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We love Community Gardens!

Our Top 11 Reasons to Love Community Gardens

...and to support community gardening in Austin!

A community garden is a piece of land, either public or private, that is collaboratively managed by a group of people who use it to grow food for themselves or others. Most community gardens divide the space into individual “plots” managed by garden members, though many instead garden the entire area collectively and share or donate the harvest. In Austin, there are currently 53 community gardens on public (city, county, and state) as well as private (congregation, school, private residential) land. The largest and oldest garden, Sunshine Community Garden, is four acres with 150 individual plots, serving more than 200 gardeners. Tour a few community gardens and you’ll find that each one has a distinct organizational structure and personality. Every garden brings enormous benefits to its participants. So what's to love about community gardens? Read on and find out our top 11 reasons why we love community gardens.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. July 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Happy Goats, Happy Cheese:  Bee Tree Farm and Dairy will be starting at our Downtown market this Saturday, bringing honey chipotle chevre, briney feta, and halloumi a grillable goat cheese!
  • Summer Veggie Bounty: Stop by B5 Farm and say hi to Jamie while picking up some cucumbers, peppers, basil, eggplants and the late season tomatoes!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. July 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Nature’s Bounty: Come see John Engel at Engel Farms for overflowing baskets of tomatoes, squash, Brussel sprouts and more!
  • Bubbling up: Do your gut some good and pick up a jar of fermented sauerkraut or kimchi at Boulanger this weekend! Try the Sauerkraut “pickle” jerky for a zing on salads, eggs, potatoes and more!.

SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle, Wed. July 26th from 3pm-7pm:

  • Home on the Range: Up your weeknight dinner game with some steaks, roasts and ground beef from Ranger Cattle.

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Homemade Gelato Class with Austin Gelato

Fall 2017 Class Preview
Join us for our Fall 2017 Class Preview event. Learn more about SFC and preview some of our upcoming cooking and gardening classes. Enjoy a 15% discount on all classes you register for during the event! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we visited Chef Louis Ortiz with the Austin Independent School District as he uses fresh veggies to make a dish and talks about healthy eating for students. Watch the video »

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Go Fig or Go Home” with Lick Honest Ice Creams
Lick is donating 100% of proceeds from their "Fromage and Fig" flavor throughout the month of August to SFC! Sharing its commitment to supporting local farms, Lick is giving back to Sustainable Food Center by highlighting an ice cream featuring figs locally sourced from Urban Roots Farm, and truly celebrates the flavors and cultures of Texas. In addition, Lick will be hosting two ice cream making workshops at CRAFT on August 8 and August 22nd at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from the classes will benefit SFC. Learn more »

Wise Rainwater Control for Central Texas
Drought one month, floods the next. Yes, you must be gardening in Central Texas! Join seasoned Travis County Master Gardeners Marian Stasney and Pat Mokry for a free discussion on August 5 about the practical aspects of taming excess rainwater, including functionality, location, construction and maintenance. Learn more »

Farm and Food Leadership Conference
September 24-26th - This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food, as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement. Early bird registration is open until August 15th! Learn more »





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