Show your local love this month at the markets!
The Monthly Beet
Organic Farm Field
You may have heard the 2020 Census is about to begin. Our government gathers this information to better understand our population and needs, which influence policies, funding, and more. There is also is a lesser-known census completed every 5 years: the USDA Agricultural Census.

We wanted to answer some common questions of what agriculture looks like in Central Texas. So we examined the census and looked for trends by comparing data from 2017 to 2012. Keep reading to learn what we found out, and how Central Texas agriculture compares to the rest of the state and the nation.
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Farm to Plate
Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, Feb. 15
V Day Every Day: Keep the loving vibes going all weekend-long with sweet treats from the farmers’ markets! Stop by Sunset Valley early to pick up a pint of spring strawberries from Flintrock Hill Farm (make it by 9am or you’ll be outta luck). Head down the path to Le Renard Patisserie for an assortment of jams made from local ingredients like local Llano apples, fresh strawberry and *new this week* sweet Texas grapefruit.

Where's the Love? Celebrate Valentine's all weekend long by picking up a beautiful bouquet from Animal Farm Center: their irises, roses, calanthea, foraged blooms and handmade pottery are perfect for your sweetheart! On the sweeter side you can head to Julie Myrtille Bakery for almond croissant heart shaped hearts to help you keep a celebration going until Monday.
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Kitchen Classroom Rentals
We've dug up the dirt so you don't have to.
"Women Who Farm Are Finally Getting Counted"
By Olivia Paschal, HuffPost - For over a century, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture failed to count women accurately. In 2017, it expanded its definition of “farmer” to capture women who have often been considered — or considered themselves to be — the wives and daughters of farmers, even if they do important work on the farm. Read more »

"An Elder Statesman of Sustainable Ag Looks to the ‘Regenerative Generation’"
By Lisa Held, CivilEats - Organic pioneer and farmer Fred Kirschenmann is hopeful for the future of food, but time is of the essence. Read more »

"AISD is now serving grass-fed ground beef. Here’s why."
By Addie Broyles, Austin 360 - When more students eat school lunch, the quality of the lunch improves, at least in districts like Austin Independent School District, which had another turn in the national press this week. Read more »
Amplify Austin
SFC events, news, blogs and more.
Amplify Austin
March 5-6. Our city's annual day of online giving is 1 month away. We need your help to support our local farmers and improve access to nutritious and affordable food. Even better - your gift to SFC will be amplified through a generous matching grant from St. David's Foundation! Early giving is open now - donate or sign up as fundraiser! Learn more »

Farm to Plate
May 7. At Farm to Plate you'll enjoy bites from 30 of Austin's best chefs, while supporting local, sustainable farms. Farm to Plate also features local artisan cocktails, local wines and craft beers. Get your ticket or table today! Learn more »

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
Sept 19. Resolve to exercise more, connect with new people, and give back to your community in 2020 with the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride! Registration is open now and we're proud to be one of the beneficiaries. Learn more »
Positions Available. Regional Representative, MarketLink, with National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs.

Position Available. Extension Program Specialist, with AgriLife Extension.

Private Group Cooking Classes
Bring your group together in a unique team-building experience in the SFC Kitchen. Learn more »

Kitchen Classroom Rentals
Teach your own cooking classes by renting SFC's kitchen classroom! Learn more »
Feb 14 - A Taste of Spain, with Austhentico

Feb 23 - Farm Camp for Adults, with Green Gate Farms

Feb 27 - Managing for Success on Your Small Farm-Waco, with Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

Mar 1 - Living in the Moment: A Yoga & Cooking Retreat

Mar 7 - Drought to Deluge, Creating the Resilient Central Texas Garden, from Central Texas Horticulture

Mar 24 - May 14 - Marketing for the Small Farm, from Austin Community College

April 28 - 29 - Women Leading Regeneration Summit, from At the Epicenter

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