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TOFGA Conference 2019

Growing Together: Highlights from the 2019 TOFGA Conference

Last month we sent four staff members to the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) Conference. TOFGA is a statewide non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. Each year TOFGA members, as well as supporters and students, get together for a 3 day conference to share experiences, network and increase their understanding of the current opportunities and challenges around organic agriculture in Texas. Read on for our favorite highlights from this inspiring event!

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Farm to Plate



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and at Sunset Valley:

  • Collard’s Call: Come get these southern greens at their finest this weekend! Collards are known throughout the south for their excellent flavor, stemming from their high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Grab some this Saturday while they’re sweet from the recent cold snap!
  • Prime Pork Purveyors: Nothing pairs as well with collards as pork! Whether slow cooked with ham hock or sautéed with bacon, these two partners make a meal hearty enough to carry you through ‘til spring. We’ve got all sorts of cuts of pork at market for you this weekend; cured and uncured belly, pan sausage, link sausage, pork chops and more!

For information on which vendors will be at market, what products are in season, and more visit our This Week at the Markets webpage »



Meat Curing

Thank You for Amplifying Austin for SFC!
Thanks to the support of our community, we were able to raise $35,255 for our programs during Amplify Austin! These funds will be amplified even further through the matching grant from St. David's Foundation. This is an incredible level of support and we are so grateful to all of you!

Texas Legislature Takes Up SFC Priority Bills
SFC’s agenda for the Texas Legislative session took its first steps last week when two of our top three priority bills were introduced in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. Learn more »

Feasibility Study for a Central Texas Food Hub
Hot off the press! A regional team, led by Sustainable Food Center, recently completed an 18 month study of opportunities for local, small to mid-sized growers to expand sales into large volume markets. The report includes 11 recommendations to overcome persistent barriers and make collective impact towards strengthening our regional food system. Learn more »

Growing SNAP Incentive Programs in Texas
Recently, we hosted a gathering of more than 30 state and national leaders in the fields of health and food security to lay the foundation for a coordinated approach to grow SNAP incentive programs in Texas. Read on to learn more about highlights from this motivational meeting. Learn more »




GAVA North Austin Organizer
Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA)is looking for an organizer to build key relationships with residents and community stakeholders in North Austin. Learn more »

Food+City Startup Showcase
March 11th. Join Food+City for the 5th annual Startup Challenge Showcase during SXSW. The 2019 cohort will pitch to the judges and community for a chance to win valuable prize packages and more. Learn more »

Bubbles, Brunch, and (Goat) Babies at Bee Tree Farm!
March 23rd. Join Antonelli's Cheese Shop for brunch at Bee Tree Farm. Learn more »

Seedling Social
March 30th. Slow Food Austin and PEAS Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability are planning a fun Seedling Social garden party for adults and kids alike. Come out for food, fun, music, kids’ activities, gardening information, and more. Learn more »





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