Texas Center for Local Food


Strengthening our Texas grown

economy ... together!

The Texas Center for Local Food was founded in 2016 and is a project of the Growers Alliance of Central Texas (Gro-ACT).  Gro-ACT and TCLF are both run by farmer majorities.  The Growers Alliance of Central Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Board of Directors

 Cameron Molberg - smiling white man about 30 years old, beard
Cameron Molberg is co-owner and former CEO and General Manager of Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill & Farm located in Elgin.  Cameron has been working with local farmers since 2007 when he managed an organic quick-service restaurant chain in Austin.  Cameron joined Coyote Creek in 2010 when the mill was only 3 years old. His success in expanding the business and increasing the mill's capacity has resulted in hundreds of family farms gaining better access to high-quality feeds for their livestock. Over his tenure, throughput increased 10-fold. That's a lot more local food on the tables in Texas!  Cameron serves on the board of The Cornucopia Institute and he is available for consulting through New Growth Management.
 Lrogi Hawkins picture - smiling young woman age about mid twenties; bright countenance Lorig Hawkins is an organic farmer and co-founder of the Texas Young Farmers’ Coalition.  Ms. Hawkins serves on the boards of the Texas Center for Local Food and FarmShare Austin.  She was previously the lead farmer for FarmShare Austin, where she trained beginning farmers.   Ms. Hawkins holds two Bachelor’s degree, one in Film Theory and the other in General Kinesiology and is completing her masters in Agricultural Education at Texas State University.
Skip Connet picture smiling white man clean shaven age about mid-fifties
Skip Connett is the co-owner of Green Gate Farms with his wife Erin Flynn.  Skip is a Board member of the Growers' Alliance of Central Texas (our mother organization) and he also serves on the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Agriculure and Entrepreneurship program at Austin Community College Elgin campus.

Beloved Advisors

Pamela Walker, Good Things to Eat in Texas, Houston and New Mexico

Dr. Naya Jones, co-founder Food for Black Thought and Get Rooted LLC

Erin Flynn, Green Gate Farms, Austin

We're just getting started and will be adding many more beloved advisors!


Staff

 


Sue Beckwith, Executive Director 
Email Sue SueB at TexasLocalFood.org
  Ava Cameron, Project Assistant
Email Ava AskMe@TexasLocalFood.org


Models, Ideas

Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Stanford Social Innovation Review (2007)

Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships:  A New Framework, Stanford Social Innovation Review (2015)

Northwest Agriculture Business Center - strong business focus; practical knowledge and service

Center for Environmental Farming Systems - consistently developing breakthrough education and research



Become a Member

  Learn how you can be involved with local food.

  Get news about food businessws and farm/ranches in your inbox every month.

  Get your business or organization listed in the Texas Local Food Zone resource directory.  Sell more stuff!  (coming in 2017}

  Find collaboration partners and resources for your projects.

Who we are

We are moms, dads, food artisans, processors, distributors, teachers, students, researchers, copackers, economic development professionals, chefs, caterers, restauranteurs, farmers, ranchers, and suppliers.

We are members because we believe that by working together, we can indeed "float all boats" and we all prosper.

What we do

We provide technical assistance and resources for market development to support family farm and ranch prosperity and enhance the vitality of our rural economy while improving healthy food access for all Texans.

We are starting up in 2016 and we hope you'll join us.

Our Values

We value integrity, creativity, grit, and inclusiveness... and we like to have fun!


We work hard and look forward to a bright future.  We hope you'll join us to create a Texas-grown food system in our state!

Texas Local Food Center, Elgin, Texas                                                           

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