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Grand Opening Grow LocalWhen we moved from a cramped and isolated high-rise office building to our light-filled and expansive new property in the Social Profit Village, the adjacent 2.3 acres of East Austin Blackland Prairie soil created an opportunity for us to build the teaching and community garden we envisioned long ago. It is here, as much as within the four walls of our center, that we will create deep roots in our community and. . . Read More »

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Share“Being able to look out our office windows and see the SFC Farmers’ Market East inspires me every Tuesday!” For Michael Hanan, SFC Farmers’ Market Operation Manager, and all of us here at SFC, an SFC Farmers’ Market in our own front yard is a dream come true. Now that we have moved into our new center, we invite our community to come east during mid-week, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a small community farmers’ market. We’re serious about the veggies and fruits on hand here, as well as the other farm products, and quick food and drinks for pick up.. . . Read more »

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PrepareEarly on at SFC, the agency’s founders had an epiphany. At one of the earliest SFC Farmers’ Markets (then Austin Farmers’ Market), a woman stood in line juggling two small kids and a bunch of kale. “Can you tell me how to cook this?” the harried woman asked the grower. It was instantly apparent that we couldn’t create a healthy local food system if people didn’t know what to do with the seasonal fresh ingredients produced by local farmers. Thus, The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® was born. . . Read more »

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SFC Happenings

It was an honor to accept the E. Lee Walker Award for Collaboration at the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Children in Nature Awards Dinner for our Sprouting healthy Kids Program this month.

Become a SFC Key Holder! Help us complete our Community & Teaching Garden where adults and children will learn how to grow their own food and improve their access to fresh fruits & veggies. Your gift, regardless of amount, will make you part of a special group that will enjoy exclusive donor benefits such as an invitation to a private Key Holder celebration and your name on a plaque in the new center. Click here to become a SFC Key Holder today!

Help foster a brighter, healthier future for children in Central Texas by teaching youth to grow their own food. Join us for a free School Garden Leadership Training, and we will teach you how to successfully start and sustain a school food garden. Training is free, but registration is required.

In October, the Double Dollar Incentive Program expands to all SFC Farmers’ Markets! The Double Dollar Incentive Program allows families and individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly food stamps) and Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) fruit and vegetable benefits, to double the dollar amount that they can spend on fruits and vegetables at the East and Sunset Valley markets. Visit our website for more info.

Food Day is October 24th and we are celebrating with a cooking demo at the SFC Farmers’ Market at The Triangle. SNAP! Kitchen will be on hand cooking up a delicious Quinoa Stir Fry with market veggies—stop by for a taste! Find more Food Day events here.

We have a new calendar! Find SFC Farmers’ Markets, SFC events and cooking and gardening classes on our website in one easy-to-navigate calendar. Bookmark it for easy reference!

Austin is the live music AND fresh produce capital of the world! At least we think it is, and SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown is open BOTH weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Oct 5th & 12th)! Free parking will be available. On Oct 5th at noon, we’re giving away 2 three day passes to ACL for the following weekend, but you must be present to win!

Community Events

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Saddle up, let’s ride! The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride raises awareness and much-needed funds for our central Texas neighbors coping with breast cancer. This collaborative event scheduled for October 26th saves and improves lives by supporting SFC, as well as nine other local nonprofit organizations providing supportive services in Central Texas. We hope you’ll consider donating or riding!

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride

Join Urban Roots on Tues, Oct 1st for their annual Seed to Harvest celebration at Malverde to kick-off the start of their new season. Enjoy local appetizers and half price drinks as you mix and mingle with their Board of Directors, Staff, Sponsors and Youth Interns. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Save the date for the Green Corn Fall Festival Sunday, October 27th. You won’t want to miss this gorgeous day of food, music, and community supporting an organization that educates and assists Central Texans in growing organic food gardens.

SXSW Eco, Austin's 3-day sustainability conference, is giving friends of SFC three opportunities to attend. Get a free badge by volunteering for the AMD Green Army, win a badge by applying to the Build a Better Planet Grant Program, or simply register at a special rate of $195 using the coupon: reg-eco-mark11_nt5x9ht676

What if an entire city could feed itself? Join filmmaker David Barrow in pondering the answer to that question at a special screening of his film Farm- City, State at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts on Saturday, October 19th with a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. and film screening at 8 p.m. Admission includes movie, gourmet movie snacks and beverages. Read more »

Mecca Gym and Spa is raising funds to support SFC's mission each month of 2013! In October 5% of all body products sold and in November 5% of all 80min massages sold benefit SFC!

Join thousands from our community on World Food Day as we rally to March Against Monsanto October 12th beginning at 12:30pm in Comal Park, 300 Comal St., followed by a family friendly GMO-free food festival with local and organic vendors at 1:00 at the PanAm Rec Center. Visit the Facebook event for full details.

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