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Pandemic Pivots: How SFC provided Food Access & Education in 2020
Like many others, Sustainable Food Center has faced the challenge of how to serve our community during the pandemic. Economic hardship and shortages of grocery staples made our Food Access and Education services more in-demand than ever before. During this uncertain time, we have seen a higher need for food assistance and a growing interest in eating healthy, local food.

Historically hands-on and community-based, our Food Access and Education team needed to adapt quickly to safely provide our services. By working with key partners and researching best practices, we have started to deliver our services in new ways. Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of the pivots our Food Access and Education team has made since March.
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Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, Dec 12
DOWNTOWN: Casper Fermentables is the funky, wild, fermentation geniuses you need to get to know. From kimchi to kombucha and sourdough bagels to homemade cream cheese this is your one-stop shop for tasty and gut healthy treats. Namaste Nature can support your immune system as we head into the cooler months. Try the elderberry and echinacea syrup, with supportive notes of wild nettle and local honey to boost your resistance to germs. Check out the rest of their naturally-made health, bath, and body products this weekend.

SUNSET VALLEY: Winter in Texas means a short and delicious window for local citrus! Check out Indian Hills Farm for the return of super sweet and juicy Meyer lemons. While you're there, pick up a bag of pralines and a pound of grass-fed beef. Sol Prisms has everything you need to dress up a sunny window. These charms create magical prisms that will dance all around your home office - great for stocking stuffers!

To keep our vendors, staff and customers safe, we request everyone wear a face covering or mask while in the market area. Click here to learn more about our safety measures. SFC Farmers' Market match SNAP, WIC and FMNP benefits with Double Up Food Bucks! Visit our website for more information on which vendors will be at market, what products are in season, and more.
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SFC's Holiday Wishlist
At SFC, we don’t want a lot this holiday. There are just 12 things we need! From thriving farmers and ranchers to healthy food for all, can you make our wishes come true?

Become a Beekeeper with Two Hives Honey
This course is perfect for the budding beekeeper overwhelmed by where to begin. The 4 video course and accompanying guidebook will provide you the the tools and information you need to get started as a successful beekeeper! Plus, when you follow the link in our newsletter, 20% of proceeds will be donated to SFC! Sign up here, or purchase a gift certificate.

Buy One Give One with Zymmo
Nov. 23-Dec. 31. We're partnering with Zymmo for a Buy One Give One promotion! They will match every dollar spent on the Zymmo app with a donation to SFC. Zymmo connects you with local chefs to order ready-made meals or book private chef experiences. Download the Zymmo app and help SFC during this giving season! For Android: https://bit.ly/3kwsrCY. For iOS: https://apple.co/2Tdwjhb.
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"Austin's COVID-19 emergency food access response"
In this video, City of Austin Office of Sustainability Food Policy Manager, Edwin Marty, discusses food access in Austin during the pandemic.

"New candidates for Agriculture secretary emerge as Biden faces pushback on Heitkamp"
By Liz Crampton, Helena Bottemiller Evich, and Megan Cassella, Politico - Insiders want the short list to be expanded beyond Heidi Heitkamp and Marcia Fudge.

"Goodbye, U.S.D.A., Hello, Department of Food and Well-Being"
By Ricardo Salvador and Mark Bittman, New York TImes - How a new Secretary of Agriculture could leverage the department’s impact for more than the benefit of agribusiness.
We'll be sharing recipes to cook, terms you should know, and more in our weekly selection!
Gardening Facts: All About Cole Crops
“Cole crops” is a general term used to describe a group of cruciferous veggies. They include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Cole crops are pretty easy to maintain and luckily, all of these crops can be grown in Central Texas.

Event: Farmshare Austin's Annual You (and We) Pick!
Dec. 12. Enjoy the seasonal bounty while supporting Farmer Starter scholarships! There are TWO ways to participate: 1) Reserve a box of just-picked Farmshare organic veggies PLUS local artisanal food items! 2) Sign up to tour the farm and have a hands-on veggie harvesting experience.
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