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Top 11 Reasons to Love Community Gardens

...and to support community gardening in Austin. Sustainable Food Center celebrates our 40th birthday this year. With roots as a community gardening organization, we would like to celebrate SFC’s birthday by recognizing the incredible value community gardens bring to our city. A community garden is a piece of land, either public or private, that is collaboratively managed by a group of people who use it to grow food for themselves or others. Most community gardens divide the space into individual “plots” managed by garden members, though many instead garden the entire area collectively and share or donate the harvest. In Austin, there are currently 53 community gardens on ...



Milagro Farm

Solar Powered Eggs at Milagro Farm

At 5:00 every morning we stumble out of bed, grab our headlamps and start our days. Kris heads out to the pasture to feed our chickens, we’ve lost count at over 3,500 of them now. The low hum of the silo and the loud squawking of bellies that are begging to be fed can be heard throughout our property. Slowly the sun rises revealing all that is only seen by the ears. It all looks a little clearer now and it’s official, the day has begun. We’re farmers. Let’s face it, our lives revolve around the sun. We used to be more aware of...



Foundation Communities

Class Spotlight: Foundation Communities

One of our favorite parts of SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®’s community classes is the amazing groups we get to partner with when they host our classes. This spring, we have been lucky to work with Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Martin Middle School, and Cook Elementary, and we are especially thrilled to be back at Foundation Communities. We just started a series at their Skyline Terrace property, and we recently finished another at their brand new Capital Studios property. Capital Studios is the first new affordable housing community built in the downtown area in over 45 years!



Mamma Jamma Ride Kick-off Party
Join us in MammaJammaVille for MammaRitas, munchies music, and more on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 as the Mamma Jamma Ride celebrates its 7th year of supporting SFC and 8 other local nonprofits helping those with breast cancer. We’ll kick off the 2015 ride season with a party at Bicycle Sport Shop on South Lamar from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Everyone at the party who is registered to ride will be entered in a drawing to win one of 3 Mamma Jamma Ride Jerseys. Must be present to win. If you can’t make the party, you can still register to ride or volunteer at Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
Check out Uchi Chef de Cuisine Michael Castillo when he joined Lauren Petrowski in the kitchen to make roasted pork belly with some kimchi corn bread, pickled green strawberries and simple greens and HausBar Farms flowers. It's the dish they'll be serving tonight at our 8th Annual Farm to Plate!

Thank You Farm Credit Bank
Thank you to our generous Farm to Plate sponsor Farm Credit Bank! Farm Credit Bank is always ready to serve their local, districtwide and nationwide communities. As a cooperative, they follow the Seventh Co-op Principle: concern for community.


Good News for Raw Milk and Small Farmers From the Texas Legislature!
Our good local food bills have passed the House of Representatives! We have just a few weeks to get them through the Senate in order to become law: HB 91, which would expand legal access to raw milk by allowing licensed farmers to sell at farmers’ markets and make delivery arrangements with consumers; and HB 1900, which would provide fair property tax treatment for small farmers, vegetables farmers, and diversified farm. Will you help us keep fighting for our farmers and our food system in this final month of the session? Take Action Now »

Slow Food Tomato Dinner with Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture
On June 9th at 6:30pm at Springdale Farm. Tickets are available here: And, until May 31st the discount code CHEROKEEPURPLE can be used for $15 off the ticket price!







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