Where to Hear Live Music with Kids EVERY Week

March 27, 2014

All of the Sustainable Food Center Farmer' Markets provide space for local musicians to entertain as you shop around the market. With a variety of genres each week you will find new artists singing, playing, or rocking out. Check the "This Week at the Market" section of their website for a line-up of scheduled performers. (You can also check out my recent post about taking my three boys to the Downtown market.) When & Where: The SFC has markets East, at the Triangle, Downtown, and in Sunset Valley. Check the website for details of location and times for each market. (READ MORE).

Spring Means Fabulous Outside Events In Austin! (Revised)

Austin Urban Gardens
March 25, 2014

May 8, 2014 – Sustainable Food Center Farm to Plate: http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/donate/farm-to-plate $125.00. Sip and stroll format, with lots of local chefs, at the beautiful Barr Mansion. Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Food Center and their many fabulous programs. (READ MORE).

Spring outdoor opportunities not limited to Barton Springs

Hilltop Views
March 20, 2014

In addition to offering hundreds of places to exercise outside, Austin serves as the host city for a variety of outdoor farmer’s markets. Weekly and biweekly, local vendors and farmers in Austin come together to sell their fresh, organic and original products.

The Sustainable Food Center (SFC), a non-profit company based in Austin, organizes a market each week in four different locations, one of which is hosted just eight minutes (by car) away from the St. Edward’s campus at Republic Square Park on 4th and Guadalupe. The markets offer everything from Kombucha to cage-free eggs. (READ MORE).

Q&A: Where do you buy your seeds?

The Dig In
March 24, 2014

Jenni: Most of the seeds I use to start plants indoors and to directly sow in the garden were free. The Sustainable Food Center has a great food sharing program called Spread The Harvest. They offer seeds, starts and compost in return for you tracking what you grow and sharing extras with people in your community, friends, neighbors or soup kitchens. I appreciate that the seeds they provide are non-gmo. (READ MORE).

Building Community in Austin

By Suzanne Babb, Why Hunger
February 14, 2014

In January, NHC staff traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the One World Everybody Eats Summit and to visit with some new and old partners. Although each event or partner carries out different activities, they all demonstrate how community building can be a powerful tool for change.

Our first stop was The Sustainable Food Center (SFC). This community food security organization uses a systems approach to their work centered around their motto: grow, share, prepare. The Grow Local program (grow) teaches adults and children how to grow food in various parts of the community, such as schools, community gardens or in their own backyards. Their Farm Direct program (share) connects farmers to consumers at schools, businesses and several SFC-run weekly farmers markets that accept SNAP and WIC and offer a double coupon value program. The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program (prepare) trains peer facilitators from the community to teach free nutrition and cooking classes in low-income communities. With a new building equipped with a state of the art kitchen, SFC hopes to expand their work and offer a wide variety of cooking and nutrition classes open to the entire Austin community. (READ MORE).

PROFILE: Elizabeth Winslow, Dedicated Entrepreneur and Good Food Communicator

By Vince Trotter, Good Food Web
February 12, 2014

We recently had a conversation with Elizabeth Winslow of Austin, TX about her work to build good food enterprises and support other entrepreneurs who are doing the same. Winslow started the upscale Liberty Market & Café in Beaumont, TX and later founded Farmhouse Delivery - a successful direct-to-consumer service for putting local, sustainable produce into the hands of eaters around the Austin area. She currently is Director of Communications for the Sustainable Food Center and devotes a lot of time and energy to connecting new food entrepreneurs to the resources and knowledge they need to get their own enterprise off the ground. Here’s what she had to say about her own work to change the food system and support more good food businesses… (READ MORE).