The Texas Hill Country Olive Company is set once again to celebrate all things olives, along with local foods, wines, art and live music, at the landmark Tuscan-styled Tasting Room and Mill House set in the middle of 17 acres of Hill Country acreage-turned-organic olive orchard in Dripping Springs. In this online series, meet some of the local providers coming together on Saturday, April 5th, to present the 2nd Annual Texas Olive Festival. Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Sustainable Food Center. Here is SFC Development Director, Angela Osborn:
WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION DO?
Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
For almost 40 years, SFC has been a leader in the movement to promote community health and prevent diet-related disease breaking down barriers to fresh, nutritious, affordable food. From our roots in community gardens to our thriving agora of local products at the SFC Farmers’ Market.
Recognitions include: Environmental Achievement, National Awards for Environmental Sustainability Council; 2011 Texas Health Champion Award, Presented By The
Michael & Susan Dell Center For Healthy Living And Live Smart Texas, For Mobilizing Community Efforts To Prevent And Reduce Obesity And Promote Physical Activity And Nutritional Health; SFC Farmers’ Market, “Ten Best Farmers’ Markets in the Country,” Green Living; SFC Farmers’ Market, Largest Certified Growers Only Farmers’ Market in Texas; The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™, “Best Social Service Program,” Austin Chronicle; Community Nutrition Promotion Award, Diabetes Council and the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department.
WHAT WILL SFC BE DOING AT THE TEXAS OLIVE FESTIVAL?
We are not providing foods but we are bringing presence and volunteers.
We believe partnering with Texas Olive Fest advances the goals of sustainable, local agriculture, to strengthen our economic, environmental and physical health for generations to come.
WHY IS THIS EVENT IMPORTANT TO THE LOCAL SUSTAINABLE FOOD MOVEMENT?
SFC is thankful for events that allow individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant, local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of our community and our environment.
Food is the future. Click here to support the future of our local food community.
Sustainable Food Center 2921 E. 17th Street, Building C Austin, TX 78702
Advance discount tickets for the Texas Olive Festival are available online at:
Visit the Texas Hill Country Olive Company online to learn more about the Adopt-A-Tree program, and shop a full line of artisanal organic olive oils, flavor-infused balsamic vinegars and olive-based spa products:
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