All posts by: Susan Beckwith

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It felt so good to see 100 Texas Farm Veggie Boxes safely make their way home with folks on Wednesday afternoon!  The veggies were harvested Sunday and Monday, the boxes were packed Tuesday in Houston at the fabulous Common Market food hub, and they arrived at Elgin’s Firewild on Main St. on Wednesday morning. Prepaid […]

Texas farmers who sell to restaurants, schools, hospitals have seen their orders vanish due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Meanwhile, plenty of fresh vegetables are in the fields and plenty of people need fresh food!  The Texas Center for Local Food is partnering with The Common Market food hub, Elgin Local Food Action Team, and FireWild Catering to […]

Farmers and Ranchers: Here are software resources for taking pre-orders online and either delivering or having your customers pickup at the market or another location. Some of this software is pretty good and some is not great at all. Check reviews and be clear about what your farm business needs. Please add comments below to […]

Could you take 10-15m for this feedback? The Texas Center for Local Food has been part of a group working on a draft food charter for central Texas and we’ve been asked to gather feedback from folks around the region. This draft charter is intended as a general statement outlining the intentions of the (future) […]

Do you see an important gap in the sustainable agriculture information available today? Do you know of information from SARE-funded research or education projects that could help fill this gap if it were widely available in an easy-to-use information product? If so, SARE wants to hear from you! [SARE is Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education]. Please […]

We did it!  We produced a terrific report showing key metrics demonstrating the positive impact of farmers markets in the Austin area.  Here are some highlights from the media coverage. If you know of more media coverage, please add them in the comments below. Hays Free Press, Local area farmers markets help generate $3.3M in sales Spectrum […]

The Texas Center for Local Food has been working with Iowa State University since 2018 to develop a training program for local food leadership and community food systems development. We’re interested in learning about similar resources, so as we discover training programs, we’ll keep an updated list in this article. Please add comments to the […]