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Gardening and Health

How Do Gardens Impact Our Health?

Gardens often serve as a green oasis in urban areas. They provide rest and recreation for gardeners and passersby. Food gardens supply fresh, healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We know that gardens directly impact our health, but how? Numerous studies prove that the health benefits related to visiting, viewing and playing in “green settings” have a positive impact on children and adults. Studies have shown that the presence of green space is linked to benefits such as recovery from mental fatigue, stress reduction, neighborhood social cohesion, reductions in crime, violence, and aggression, reduced morbidity in multiple disease categories, and better self-reported health...



SFC Fathers

A Conversation With Two SFC Fathers

SFC would like to honor all fathers on this Father’s Day, and thought we’d start with those close to home. Matt Macioge, SFC Farmers’ Market Operations Manager, and Evan Driscoll, Farm Direct Projects Manager posed a few questions to each other, and share their perspectives on their work and their families in their responses. We invite you to get to know Matt and Evan, and to wish them a Happy Father’s Day. And, to all dads, we hope you have a very Happy Father’s Day, as well, and that your day is full of growing, sharing, and preparing healthy local food! 



Cooking with Cancer

Cooking With Cancer

Individuals who are experiencing or have previously experienced cancer can be overwhelmed with long lists of things they can’t eat. On June 3, SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® program delivered a free two-hour cooking and nutrition class to Community Action’s Spanish-speaking cancer support group in Kyle. There were lots of questions about food during and after cancer treatment: “Can I eat rice?”, “Can I still make mole?”, “Do I have to buy everything organic?”. The cancer experience is stressful already without being told to completely change your diet, and dealing with changes in appetite and taste as a result of treatment makes eating even more complicated. The class was open to...



SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment on Good Day Austin Joe Eifler with Tipsy Texan made a summer sour featuring tomatoes.

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 »



Farm Camp at Green Gate Farms
Spots are still available for Green Gate Farms Weeklong Farm Camps. Children ages 5-15 get to spend a full week on the farm during June or July! Campers experience all aspects of a diversified farm, from growing organic vegetables to caring for livestock. Discounts available if you register the week of June 22nd or June 29. 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 »








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