We’re breaking down the 4 key barriers to accessing healthy, local food.
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Food insecurity. Food desert. Food access.

Have you heard these words before, and not really understood what they meant? Over the years at SFC, we have spent a lot of time talking to you about “food access”, but what does it really mean?

From location to affordability, cultural relevancy to cooking skills, today we’re breaking down the 4 key barriers to accessing healthy, local food along with our strategies that have been proven to address them.
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Kitchen Classroom Rentals
Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, Mar. 14
Sunset Valley: New Vendor Alert! Green Thumb Farming is joining our Sunset Valley market this weekend. From this backyard jungle comes green onions, kale, lettuce, daikon radishes, carrots and more. Also find offbeat smoked jams and jellies this weekend from Left Hand Jelly. Try the unexpected combo of ginger pepper peach with a grilled pork chop or slather your next piece of toast with spicy strawberry jelly. A truly Texan product!

Downtown: Help a Neighbor. With the untimely cancellation of this year's SXSW festival, our farmers have a plethora of fresh veggies that need a good home. Consider stopping by Joe's Organics this weekend to pick up a tray of microgreens to liven up any at-home meals you have planned. Get cilantro micros for your midday guacamole, celery micros for a chicken sandwich, and vibrant amaranth to sprinkle on top of a creamy soup. Come together and support your neighbors and small businesses!
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Farm to Plate
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"How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Food Industry"
By Gowri Chandra, Food & Wine - The impact of COVID spans farmworkers, delivery drivers, bartenders, and just about everyone in the business of food. Read more »

"What Would It Take to Get More Farmers Fighting Climate Change?"
By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones - A new bill sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree would enlist growers to help slow global warming by using their soil to sponge up carbon dioxide. Read more »

"Coronavirus is Closing Schools. Here’s What it Means for Millions of Kids Who Rely on School Meals."
By Bettina Elias Siegel, Civil Eats - Schools in three states so far have closed to try to prevent exposure to COVID-19. School lunch groups are asking USDA to ensure students get access to meals. Read more »

"Here Are 5 Weeks’ Worth of Meals You Can Make with Pantry Staples"
By Bettina Elias Siegel, Civil Eats - Having a list of recipes you can make with pantry staples is never a bad idea, but may be more timely than ever right now.
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SFC events, news, blogs and more.
Thank You!
Thank You for Amplifying Austin!
We'd like to thank everyone in our community who supported us during Amplify Austin by donating, fundraising and spreading the word! Because of you, we raised $56,229 for our programs that support our local, family farmers and increase access to healthy, local food for everyone in Austin. Your generosity inspires us today and everyday, and we are so grateful to have you as a partner in this important work! Thank You!
"USDA Small Plant Roundtables Continue in 2020"
Co-Authored By Simone Benz. Recently, SFC hosted a roundtable discussion with small meat/poultry processors and producers, and key staff from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Read 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 »

Farmer Finance Success Training with Ellen Polishuk
April 1st (Central Texas) or April 3rd (The Valley). This one-day workshop will cover topics including: Pricing how low can you go?; Pros and cons of wholesaling; what you need to know about benchmarking; Efficiency: where to really focus your energy. 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 »
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 »
Mar 15 - Plant Based Sushi Class, from Chef Morgan Mazur

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

Apr 4 - East Austin Garden Fair (FREE), from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

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

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