History

1975
Austin Community Gardens (ACG) is founded as a project of the YWCA.
1987
Austin Community Gardens becomes an independent non-profit organization.
1993
Sustainable Food Center is founded.
1994
National Center for Appropriate Technology grants SFC the award for Significant Achievement in the Field of Sustainable Agriculture.
1995
The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program is named East Austin's "Best Social Service Program" by the Austin Chronicle. SFC also won this award in 1996 and 1997. SFC initiates a study entitled Access Denied. The study shows that low-income residents do not have East Austin access to fresh, healthy food.
1997
National Awards for Environmental Sustainability Council presents SFC a Certificate of Environmental Achievement. SFC was presented this award again in 1998.
1998
Diabetes Council and the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department grant SFC the Community Nutrition Promotion Award for excellence in diabetes prevention.
2001
Receive the United East Austin Coalition's "Raza Award" for Outstanding Health and Human Services and "reminding us to eat our vegetables".

SFC merges with Austin Community Gardens - Since AGC and SFC worked together frequently and had compatible missions, they merged to strengthen programs, integrate talents and consolidate administrations.
2003
Launch of Austin Farmers' Market in Republic Square Park.

Receive "Organization Impact Award" for Opening New Doors by the Downtown Austin Alliance.

The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™ is trademarked and begins training partner organizations to deliver classes.
2004
Opening of Austin Farmers' Market "pocket" market at Plaza Saltillo as pilot project.

Austin Farmers' Market receives the "Urban Light Award" from Downtown Austin Neighborhood Alliance.
2005

Launch of a Farm to Cafeteria pilot project delivering fresh, locally-grown produce to cafeterias in the network of Seton hospitals.

Launch of mid-week, evening Austin Farmers' Market at Plaza Saltillo

2006

SFC begins a Farm to School food systems education project, Sprouting Healthy Kids, designed to bring fresh produce from local farmers into Austin-area low-income middle schools and teach children about new foods and healthy eating behaviors through gardening projects and nutrition education programs.

The successful Farm to Cafeteria project expands to the University of Texas and St. Stephens School.

The mid-week Austin Farmers' Market opens on Wednesday mornings at Whole Foods Market downtown.

In May 2006 the Wednesday market moved to Triangle Park at 4600 Guadalupe, where it operates year-round, rain or shine.

2007

Austin Farmers' Market awarded "Best Place to Buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables" by Austin American-Statesman Austin360.com "A-List".

Austin Farmers' Market voted into "Ten Best Farmers' Markets in the Country" by Green Living Online.

Farm to Work program launches, bringing fresh, local produce to governmental and corporate employees via weekly delivery to worksites.

2008

SFC named "Local Hero" by Edible Austin Magazine readers in nonprofit category.

Austin Farmers' Market awarded "10Best Bet 2008" by 10BEST.COM for "Best Reason to Go Green".

Farm to Work achieves $100,000 milestone of earned income for participating local farmers in first six months.

The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™ begins offering cooking classes tailored specifically for breast cancer survivors with participation from community partners.

Austin Farmers' Market earns the distinction of being the largest certified growers-only farmers' market in the state of Texas.

SFC’s Sprouting Healthy Kids project receives “Victory Against Hunger Award” from the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC), Victory Wholesale Group, and National Farm to School Network.

2009

Austin Farmers' Market breaks its sales record by surpassing $30,000 in one day.

Austin Farmers' Market awarded “Best Farmers’ Market” in Austin Chronicle Annual Readers’ Best-of Poll.

SFC wins Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Award in the category of Pioneer.

Sprouting Healthy Kids project worked in 6 low-income middle schools.

Through Farm Direct programming, SFC partnered with over 25 worksites and institutional food service facilities.

Grow Local continues to offer the only free Spanish-speakers’ organic food gardening workshop in Austin.

2010

SFC awarded Edible Communities 2010 Local Hero Award for Best Nonprofit Organization.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley is added in response to farmer and community need, bringing the total number of year-round markets run by SFC to three, including the seasonal Neighborhood Farm Markets at WIC Clinics and low-income community sites.

Liveable City awards SFC the Liveable Vision Award in Environment category.

 2011  

SFC awarded Austin Business Journal's Going Green Award for Spread the Harvest Project.

SFC Farmers' Market named a Top Artisan Food Market by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative granted SFC a 2011 Neighborhood Builder Award.

Texas Health Champion Award won for SFC's Sprouting Healthy Kids project.

 2012    SFC Farmers' Market East opens in March at the YMCA East, offering the first Double Dollar Incentive Program matching food assistance in the state of Texas.
 2013    SFC moves into it's new center in the heart of East Austin.
 2014    Public opening of the St. David's Foundation Community and the JP's Peace, Love and Happiness Teaching Garden.