Austin’s Sustainable Food Policy Board advises City Council on matters of local food production and availability. Consider attending a board meeting to learn how your local government is working to nurture area farmers and make nutritious, sustainably produced food widely available to Austin residents. The board, chaired by Edible Austin editor Marla Camp, meets regularly at City Hall on the fourth Monday of every month, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The next regular meeting is May 24.
Visit City of Austin – Sustainable Food Policy Board for more info, and click here for the April meeting agenda.
Not sure if you’re ready to dedicate your eating habits to locally grown food? Check out the newly posted article in the “Going Local” section.
Leaders in the “Go Local” food movement, such as Marla Camp, chair of Austin’s Sustainable Food Policy Board and Susan Leibrock, spokeswoman for the Sustainable Food Center, offer insight into the advantages and urgency of eating locally grown food. You can also hear what Vital Farms manager Robert Kraft has to say about raising happy, healthy chickens, and how Eastside Cafe owners Dorsey Barger and Elaine Martin started their restaurant 22 years ago, using produce grown in the restaurant’s garden.
Be sure to check out the photos too!
Keep it local friends!
Looking for something to do on this beautiful Saturday? The Austin Green Living Expo takes place this weekend at the Austin Convention Center. Take advantage of a wealth of information on everything from green building and renewable energy to organic gardening and native landscaping. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children. Visit Austin Green Living Expo for a full list of activities.
Saturday April 24: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 25: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
Join the Coalition of Austin Community Gardens and the Sustainable Food Center for a city-wide community garden tour on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, food and festivities at 11 garden locations around town. This is a great opportunity to learn how to get involved with a community garden, or even start your own.
For more details, visit Coalition of Austin Community Gardens.
Image courtesy of Coalition of Austin Community Gardens
Do something kind today for the planet that nourishes you!
Visit Earth Day Network for ideas.
If you’re interested in mingling with other Slow Foodies while drinking in a pastoral landscape and a few cocktails, mark your calendar for the next Slow Food Happy Hour at Green Gate Farms, May 20 from 5-7 p.m.
Slow Food Austin puts on this event on the third Thursday of every month to involve people with their organization and the local food movement. A portion of proceeds go to support Slow Food Austin.
Green Gate Farms is located at:
8310 Canoga Ave.
Are you interested in shifting to a sustainable food diet? Do you wish local, sustainable food was as readily available as Big Macs? Do you want to learn more about the farm-to-table movement?
Well you’re in luck!
Slow Money Austin, inspired by the national Slow Food and Slow Money movements and formed to promote investment in environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable food systems, is holding a showcase at City Hall Wednesday, April 21 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. This is your chance to hear experts in the movement talk about their work, listen to presentations highlighting the importance of the movement and participate in panel discussions exploring the challenges and advantages of investing in sustainable food. And if this isn’t enough to get your ball rolling, they are also hosting a happy hour!
So spend the day downtown, have some drinks, participate in the community and make a difference!
Keep it local, friends!