1. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.

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  2. SFC's Farm Direct program promotes access to fresh, healthy food by making locally-grown produce available in the heart of the city and in locations easily accessible by low-income residents.

    The Farm Direct program is SFC's "seed to table" philosophy at work. By organizing the thrice-weekly SFC Farmers' Market, Farm Direct gives local growers direct access to urban residents in demand of freshly harvested produce. Through direct marketing projects, like farm-to-cafeteria, farm-to-school and farm-to-work, Farm Direct additionally connects local farmers with hospitals, universities, schools, and worksites to provide fresh produce and strengthen the local economy. Farm Direct affects positive change in the Austin community by involving farmers and consumers in a broad effort to promote reliable and nourishing local food sources while helping to sustain our environment.

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  3. SFC's Grow Local program offers the resources and education to enable children and adults in Central Texas to develop skills in food production and organic gardening as well as an understanding of the importance of local food production for the health and well-being of themselves, their families and community, and the environment.

    Did you know that Texas is ranked third in the nation for food insecurity (USDA, 2007)? This means that over 15% of households in Texas lack the means to provide consistent nourishment for maintaining health. Access to fresh, nutritious, affordable food by community members is vital in promoting community health and preventing disease. For many urban residents, growing their own food is essential for survival.

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  4. The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™, a nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program, aids individuals and institutions in making lasting dietary and behavioral changes.

    Offering innovative, theory-based, cost-effective solutions to chronic food and nutrition problems impacting individuals and families in Central Texas, SFC's The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™ cooking and nutrition education program:

    - Teaches skills and self-sufficiency in preparing healthy, economical meals that consist of whole grains, fresh produce and low-saturated fat ingredients.
    - Affects positive changes in shopping, cooking, eating habits and nutrition.
    -Reduces diet-related diseases (diabetes, overweight, obesity, heart-disease, cancer, etc.).
    -Promotes the health and development of young children.
    -Places emphasis on local, seasonal and cultural appropriate foods.
    -Integrates food systems concepts into it’s curriculum such as shopping at farmers’ markets and growing one’s own food.

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  5. Farm To Work is a partnership between organizations and their local farmers
    aided by the Sustainable Food Center of Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and WebChronic Consulting.

    How It Works:

    - Participating organizations have access to the custom made Farm To Work (FTW) online shopping cart
    - Interested staff members order a basket of locally grown produce using a credit card via the a secure web site
    - It gets delivered to your place of work according to a schedule where you pick it up in a bag/box you supply
    - The basket of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables is determined by what's in season and ripe on the family farm for that week
    - Baskets average 15 - 20 pounds of food per week
    - There is no subscription fee or requirement to order each week. Participate only when you want to
    - Currently participating organizations include state and city agencies, local non-profits, and private companies.

    Through the Farm-to-Work project, SFC and our partners:

    - Provide citizens access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
    - Facilitate direct sales for family farmers.
    - Promote awareness of our food system and educate consumers about sustainable food and farms.
    - Offer educational opportunities for individuals and families about the importance of fresh food and nutrition.

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Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local…

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