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Building Communities at Community Gardens!

Strengthening Communities Through Community Gardens

Community gardens are well known for providing space for neighbors to grow fresh, healthy food close to home. But beyond improving food access, community gardens provide the space for powerful neighborhood-level social change. When a group of neighbors joins together to organize, build, and manage a community garden, they, bringing an impressive array of benefits to their community. What kinds of benefits? Read on to learn more.



Celebrate Farm to School with us!

October is National Farm to School Month!

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food! Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has...



Connecting people through cooking.

Cooking Up Community at Greater Mount Zion

Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church has been hosting SFC’s The Happy Kitchen community cooking class series since 2008, and their series is consistently among the easiest series to organize and the most satisfying series for participants. This is due almost entirely to the trio of facilitators who lead this class each year, and who also attend Greater Mount Zion. Thanks to their dedication to this series, over 200 participants have taken advantage of these classes. The class is easy to organize because the facilitators, as church members themselves, know their community....



Soups On! Take our Soups Class Oct. 6

Fresh & New at SFC Farmers' Markets
Farmers’ Markets aren’t just for fruits and veggies anymore and no other place proves that better than the four Sustainable Food Center Farmer’s Markets that happen every week. Remember that our Saturday SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley makes its annual one-week move over to the Home Depot on October 3. While there, you’ll want to look out for Hairston Creek Farm out of Burnet, Texas. Their assortment of produce such as squash, elephant garlic, and peppers is sure to please any market goer. Also at SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley, make sure to check out Sway Water-organic, fruit and vegetable infused water bottled in right here in Austin. Also on Saturday, SFC Farmers' Market Downtown has countless options to fulfill all your shopping needs, whether you need leafy greens, natural meats, or a simple sweet treat. Although the ACL shuttle will be operating from Republic Square again this year, it is not expected to create any problems for market shoppers.  Learn more »

Edible Austin Chef Auction
On Thursday, October 8, Edible Austin will host the fourth annual Chef Auction, where guests can bid on unique culinary packages designed by exciting Austin chefs. The event will be held at the historic Allan House from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit SFC and Urban Roots. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, former SFC staff member and founder of Baby Taste Buds, Jessica Burleson, shows us a sampling of how to make your own healthy ‪baby food‬ at home. If you want to learn more, spots are still in available in Jessica's Homemade Baby Food class on Oct. 24th. Watch the video »

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New Farm Institute Garden Teachers' Forum
On Oct. 8th Green Gate Farms will hosting the New Farm Institute for a Garden Teachers' Forum where educators, parents, and supporters can share ideas for curriculum and tips for organizing successful school garden programs. Learn more » 

New Course Offerings at Farmshare Austin
Farmshare Austin is now offering the opportunity to participate in their immersive educational programs on a part time basis. Students interested in learning the ins and outs of commercial organic agriculture production can attend lectures on the farm Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00pm, October through January. For more info email E Ray Gard at or visit







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