

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 »

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 »







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