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School Garden Trainings

Teachers! Start a Garden - Get Credit Hours

Teachers, do you want to learn how to start a garden and use it as an outdoor classroom? How about strengthening your Central Texas food gardening skills? Our Grow Local program has you covered. We want to help teachers feel confident in their skills to integrate school gardens into the campus environment and use them as a teaching tool.

Throughout the school year, we offer a mix of free and for-fee Garden Leadership Trainings, School Garden Classroom Trainings, and Introduction to Food Gardening classes that any teacher in the Austin area may attend and receive credit hours through AISD! Keep reading for a brief overview of our fall Grow Local classes and trainings, and instructions on how to register.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Aug 25th from 9am-1pm:

  • Dog Days: If you bring your dog to market with you this weekend, you may find yourself led towards Peach Creek Farm’s booth where your pup will most likely get a nibble on their homemade dog treats while you pick out some sausage, pork cutlets or beef. Don’t forget to try the spicy pork chorizo or seasoned breakfast sausage patties!
  • Pfresh Heat: Beba’s Pfresh Salsa manages to capture the season’s freshest taste in every jar of traditional and authentic salsas. Try the hot tomato, loaded with serrano peppers and garlic. For an even bigger kick pick up a jar of the Red Jalapeño, the south of the border style sriracha that goes well on almost everything.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Aug 25th from 9am-1pm:

  • Chill Out: Don’t let this heat knock you down, stay refreshed with an ice cold agua fresca from Mom & Pops! We suggest the cucumber mint lime to stay hydrated, or the pure watermelon to give you a little energy to carry on. Need the strong stuff? Pick up one of their namesake popsicles and stroll the market completely chilled.
  • Local Relief: If you’ve been feeling the sting of allergies lately, check out the 100% local wildflower honey from Round Rock Honey this weekend. Pick up enough for your tea, or pick up a 12lb jug, enough to cure what ails you and make some mead on the side.

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 »



Essential Knife Skills

SFC August Tour
August 27, 12-1pm. Join us for a free, 1-hour lunch and learn style tour of our 4-star rated green energy office and kitchen space. RSVP »

Lick Honest Ice Creams Flavor of the Month
We are pleased to be the beneficiary of the Lick Honest Ice Creams August Flavor of the Month! When you grab a scoop of Fromage & Fig ice cream at any Lick location, all proceeds benefit SFC. Plus, learn how to make delicious ice creams with Lick's very own Chef and Co-Founder Anthony Sobotik. Join him for one of his two upcoming workshops at CRAFT - 100% of proceeds benefit SFC! Learn more »



Volunteers Needed at the Becker Green Classroom
Open House/Information Session on Saturday, August 25, 9am - 12pm at 1701 Briar. The Green Classroom needs volunteers for weekly garden classes in the 10,000 square foot organic garden at Becker Elementary. Volunteer garden teachers and assistants work together to lead a weekly class with the same group of students throughout the school year. Orientation sessions, peer mentoring, a website with project ideas, and a resource library are available to help volunteers plan lessons and activities. They also need volunteers to help with maintenance and watering, garden workdays, technical support, fundraising, and special events. Contact Kathy to learn more »

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest
August 26, 11am-5pm. Get ready to sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods, and enjoy live music! Learn more »

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
September 22. Did you know SFC is one of the beneficiaries of the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride? This is one of the best supported bike rides in Texas—all with the goal of helping those facing breast cancer. The funds we receive support our free cooking & nutrition classes for cancer survivors. Register today! Learn more »

Farm & Food Leadership Conference
October 15-16. 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. Learn more »

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