Archive | September, 2013

Farmer Appreciation at TRACE

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The farmers shut off their tractors and laid down their gloves for a night of appreciation at TRACE. Often behind the scenes, the farmers do not see what comes of their ingredients. Last week, the TRACE team thanked the local farmers and purveyors they partner with by feeding them fruits of their own labor. Ingredients representing Springdale Farm, Fruitful Hill Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Broken Arrow Ranch, Windy Hill, Legend Meats, Lightsey Farms, and Ellis Pecan Company provided a seasonal array of  delicious bites.  Let me just say, if I was a farmer, I would feel like a proud parent of those delicious ingredients.

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photos courtesy of TRACE

The farmers bring the freshest ingredients to the table translating into the best possible food. By building these partnerships with local farmers and purveyors TRACE is strengthening our local food system and changing our food scene for the better.

Thank you farmers and TRACE!

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Sustainable Food Center moves into their new home

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The first time I met the folks at the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) their office was in a small trailer off of East Cesar Chavez and the Downtown Austin Farmers Market had just started.  Almost a decade later, SFC is an integral part of building a healthy, sustainable food community in Central Texas and they finally have a home that will help them fulfill their mission.

SFC is hosting a day-long series of festivities on Tuesday, September 24th to celebrate their new home and show off their new teaching kitchen, community spaces and more.  I can’t wait to see their new offices and visit the SFC Farmers Market East.

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photo courtesy of the Sustainable Food Center

Of course, a dream house like this doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work and support from the community, and SFC needs our help to close the final gap on their capital campaign.  St. David’s Foundation has offered a challenge grant to help raise the last $300,000 and will provide matching funds for money raised from the community.  People who donate between now and the end of September will be part of a special Key Holder group, receiving an invitation to a special celebration as well as name recognition on a plague at the facility and on the website. Donations of all sizes are welcome and can be made online.

Congratulations to SFC on their continued growth! Let’s show them some love for the invaluable work they do in our community by making key holder donations today.

 

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