Food is … growing, sharing and preparing

BY Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin
November 14, 2013

Grow. Share. Prepare.That's what Sustainable Food Center of Austin is all about that — cultivating a healthy community in Austin by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. (READ MORE).

Take a walk through the Sustainable Food Center farmers' markets that bring local, healthy food to Austin

By Promoted Series Correspondant, CultureMap Austin
November 6, 2013

Sustainable Food Center operates four of the largest Farmers' Markets in the state of Texas, right here in Austin.

With roots dating back 40 years, SFC is all about cultivating a healthy community by strengthening our local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food in Austin (READ MORE).

A day in the life at Sustainable Food Center

By Promoted Series Correspondant, CultureMap Austin
November 1, 2013

Food is...inspiration. Life. Connection. Family. Happiness. Heritage. Sharing. Food is community — it has the power to unite, heal and bring joy.

Food is at the heart of everything that Sustainable Food Center does. SFC envisions a food-secure community where everyone has access to healthy, local food raised with care and integrity. The nonprofit organization works to support a robust food system that sustains producers, consumers and our land.. (READ MORE)

Sustainable Food Center finds its roots in new East Austin home

By Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin
October 5, 2013

Grow, Share, Prepare. It's the motto of Austin's Sustainable Food Center, and the nonprofit organization that teaches adults and children how to feed themselves with nutritious food finally has grown into its own permanent home. On September 24, SFC celebrated its new East Austin location at 2921 E. 17th Street with a huge grand opening — a move that has been 40 years in the making. (READ MORE)

Sustainable Food Center Relocates to New East Side Facility

By Stephanie Myers, Austin Post
October 4, 2013

Dozens of Austinites gathered for a demonstration on making your own plant starter pot out of newspaper last week when Austin’s Sustainable Food Center opened the doors of its new East Side center, inviting the public to get a peek at the kinds of programs that will be available at the new location.

“With a permanent place to call home, SFC is equipped to expand our programs, conduct cooking and nutrition classes in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and host community events from hands-on workshops to film screenings to public forums for change,” said Elizabeth Winslow, SFC communications manager. (READ MORE)

Austin's Sustainable Food Center ready to root itself in new home

by Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal
September 17, 2013

It took about 40 years, but Austin's Sustainable Food Center finally has a place to permanently call "home," according to KVUE-TV. The nonprofit's mission is to teach kids and adults how to grow and prepare nutritious food in urban gardens... (READ MORE)

Austin's Sustainable Food Center finds new home

by Quita Culpepper, KVUE News
September 16, 2013

AUSTIN -- It's a major milestone for Austin's Sustainable Food Center. After 40 years, the organization finally has a place to call "home." The center’s mission is to teach kids and adults how to grow and prepare nutritious foods at home and in community gardens across the city. Now the organization is putting down roots in a brand new building in East Austin that will help it continue to grow and thrive... (READ MORE)

Project Spotlight: Sustainable Food Center

By Lissa Adams, Society for Marketing Professionals Austin
September 10, 2013

Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is an Austin based non-profit that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. For almost 40 years, the organization has been the Sustainable Food Center without a center, until now. Completed this summer, the new facility serves as a destination point for families and individuals accessing services and participating in community activities. The site is centrally located in East Austin, SFC's target area of services, immediately adjacent to the Capital MetroRail MLK Station. (READ MORE)

The Happy Kitchen adds cooking classes in new East Austin kitchen

By Addie Broyles, Austin360.com
September 3, 2013

The Sustainable Food Center’s the Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program has offered free cooking classes to underserved or at-risk Austinites for almost 20 years, and now for the first time, members of the general public can take cooking classes at a new SFC commercial kitchen that will help offset the cost of the free courses.. (READ MORE)

The Local Business Report
Austinites reveal their favorite local businesses

by Abby Fraser, The Austin Pheonix
August 14, 2013

Austinite: Morgan Grubbs. Local Business: The Sustainable Food Center.
The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) was founded in 1993 with the goal of encouraging community participation in the local food system. The SFC strives to connect the citizens of Austin with healthy, local food choices, organic gardening practices, cooking classes, and a deeper knowledge of nutrition. ... (READ MORE)

Does Better Access to Fresh Vegetables Make People Healthier?

By Nathan Bernier, KUT News
July 10, 2013

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. More than three times as many children are obese today compared to a generation ago.

In Central Texas, some of the highest childhood obesity rates can be found in the Southeast Austin neighborhood of Dove Springs. The area has attracted the attention of social scientists who are looking at everything from the built environment, to the number of parks, to the socio-economic demographics, to the availability of healthy food.

It’s that last item – access to fresh produce in particular – that is the focus of an effort by Austin’s Sustainable Food Center. The non-profit has partnered with other groups to set up a temporary produce stand at the Dove Springs Recreation Center for three hours on Wednesdays for part of the summer. (READ MORE)

Sustainable Food Center honors the Meredith Family with first ever Changemakers Award

By Shelley Seale, CultureMap Austin
May 7, 2013

On May 9, the Sustainable Food Center will present its first-ever Sustainable Food Changemakers Award — a new tradition honoring an individual or group of individuals who have contributed to SFC’s mission. The award, honoring the Meredith Family, will be part of the annual Farm to Plate event, to be held Thursday at the historic Barr Mansion... (READ MORE)

Healthy Food, Healthy City

By Kate Harrington, L Style, G Style
April 22, 2013

I had the opportunity to write recently about the Sustainable Food Center and all the exciting changes going on there. As Brenda Thompson, an out board member of SFC pointed out, there’s probably never been a time in Austin’s history when food has been such a huge focus...(READ MORE)

Farm to Plate Event Benefits the Sustainable Food Center

By Aldia Bluewillow, The Latest News from Wheatsville
April 16, 2013

Celebrate the bounty of spring with Sustainable Food Center at their Farm to Plate annual fundraiser on the lush grounds of historic Barr Mansion, including their beautiful artisan ballroom. Delight your guests with food by over 25 leading Central Texas chefs dedicated to sourcing locally. All proceeds benefit SFC, a nonprofit organization responsible for four weekly farmers markets, organic food gardening classes, a farm to school project called Sprouting Healthy Kids serving one third of AISD schools with plans for expansion to all campuses by 2015, plus interactive cooking classes and nutrition education—all in the Austin area... (READ MORE)

Grow.Share.Prepare. Monthly Column

Grow Local staff, Austin American-Statesman

Have you seen SFC's new column in the Austin American-Statesman? Keep an eye out for our Grow.Share.Prepare article the second Saturday of every month, in the Life & Arts – Gardening section. Grow Local & The Happy Kitchen® team up to provide seasonal edible gardening instructions coupled with a delicious recipe. Click the links below to read our previous columns!

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Keep Austin Delicious

By Andrew Knowlton, bonappetit.com
February 12, 2013

On a recent visit to Dai Due, my go-to morning spot at Saturday's SFC Downtown Farmers' Market, I fell for pon haus--scrapple made from grits and the odds and ends of the pig. It's the greatest breakfast meat you'll ever eat, hands down. (READ MORE)