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 […]

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 […]

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 […]