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Farm Workers and Food Security

The Hands that Feed Us: Farmworkers, Food Security, and a Fair Wage

Over fifty years ago, in the midst of a nationwide struggle to ensure fair wages and safe working conditions for farmworkers, Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm Workers labor union (UFW), drew attention to a problematic paradox affecting the country’s food system. Farmworkers were responsible for feeding not only the United States but much of the world. Their labor contributed billions of dollars to state economies each year. Despite these facts, most farmworkers earned too little to adequately feed themselves and their families. This paradox persists today. Throughout the...



Volunteer on a Farm!

A Farmer's Work is Never Done

On the upcoming Labor Day, please keep in mind all the work being done to provide fresh, nutritious local food in our community. This is a time to appreciate how hard the farmers and farmworkers toil in the soil, the sun and the rain in order to feed our families. The work is physically demanding and never really ends. A farmer is in the fields during the nicest day and the worst weather, as well. Seasons come and go, but the work is always steady. At the beginning of each season there is soil preparation and seed sowing and transplanting, and then there are the weeds and pests to manage. At peak of season you will find your favorite farmers harvesting the abundance from their fields to bring to the market. At the season’s end they are again preparing the ...



Kitchen Saving Tips

6 Time Saving Tips from SFC's The Happy Kitchen

Let’s be honest. Cooking takes some time. Some may even say it’s laborious, and avoid it. Having spent over 10 years in and out of kitchens, read on for top tips to save you time and effort, whether you’re a wiz kid or a complete novice!



Action Alert!
Council Member Ora Houston has proposed re-instating the previous rates for Temporary Food Establishment permits. This would more than triple the cost ($35 to $96) to host or participate in a not-for-profit organized or fundraising event with food. Please call and email your Council Member and Council Member Houston TODAY to request that not-for-profit and/or fundraising events requiring Temporary Food Establishment permits pay the current rate. Read more »

Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Remember last week’s Grilling Tips article? We suggest revisiting those hints to help plan your meals and menus for the long weekend. As usual, the SFC Farmers' Markets at Sunset Valley and Downtown on Saturday have a great selection of meats – pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and more – plus breads and cheese and plenty of fruits and veggies. The SFC Farmers' Market East on Tuesdays continues to serve as a good spot for a weekday reload on veggies from Johnson's Backyard Garden and Margaret’s Farm as well as treats from Happy Vegan Baker, while Triangle market on Wednesdays offers a good variety of fresh farm produce, meats and eggs, and prepared foods like El Cruz Ranch authentic farm-to-plate meals. Still in season are tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, squash, onions, melons, pears and peaches, with a few early fall crops just a few weeks away. Read more »

Austin Alfrescro
Austin Alfresco is an exclusive food and wine overnight glamping retreat and festival, located on picturesque Carson Creek Ranch near downtown Austin. Featuring meals under the stars prepared by our favorite Texas chefs and food tastings from local Austin artisans. Procees benefit SFC! Learn More »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, Lauren visited with our friend Chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir and made a Texas quail and okra dish. Watch the video »



Commercial Aquaponics Course
September 21st to September 25th, and will be held at Ben and Alysha Godfrey’s Sand Creek Farm in Milam County, Texas. Learn More »

Food+City Challenge Prize
An early stage business startup competition encouraging innovation within the urban food system. Innovators, from across the globe, pitch their businesses and new technologies that will improve how we feed cities around the world to a panel of judges, with awards totalling $50,000! Entry deadline is Oct 15.  Learn More »








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