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This coming Monday, our nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his role as a chief activist in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. While Dr. King fought to end racial segregation and injustice, SFC finds ourselves in a position to combat food injustice and promote access to healthy food for all. Though what we are advocating for may be different, our fight is rooted in the same search for justice that Dr. King desired to see. And as we look to the New Year, we at SFC find ourselves in a role that will have us supporting food security and access “until the bright days of justice emerge” (King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream.” March on Washington, Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. August 28, 1963).


Everyone has the right to healthy food!

The Right to Healthy Food

Though the civil rights movement is best known for dismantling legal segregation, it had a close relationship with food, for civil rights activists believed that access to healthy food was a human necessity and right. In honor of this Martin Luther King Day, SFC's Grow Local team would like to celebrate and thank the food justice organizers and activists who have taken up the torch of the civil rights movement, honoring and developing the movement’s vision of a just world and using grassroots organizing and community empowerment to create social change.



Food Justice

Cultivating Food Justice at SFC

Food justice means that all people are able to choose healthy, culturally appropriate foods no matter their age, race, ethnicity, income level or where they live. At this moment in Central Texas, universal food access is a goal that we are still working towards. The inequities in our food system, such as limited availability of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables have been a reality for families in Central Texas for far too long. As SFC Deputy Director, Andrew Smiley says, “It’s taken us well over one hundred years to mess up our food system. So, it’s gonna take us a while to fix it.” But, with the involvement of our entire community, we can have a just food system!



Cooking for health and community

Cooking Up Community

SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® promotes food justice and access to healthy food by training community members to lead classes within their own communities, like Greater Mt. Zion Church, who has hosted classes since 2008. Read on to learn why many participants sign up for our free six-week community cooking and nutrition education series.



Free Day of Dance at SFC Farmers' Market Downtown Jan 30

Fresh & New at SFC Farmers' Markets
With warm weather coming up this weekend, it’s the perfect time to visit one of the four SFC Farmers’ Markets and see all that they have to offer. AT SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, make a stop at Kitchen Pride Mushrooms for their wide range of mushroom varieties. They currently have shiitake and baby bella mushrooms and are ready to answer any questions you might have about cooking, storing, or other mushroom specialties.

This past Saturday, we welcomed a new vendor to SFC Famers’ Market Sunset Valley, Yard to Market Co-op. At your next visit to Sunset Valley, make sure to stop by and check out the assortment of produce they have; everything from radishes to purple cauliflower and greens to carrots. Read more »

Become a SFC Farm to School Ambassador
Are you interested in working with Austin area schools to promote healthy, local foods? Become an Ambassador with SFC’s Farm to School program! Learn more »

Do you know you can rent out our community room and kitchen? Book your event here today »


Kids Farmer for a Day Camp
Monday January 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and students get the day off from school. Why not spend the day enjoying the great outdoors and learning about sustainability at Green Gate Farms Farmer for a Day Camp? Learn more »

Vote for your Local Food Heros
Vote for your favorite chef/restaurant, food shop, farm/farmer, food artisan, beverage artisan and nonprofit in Edible Austin’s 2016 Local Hero Awards. Winners will be announced in the 2016 Beverage issue, to be published this May. Vote now through Feb. 15th. Cast your vote »




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