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10 Steps to Start a School Garden

Back to School: 10 Steps to Starting a School Garden

We live in an era when many children and adults spend less time in nature and know little about the source of their food and how to make healthy food choices. Children who spend less time outdoors suffer from what is now widely known as “nature deficit disorder,” which results in behavioral problems. What can we do to address these negative health trends? One solution that has been proven to be effective in mitigating the negative outcomes of nature deficit disorder is engaging kids in gardening at school through school gardens.

At SFC, we can attest to the array of positive benefits of learning outdoors in a school garden. Starting a school garden is exciting but can also be overwhelming! Read on to learn our 10 suggested steps to starting a school garden.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Aug 26th from 9am-1pm:

  • Light a Fire: Texas Food Ranch is here for you with their mix of spicy peppers: popping poblanos, tasty Thai red chiles, amorous Anaheim, hopping jalapenos and ab-fab Armenian spicy! Plus RED BELLS are ringing in the late summer. Don't be caught without some colorful flavor and remember, it’s never too late to start your summer pickling.
  • Spread the Love: Fervor Nut Butter has been making raw, soaked, dehydrated and stone ground nut butters for their family for years and now they are sharing it with the Austin community!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Aug 26th from 9am-1pm:

  • Foraged Delights: Party Fowl Farm will have limited amounts of wildcrafted Mustang Grape Jelly and Beautyberry Jelly in addition to their duck eggs, eggplant, okra and amaranth
  • All Natural: Miki Cook of Medicine Woman Herbs will be onsite with homemade tinctures made with Holy Basil, Aloe Vera based sunscreens, Gut Health Tea and a variety of healthy spice blends.

SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle, Wed. Aug 30th from 3pm-7pm:

  • Short n Sweet: Blue Earth Farms is bringing small batch local raw honey to market in the tiniest, cutest bear shaped bottles you have ever seen. As always they will have pastured pork and pastured chicken!

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Fall 2017 Class Preview

We're Hiring!
We are seeking an organized and energetic individual to fill the role of Development and Marketing Coordinator. Applications for this position will be accepted until 5pm September 8th. We are also seeking an intern to support our Grow Local gardening program. Intern applications accepted until the position is filled. Learn more & apply »

SFC On Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with Fox 7 Austin, our Teaching Garden Liz Cardinal talked about native bees and their habitats. She also shared information on our upcoming Intro to Beekeeping class with Two Hives Honey. Watch the video »



Farmer as Artist Show Opening
The Fifth Annual Farmer as Artist show explores connections between farming and creativity! Local Central Texas farmers share photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, poetry, fiber arts, metals, woodworking, etc). Opening reception to be held August 26 at Prizer Arts & Letters Learn more »

Green Gate Farms Fall CSA
There is still time to sign up for Green Gate's Fall CSA, which will run from September 19th to December 16th. You can receive a $25 bag of mixed produce every week, or add on their optional egg and flower bouquets as well! Learn more »

DIY Irrigation Systems
Join PLance.org and Habit for Humanity ReStore for a free one-hour class to teach you how to keep your plants happy and healthy with proper planning, watering techniques, and how to build your own irrigation system out of ReStore materials. Learn more »

Edible Austin Chef Auction
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Edible Austin Chef Auction benefitting Urban Roots and SFC. Held October 5 at The Allan House, the event gives guests the opportunity to bid on exclusive dining packages with notable Austin chefs. Learn more »

"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 SFC by highlighting an ice cream featuring figs locally sourced from Urban Roots Farm. Learn more »

Round Rock Honey 15th Anniversary
We are honored to be the beneficiary of Round Rock Honey Company's 15th Anniversary celebration. They'll be teaming up with local restaurants all month long on special dishes and cocktails featuring their delicious honey. One dollar from each dish or cocktail sold will be donated SFC! 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. Early bird registration has been extended to August 25th. Learn more »





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