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Austin's First Soil Kitchen

Healthy soil is the foundation of a successful garden. Thriving gardens grow in soils that are rich in nutrients, organic matter, and microbial life. Beyond soil health, however, soil safety is also an important consideration. This year, Christine Whitney of the City of Austin Brownfields Revitalization Program lead the organization of Austin’s first Soil Kitchen, an event that provided Austin home, school, and community gardeners with the opportunity to test samples of soil from their garden sites for free. Modeled after a similar event in Philadelphia, the 2015 Austin Soil Kitchen took place during the Fusebox Art Festival April 10-12, and was hosted in collaboration with...



Fruit at the Market

Sweet, Sweet Farmers' Market

“Is anyone selling fruit at market today?” Oh, if I had a dollar every time I heard that, I’d be able to buy more than a few pounds of peaches! Why is it that we don’t have more fruit at our market? Between the blink-and-you’ll-miss it strawberry season and the seemingly endless stretch between peach seasons, it can be a little frustrating. However, the amazing thing about our local vendors (all farmers selling at Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Markets are located within 150 miles of Austin), is that the fruit that you buy from our farmers is the freshest -and therefore tastiest- around. Some of those farmers include Hairston Creek, Fruitful Hill, Flintrock and Kubena Farms selling strawberries when they’re in season and Margaret’s Farm selling...



Lauryn Carrillo

Interning at SFC!

During my last semester as a student at Texas A&M University, where I studied Community Health, I collaborated on a group project evaluating SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®. This project introduced me to SFC’s initiatives and led me to want to intern with SFC. At the beginning of this internship, I understood that one of SFC’s main focuses was to help people learn how to prepare healthy meals at an affordable cost. After a month of interning, I have been exposed to and seen many more goals SFC accomplishes for the Austin community. This organization improves the lives of everyone that is involved from its employees to the people of the community they reach out to. SFC is here to build food security, support local farmers, and bring gardening to different communities to sustain a healthy life for all. Being able to actively take part in all of these goals and accomplishments is such a rewarding work experience. SFC has not only challenged me, but has improved my...



Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Do you often wonder what you can expect to find at the SFC Farmers' Markets each week? In our new Fresh & New feature we'll let you know what's available each week, so you can go to the market confident you'll find everything on your grocery list. No matter the week, you can always expect to find meats, eggs, cheese and honey, as well as a variety of prepared foods to eat while you shop.This week expect to find:

Vegetables: squashes, arugula, lettuce, chard, greens, onions, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, potatoes, radishes, fennel, turnips.

Fruit: strawberries, peaches, plums, and blackberries.

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment on Good Day Austin Chef Carlos Ysaguirre of Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile made a seared sirloin with sweet corn okra, country ham and a grit cake.

One Environment. One Simple Way to Care for It.®
EarthShare of Texas represents SFC in workplace payroll contribution plans throughout Texas. For more information about how you can support SFC and other leading environmental groups at your workplace, call 1-800-GREENTX, or visit



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 »

Guest Chef Dinner at Gardner
On June 28th at 6pm, attend a very special dinner hosted by our friends and supporters at Gardner. Chefs Steven Satterfield of Miller Union Atlanta and Andrew Wiseheart will prepare a six course collaborative dinner, including a reception with passed hors d'oeuvres and a menu inspired by Steven's new book, Root to Leaf. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase at the dinner. Learn More & Make a Reservation »








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