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Citizen Gardener

Launching a New Citizen Gardener Certification Program!

Starting this fall, you’ll notice some changes to SFC's Grow Local gardening class offerings. Our Introduction to Food Gardening class formerly known as Citizen Gardener - will continue to offer new gardeners and gardeners new to Central Texas with a holistic, hands-on introduction to organic food growing. Facilitated by expert gardeners, this this two-part class gives participants the knowledge needed to start and sustain a food garden, from choosing a site and building a raised bed to water conservation and organic pest management. In addition to these introductory courses, SFC's Grow Local is offering a number of shorter, intermediate gardening classes that expand on



Cake and Spoon

Melissa Brinckmann and Cake and Spoon

I have tried them all (mostly as I worked for another bakery at the Farmer’s Market) - Chocolate Hazelnut Tort, Frangipane, Pecan, Lemon, assorted Berry flavors, the sweet and the savory, all resting in correct and delicate crusts. The table was covered in small, Euro-Texan treasures. Melissa Brinckmann’s The Cake and Spoon was unique as soon as it arrived, six years ago, at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown in August of 2009. The beginning of a new day at SFC Farmers’ Markets comes in waves; early birds arrive just before the 9:00am bell, and are some of the most educated and demanding shoppers. The Cake and Spoon’s line of adoring and sleepy regulars is there before the...



Weige Knives

Interview with Weige Knives

Weige Knives will be sharpening knives and giving knife tips at the next two Knife Skills classes offered by SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®. They can also be found at SFC’s Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley. We had a chance to talk to founder and owner of Weige Knives, Travis Weige, about the business he started and the knives he crafts.



Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Its National Farmers' Market week! Show your love and support the vendors. Come out and vote for your favorite vendor at SFC Farmers' Market Downtown and SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley this weekend.

Mike Richardson will be selling Richardson's Italian sausage at The Triangle; they are perfect for your grill that night. Fresh fruits and veggies are still a highlight of all markets, with the heat taking a bit of a toll but a strong selection and high quality still available. Of note on Saturday, the SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley offers special spicy pickles from Kubena Farm, popcorn and okra will be at Fruitful Hill, and flavorful San Marzano tomatoes from Hairston Creek. At the SFC Farmers' Market Downtown look for a lengthy list of produce, say ‘hi’ to Swede Farms and try their goat cheeses, and sample the salves from Springfield Farms to soothe your summer skin. Read more »

Become an SFC Farm to School Ambassador
Sustainable Food Center works with schools in the Austin area to promote fresh, local foods in cafeterias and classrooms. SFC will place up to ten Farm to School Ambassadors in the fall 2015 semester to serve as liaisons with our 50 school partners. Learn More »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, Lauren Petrowski visited with Melissa Brinckmann of Cake and Spoon and made pear scones. Watch the video »


Farm Starter at Farmshare Austin
Help our friends at Farmshare Austin grow farmers and secure the future of local, organic food in Central Texas! Farmshare Austin hosts Farmer Starter, an intensive residential course where students live and work on an educational farm in eastern Travis County. Farmshare Austin needs to raise $38,500 to complete their campus and give students the best possible experience when they start this fall. Learn more » 

9th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference
September 25-26: Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply. Connect with others who are passionate about our food system and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year! Learn more »







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