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Farm to Plate Blessed By Rain!
600 guests joined us at our 6th annual Farm to Plate at Barr Mansion on Thursday, May 9th for the marvelous celebration of local food, honoring Lynn, Tom and Will Meredith with our inaugural Sustainable Food Changemakers award. With wonderful music by Suzuki Strings of Austin and The Lost Pines, our partner food and beverage artisans knocked it out of the park again! We continue to be grateful for the rain our farmers need to harvest the amazing bounty for this event and for our community. Click here to see photos from this year's event!

Award Presenation
Ronda Rutledge presents award to Lynn, Tom, and Will Meredith.
Photo by Jaelyn Penner

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and the leading Central Texas chefs who demonstrate a commitment to procuring local food. Please click here to recognize all of them!

The event raised funds to expand our programs and allow us to train groups all across the country to grow a strong local food system in their own communities. Thanks to all of our participants who made a gift toward our $25K matching opportunity! We only have $1,910 left to raise – we invite you to invest in SFC today. We're empowering families to feed themselves for a lifetime, and to change the course of agriculture to support environmental, cultural and economic health. DONATE HERE→

Meet Philimena Dickson:
Parent, Gardener, and Leader!

PhilimenaNorman Elementary parent leader Philimena Dickson, has been involved with Cultivating Healthy Communities for almost three years. Through the wellness team, she has attended SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® cooking class, Basic Organic Gardening class, and School Garden Leadership Training, and she and her family have helped with the installation and maintenance of a community garden at nearby St. James Episcopal church. She also participates in SFC’s Spread the Harvest program for her own family’s garden. Want to learn more about this amazing woman? READ MORE→

What's Your Market Story?
You may already be aware that the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown is celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, May 18th! We are so thankful for the past 10 years of local, sustainable food, farmers, volunteers, and wonderful customers who keep coming back to support the markets. To commemorate this special occasion, we asked our community: What’s YOUR market story? READ MORE→

Fostering Leaders and Connecting
to Food in The Happy Kitchen

The foundation of The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® is the cadre of 40+ trained Facilitators that lead classes and workshops across Austin. These are community members who care deeply about helping others eat healthy and hone their cooking skills and confidence. Even though I [Joy Casnovsky, The Happy Kitchen Director] adore working at Sustainable Food Center and thoroughly believe in our mission, I still sometimes get stuck in the day-to-day grind of running the program (yes, I just admitted that!). However, my eyes always light up upon hearing stories first-hand from the Facilitators, like the ones I heard this week. It reminds me of the fantastic work we are doing in the community by cultivating leaders and connecting people to their food.

Can you help provide food access to Central Texans in need this spring?



olive & junefirst
olive & june will be hosting olive & junefirst, a brunch benefiting SFC on Sunday, June 1 from 11am-2pm. Nosh on seasonal appetizers before a family-style brunch. Tickets are $25. Reserve tickets here!

Calçotada & Rosé Festival
Join us Sunday, June 23rd from 4pm-8pm at Lenoir for the 2nd Annual Calçotada & Rosé Festival. Enjoy great food and the season's best rosé. A portion of the proceeds benefit SFC’s new home! Tickets are $40. $5 drink tickets sold separately at the door. Buy tickets here!

Edible Austin's
Sipping Social

Edible Austin's Sipping Social is Friday, June 21. Come dressed in vintage attire to the 1920s-themed celebration of all things beverage-related with live music, and artisanal food &  drinks. Purchase tickets here.

Mecca Gym and Spa is raising funds to support SFC's mission each month of 2013! In May 5% of all facials (waxing excluded) and in June 5% of all skincare products sold benefit SFC!

Thank You
to Our Partners!

• Carl and Marie Anderson
   Charitable Foundation
• St. David’s Foundation
• VMWare Foundation
• Onion Creek Kitchens
• Foundation for Dreamers

Capital Campaign

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