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SFC Community GardenTony Martinez and Susan Johnke captured the hearts of Grow Local staff with their passion for cultivating gardening knowledge. After attending Citizen Gardener classes, a seed saving workshop, and stakeholder meetings, the couple’s inspiration became abundantly clear: their quest for healthy living and home gardening is stimulated by their sweet daughter, Mia. Their motivation, although in a small and adorable form, has made their lives full of healthy eating habits and homegrown veggies...

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Farm Bill Info GraphicMeet the new Farm Bill:
In the US, the Farm Bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government, and includes legislation on a wide swath of food-related items, including food assistance benefits and subsidies for corporate farmers growing commodity crops. The bill is reviewed, debated and passed every five years or so. First created during the Great Depression to give assistance to farmers struggling financially from low prices caused by crop excess, the bill allowed farmers to...


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The Happy Kitchen ClassFrom parents with picky kids to people dealing with diet-related disease, participants in The Happy Kitchen cooking classes cover the spectrum when it comes to reasons for taking classes. Some are changing their diets because of health concerns and others are just looking for a better way to feed their family. Some are already cooking and paying attention to nutrition information, and others are just getting started. Here’s what some recent participants had to say:

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SFC Happenings

TODAY! Seed Swap & Potluck! SFC is excited to announce plans for starting a Seed Bank in Austin! We invite you to bring your saved seeds from your gardens and/or a tasty, local dish to share while you mingle with members of the community, and learn about the new seed bank initiative. Even if you don’t currently garden or save your own seeds, we will have a seed saving demo and plenty of resources to get you started! Click here to RSVP »

Start a raised-bed garden in your yard this spring! Sign up for Citizen Gardener, a hands-on gardening course teaching bed-building, bio-intensive gardening, mulching, rainwater harvesting and composting. The next class starts March 15—click here for more details »

Official TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party at SFC. Join us on Mar. 1st to watch a live feed of the 2014 TEDx Manhattan conference "Changing the Way We Eat." Leaders in farming, food service, hunger relief, and food activism will be discussing current challenges in our food system. Between speakers, we'll be hosting live demos and tastings. Lunch, snacks & beverages will be served, courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill and other local vendors. This event is FREE, but please RSVP here »

Essential Knife Skills - Learn the secret of how to to chop, julienne, dice and chiffonade like a pro. You’ll go home with a vegetable bounty ready to make dinner since all your chopping will be done! Click here to register and for more details »

School Garden Leadership Training - Help foster a healthier future by teaching youth to grow their own food. Learn how to successfully start and sustain a school food garden. This workshop is for teachers, parents, and any community members looking to volunteer with school gardens. The class is free. Click here to register »

Market to Table: Vegetables - Get out of your vegetable rut and discover a world of possibilities! In this class we’ll unlock the flavors of roots, shoots, tubers and flowers using seasonal and locally grown produce from the SFC Farmers’ Market. We’ll review essential utensils; choosing, handling and storing fresh vegetables; and basic cooking methods. Sign up here »

Community Events

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Shop for a cause with Wheatsville Wednesdays! Wheatsville Co-op is giving back 1% of their sales every Wednesday in March to benefit Sustainable Food Center.

Mark your calendars for Amplify Austin March 20th-21st and watch our twitter and Facebook feeds for reminders to give to SFC. By changing what and how we eat, we can meet some of our community’s most crucial challenges. Let’s change this food system together!

On Sat., Mar. 1st, TreeFolks is giving away 5-gallon trees for residential roadside planting at Highland Mall. All Austin Energy residential customers are eligible, bring a utility bill or ID to prove residency at tree pick-up. Take a look at the NeighborWoods website for more information about tree types and planting prescriptions.

It’s My Park Day on the first Sat. in March is Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest volunteer event of the year. Volunteer sign-up is open — come out and support our green spaces, including Republic Square, home to the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown!

The Sunshine Community Garden will have its annual fundraising plant sale this Sat., Mar. 1 from 9am - 1pm. They will be selling organic and heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, ornamentals and more! There will also be live music, local artists, vendors and guest speakers. More information here »

The Green Corn Project addresses issues of food security in Central Texas by building organic vegetable gardens at homes, schools, and community centers. During Dig-In events held each spring and fall, volunteers work together with a trained leader and garden recipients to build these gardens. We need folks to help as Dig-In volunteers and Dig-In Leaders on March 8-9 at 8:30am. at 1210 Rosewood Drive. More information here »

The Funky Chicken Coop Tour is coming in April, and volunteers are needed in advance, on the tour day itself, and after the event. Volunteers can help with tour day information, photography & videography, tour material distribution, bicycle ride leaders, and more. Sign up to volunteer here »

Keep your own hive and harvest honey from your backyard! Check out Austin Honey Co.’s 8 session Beginning Beekeeper Class starting March 18th. Raul & Mark will share everything you need to know to be a successful beekeeper!

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