This is part of a series of posts from participants in the Texas Local Food Anti-Racism training by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Together we are creating an anti-racist food system in Texas. My name is Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, I’m originally from Monterrey, Mexico, but I’ve called Austin home for the past […]

From our friends at The Counter, this excellent overview of the history of Black farmers and current actions to dismantle racism in our food system. Farmers market managers take note and count on us at the Texas Center for Local Food to support your shift to a more diverse customer base. “… the recent movement […]

Farmer Market Managers Highlights (full report is here) In 2019, Farmers Market Managers operated 8,140 farmers markets. The largest number of markets operated during June through September. The month of July was the highest month of operation, followed closely by August, with 71.9 percent and 71.8 percent, respectively. Twenty-one percent of the markets operated year […]

I was honored to represent Texas on the advisory team for the National Good Food conference this year. The conference was in New Orleans March 10-13.. yes in 2020. Those early days of the COVID-19 pandemic hampered us a bit — no hugging 🙁 — but the sessions and keynote panels were so engaging, it […]

MEDIA RELEASE August 18, 2020 Contact(s): Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food, 512-496-1244 Courtney Long, program manager, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program,, 515-460-3227 ELGIN, TEXAS – A growing number of practitioners across the US are working to create and enhance thriving, equitable local and regional food systems. These food system […]

Whether you’re starting a new farmers market or building shared use commercial kitchen to support your downtown, the Council of Development Finance Agencies’ (CDFI) Food System Finance Initiative has excellent research and webinar series to guide you. Keep in mind that “food initiatives” aren’t always about local farms or Texas agriculture. Lots of “local food” […]

August 2-8 is National Farmers Market Week!  Farmers markets are one of the safest places to shop so grab your mask and get on over to your local market this week! The Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) is honored to be the new statewide partner of the Farmers Market Coalition. When you become a member of […]

We are honored to have our work during the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted in an informative pierce by Jenni Lee of Austin KVUE News. Here’s the video on YouTube. Molly Alexander of the Downtown Austin Alliance interviewed Texas Center for Local food director, Sue Beckwith for National Fruits and Vegetables month. Check out this 9m video […]