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Garden Field Trips

Summer Camp Field Trips to the SFC Teaching Garden

Summer is here! School is out, and kids are looking for their next adventure! Here at SFC, we are hosting fourteen different summer camp field trips in our Teaching Garden and Teaching Kitchen. Grow Local wants to share some of the activities that children will experience in the Teaching Garden as a part of these summer field trips, as well as how to get your children involved with the joint SFC and Creative Action summer camp. This summer, children ranging from kindergarten to high school will be exploring the...



Farmer Rain Relief

Rain Relief

The sun is back to shining its typical face that we see this time of year in Central Texas, but despite the relief the recent rains offered to some, many farmers in our area are facing a slow recovery. Those of us who were not negatively impacted by the recent floods in our area could be thinking of “rain relief” as the reason our lakes are so nicely higher than they’ve been in years, why the Greenbelt is flowing beautifully and has more swimming spots, why our home gardens are doing so well, why the vegetation around us is booming with new growth, and so on with the positive impacts. It can be difficult to keep in mind the negative impact that our May record rains have had on so many people in our community and those immediately around us, and how those aches will be felt for some time to come....




Discovering Fennel in SFC The Happy Kitchen "202" Class

On Tuesday night, SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® finished the spring “202” series. The 202 series is a follow-up series for past participants in any of The Happy Kitchen’s free six-week community classes. This series features a different local, seasonal produce item each week, and we use each item two ways. For this series, we partnered with Farmshare Austin. Each week, they would suggest a different seasonal produce item for us to feature (beets, green garlic, radicchio, etc.) and then deliver enough produce for the cooking demo and for each participant to take home. I was a nervous when the recommendation for the fourth class was fennel. Fennel has a strong flavor, similar to anise or



SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment on Good Day Austin Lauren Petrowski went over to South 1st Street and joined Chef Scotty Szekretar of Sway in the kitchen to make his version of a Thai breakfast.

We're Hiring! SFC's The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® Kitchen Coordinator
SFC's The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® (THK) is Sustainable Food Center’s cooking and nutrition education program. THK offers free classes to communities at high risk for diet-related disease as well as fee-based classes for the general public. SFC is looking for an energetic, experienced culinary professional to work with a dynamic team to oversee its teaching kitchen, generate rental revenue and provide program support. Learn more »

Free Class: How to Avoid the Top 10 Gardening Mistakes
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:00am at Natural Gardener. Katie Pace, SFC's Grow Local Education Coordinator, will present, "How to Avoid the Top 10 Gardening Mistakes." New gardeners are often discouraged by the myriad unexpected challenges - or failures - that occur in a vegetable garden. Katie will teach us all about what problems to expect and how to avoid them. Learn more »

Fed Up Film Screening
Join SFC’s The Happy Kitchen facilitator, Anne Winckler, and her husband, Jay, for a screening of the documentary Fed Up on Friday, June 12th from 6-8 PM at Sustainable Food Center. The movie will begin at 6 and will be followed by a brief discussion. Doors open at 5:30. Learn more »



How to Help Local Farms Devastated by Floods
In the week since the Memorial Day floods, several local farms have assembled fundraisers or volunteer days to try to get their fields, barns and greenhouses back in shape. Learn More »

Soul Summit: A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power and Food
June 19 - 21, 2015. To commemorate Juneteenth and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, scholars, researchers, students, journalists, authors, restaurateurs, farmers, chefs, activists and anyone interested in exploring issues of race, cultural identity and power imbalance through the lens of food will gather in Austin, Texas, for an historic, first-ever conference dedicated to African American foodways. Learn More »

Free Composting Class
June 17th at SFC Farmer's Market at The Triangle. This class is part of the City of Austin's Home Composting Rebate Program. Austin residents who pay the Clean Community Fee on their utility bill qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. Simply attend a composting class, then apply! Learn More »








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