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Farm Bill

5 Things You Need to Know About The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is the most important legislation most Americans have never heard of. Passed roughly once every five years, it has a huge impact on farmer livelihoods, how food is grown in our country, and what kinds of foods are grown.

But what is it really, and why should you care? Keep reading for our top 5 things you need to know about the Farm Bill.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Sept 8th from 9am-1pm:

  • Roasted Tea: Lost Pines will be at the Downtown market this weekend with refillable growlers for your light roast tea or sweetened dark roast tea with lemon and basil. Buy a package of loose leaf tea to take home and get a cup for free!
  • Cozy Up: Belle Vie Farms always brings the perfect picnic fare with their jars of charcuterie terrine, pate and rillettes in addition to brightly colored fresh macaron. This week stop in for some duck leg confit and fresh duck eggs! Then bring home organically fed duck meat, pork, bacon, chops and more for dinner all week.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Sept 8th from 9am-1pm:

  • Soothing Scents: New personal aromatherapy inhalers from Medicine Woman! A natural way to cope with common ailments such as hot flashes, anxiety (grounded), breathe free, and more! Essential oils loaded onto organic cotton in a handy to carry pocket or purse inhaler.
  • Paleta’s Galore: The Flores family has been selling popsicles at SFC Farmers’ Markets since 2008 made from only fresh, natural and organic ingredients. Stop by the Sunset Valley market this weekend to cool off with a fresh frozen paleta from Mom & Pops, or some fresh agua fresca for cocktails at home.

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 »



Garden Leadership Training

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Sophie Fitzpatrick, our SFC Kitchen Coordinator, talks about knife skills and other subjects like sharpening them. She also discusses the popular classes she teaches here at SFC. Watch the video »

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 »

Edible Austin Chef Auction
October 4, 6-10pm.The 7th Annual Chef Auction is your chance to bid on dinners designed by your favorite local chefs! Proceeds benefit SFC and Urban Roots. Chef list is live now! Learn more »



Donate Fresh Food for Posada Esperanza
Posada Esperanza, the family shelter of Casa Marianella, needs your help to bring more fresh, wholesome food to their residents. They've created a food calendar where volunteers can sign up to bring some fresh (not packaged or canned) food items to Posada every Wednesday and Friday. Learn more »

6th Annual Farmer as Artist Show
Sept 8, 6-9pm. This show explores connections between farming and creativity. Local Central Texas farmers share photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, poetry, fiber arts, and more! Learn more »

Feeding Their Future
Sept 9, 5-8pm. Help support Fresh Chefs Society’s mission to empower youth in foster care through food at their annual fundraiser. You'll explore a wild and happy array of flavors from Foundation Foods, Launderette Austin, Olamaie, Dos Lunas, and Bespoke food austin, AND the Fresh Chefs Apprentices! 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 »

FARFA Scholarship Opportunity
Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Farm and Food Leadership Conference. The scholarship will cover the ticket for the conference, the Farm Dinner, and a travel stipend of $250. Learn more »

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