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Sustainable Food Center


A Note From Our Executive Director, Ronda Rutledge

One of the largest factors in farming and ranching is the weather, with many growers stating that mother nature is the single most important element when it comes to food production. Texas has been hard-hit, with devastating results in the southeast. We are collecting stories, along with our partners, about the destruction of fields, livestock and property so that we can best address the needs of the amazing families that grow food in our network. In this blog post, our Farm Direct team shares some important information for growers affected by Hurricane Harvey. As we get more information, we’ll continue to share.

We’re also part of a larger effort through One Voice Central Texas to respond to the needs of evacuees who are temporarily in Austin as well as other communities. It’s times like this when human service agencies become even more unified by the common value that people come first. While SFC’s work is geared toward helping Central Texans grow, share and prepare healthy local food, we are part of a larger collective and so grateful to have incredible relief agencies who are working their hearts out right now. We want to thank them as well as send messages of resiliency to all those affected by this historic event.

- Ronda Rutledge, Executive Director, Sustainable Food Center



Healthy School Lunches

Back to School with Healthy Lunches

Why are healthy lunches important? Because our children deserve to be healthy, smart, energetic, and to have strong bodies and immune systems. This week, we've got some tips and recommendations to help you plan healthy lunches for your family. We recommend planning meals that are made up of one quarter grains, one quarter protein, and one half fruits and vegetables. These tips also work for people of all ages who are looking to start or maintain a healthy lunch routine.

Keep reading for our top 3 healthy lunch tips, plus our favorite examples of some easy ways to combine all of these nutritious foods into one healthy lunch box.

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Hurricane Harvey Resources for Farmer and Ranchers
To Our Farmers and Ranchers - In the aftermath of last week’s hurricane and flooding, we are trying to sort through and make sense of resources that may be important to you, your family and your business. Visit our blog post for more information, and 2 immediate steps you should take. Learn more »

SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Sept 2nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Crafted with Care: Visit Barbara Gray Leather Goods for hand crafted and hand sewn bags made from American Bison leather. Each piece is one of a kind and comes signed by the artist.
  • New This Week: Susan Amicarella makes tasty smoked pecans that she wildcrafts from nuts she finds in San Saba. Missing something pretty for your table? Corona Violeta Farms has you covered with fresh cut flowers and gorgeous bouquets.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Sept 2nd 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.
  • New This Week: Knight Owls is a small batch, truly home cooked bakery currently making bread, croissants, jams and nut butters from scratch. Stop by and try some local and sustainable baked goods!

SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle, Wed. Sept 6th from 3pm-7pm:

  • Pay It Forward: Josh from Ranger Cattle spent part of this week in Rockport handing out burgers to first responders. Say thanks by stopping by for some ground beef, steaks and roasts of your own at our Triangle or Downtown markets.

Continue Reading This Week at SFC Farmers' Markets »



New Date! Class Preview Event

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 »



Austin Bakes for Harvey
Join Austin Bakes, Crema Bakery & Cafe, and Springdale Farm on Sept. 16th for a bake sale to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief. If you’d like to bake for the sale or volunteer at one of the sale locations, please sign up at austinbakes.com. Bakers of all skill levels are encouraged to pitch in. Learn more »

Fit Kids Fest
Fit Kids Fest is a FREE community event on Sept. 16th at the Long Center filled with fun activities that promote active children and healthy eating. Everyone is invited to come and spend time on the City Terrace and expansive lawn. They’ll have games, demonstrations, food, music and more. Learn more »

Building Green Justice Forum
Huston-Tillotson University will host the fourth annual Building Green Justice Forum on Sept 28th. This year's theme is “Organic Activistology” with a keynote speech by Mustafa Santiago Ali, the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization with the Hip Hop Caucus. 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 »

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. Learn more »





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