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Colleen Dieter

Spotlight on Colleen Dieter
- One of SFC's Grow Local Long-time Facilitators.

Each planting season, experienced Austin gardeners join forces with SFC’s Grow Local program to teach free introductory food gardening classes at schools, shelters, apartment complexes, recreation centers, and places of worship. They bring decades of experience as well as passion, patience and commitment. Colleen Dieter, a professional landscaper and gardener since childhood, has been teaching Grow Local classes for over a decade. On our blog, you can read about her story as well as her advice for new gardeners.



Andrew Smiley

It's All About the Okra
Andrew W. Smiley, SFC Deputy Director Staff Profile

As the focus of SFC Deputy Director Andrew Smiley shifts to more direct involvement in Farm Direct programming, including SFC Farmers’ Markets, we thought it timely to ask a little about his background and interests, and why he wanted to work more closely on this aspect of SFC programming. Andrew says, “It’s all about the okra.” So, here’s a little more detail on the topic, in Andrew’s own words: My parents always a raised a big garden during my childhood in Baton Rouge. So, too, did nearly everyone else in my family. I was expected to help out, and I ...




SFC's The Happy Kitchen Facilitator Appreciation Dinner

On June 22, SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® (THK) Program honored it’s Facilitators at the annual Facilitator Dinner. THK has a roster of 43 Facilitators, who are trained peer leaders from the community who are responsible for leading all of the free classes throughout the Austin area. This past fiscal year, the Facilitators lead a total of 24 six-week series for over 550 individuals, and lead an additional 13 one-time classes for THK class graduates to help folks continue to maintain healthy eating and cooking skills. THK Facilitators are an integral part of the program—without them, THK would not be able to operate! The unofficial theme of the evening was flexibility, as we presented an...



We're Hiring!
We are looking for a dynamic, knowledgeable, organized individual to develop and manage SFC’s Teaching Garden, coordinate and teach gardening classes, and lead other activities at the Teaching Garden. Learn more »

Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Okra abounds this week, and is available at all SFC Farmers’ Markets (see the newsletter article above about its symbolism to one SFC staffer). Other summer favorites are also in abundance, like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, squash, and potatoes. Look for watermelons of all sizes, plus peaches and cantaloupe to round out the summer fruit selection. Beef, pork, poultry and lamb are available at Sunset Valley and Downtown on Saturdays and at the Triangle on Wednesdays, plus ready-to-eat foods. And, refill your produce basket at the SFC Market East, which offers a good selection of veggies from both small and large local farms.

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, Lauren Petrowski visited our friends and SFC Farmers' Market vendor Texas Coffee Traders and learns a little bit about their speciality coffee roasting operation. Watch the video »



Farmshare Austin - Second Annual Farm Raiser
On July 31st Farmshare Austin will host its 2nd annual Farm Raiser at the historic Saengerrunde Hall in downtown Austin. The event will feature square dancing (with lessons first!) and live music, bbq, local vegan and vegetarian delights, and craft beverages. Proceeds benefit Farmshare and the second Farmer Starter program beginning this September. Learn More »

Springdale Farm Fundraiser
July 12th at Cafe Josie, enjoy small bites by chefs from Swift's Attic and Contigo Catering. Beer and wine will be available. All proceeds will go to Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture, which operates at Springdale Farm. Learn More »








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