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How to Fertilize Your Garden This Spring

According to experts, most habits follow the same 3-step pattern: “reminder, routine, reward.” If the reward is positive, then it is more likely you will repeat the routine the next time the reminder comes around. Whether you are a new or seasoned gardener, forming a few good gardening habits is important. In order to help you form this gardening habit, we're sharing a quick and dirty overview of several types of organic fertilizers, their benefits, and how to apply them in your garden this spring.

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Farm to Plate On Sale Now!


SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. March 31st from 9am-1pm:

  • Easter Sunday: Smith and Smith Farms is ready to meet all your Easter needs this weekend at the Downtown market with lamb cuts, pork, whole chickens and eggs. Stop by to try some new chicken sausage flavors; Mexican taco style, country style and Italian style. Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh brown eggs!
  • On the Lighter Side: In the mood for something spicy, crunchy, sweet and full of anti-inflammatory agents? Look no further than Marigold Artisanal Granola for small batches of goodness baked right here in the Lonestar State. Always gluten free and vegan, lightly sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with turmeric, goji berries, power seeds nuts to give you a tasty burst of energy. Also try the paleo friendly Morning Glory Cake!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. March 31st from 9am-1pm:

  • Right at Home: Swing by Goodwin Homestead for quality crafts and crops. Madame Goodwin will be at market with the homestead’s best rotating selection of veggies, weavings, and prints!
  • Sweetest Selection: Looking for a sweet treat to get you through the Easter times? Try one of the tongue-tingling treats from Le Renard Patisserie: stroopwafel cookies, thick brownies, macaroons, and more!


Find even more vendor and product listings, what's in season, and who's in or who's out, on our This Week at the Markets webpage »



EarthShare of Texas HEB Tearpad Campaign
March 28 - May 1. In recognition of Earth Day, HEB has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. This means that customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill to support environmental work throughout the State of Texas. When you support EarthShare of Texas, you support the work of over 3 dozen environmental nonprofits in Texas, including SFC! Learn more »

SFC April Tour
April 17, 12-1pm. We invite you to join us for a free, 1-hour tour of our 4-star rated green energy office and community space. We'll take you on a tour of our facility while sharing with you stories of work we do to strengthen our local food system and provide access to healthy, affordable food for all children and adults in Central Texas. RSVP »

Give 5% to Mother Earth
April 20. Austin Give 5% to Mother Earth is a campaign held each year in honor of Earth Day. Austin businesses pledge to donate 5% of their sales on Friday, April 20 to the Give 5 fund, which is then distributed equally to nine nonprofit organizations working to preserve and protect our local environment. So get out there on April 20th, shop at one of the participating businesses, and support SFC and our local environment! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we were thrilled to spend the morning with Chef Sonya Cote of Eden East Austin. Chef prepared smoked duck and sugar peas with radish, beets, and charred leeks and onion sprinkled with sumac. You can try this dish and more at our 11th Annual Farm to Plate benefit on May 9th! Watch the video »

Fundamentals of Healthy Home Cooking



Far View Ranch Chicken Sale
March 31 - April 1. Interested in keeping chickens at home? Visit Far View Ranch this weekend for their chicken sale! They sell healthy, rare types of chickens that would be the perfect addition to your backyard chicken coop. Learn more »

JBG Spring Picnic & 5K Garden Gallop
March 31, 11am-2:30pm. Join Johnson's Backyard Garden for their Annual Spring Picnic and Garden Gallop! This is the best day of the year to see their farm and celebrate Springtime in Austin with your friends and family. The Garden Gallop is a short, 5K (3.1 mile) loop through the farm and is perfect for runners and walkers alike, and is truly the best way to see a working organic farm.  Learn more »

Trowel & Error
April 7, 9:30am-1pm. Mayfield Park will host Trowel & Error, the Spring event that annually attracts gardeners from all over Central Texas to hear experts give time-tested tips for beautiful gardens. Learn more »

9th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour
April 15th, 1-5pm. Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling among the crops, visiting the chickens and rabbits on 4 urban farms mere blocks apart. At each farm, Austin's most notable chefs will offer tastes of their art. Tickets on sale March 20th! Learn more »

Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour
April 21, 10am-4pmThe Funky Chicken Coop Tour®, is an annual self guided tour held each spring on Easter weekend to encourage city residents to raise chickens at home by demonstrating the many ways that chicken coops can be incorporated into urban residences. Many tour hosts demonstrate how to incorporate chickens, and their manure, into a household gardening and composting regimen that results in inexpensive, healthy and sustainable food, even in relatively small spaces. Learn more »

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