scholarship: TOFGA annual conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: January 9th, 2015

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Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas from January 29th-31st. This conference offers discussions on a variety of topics of utmost importance to farmers and gardeners in Central Texas with organic growing practices and organic advocates.

 

There will be breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and the option for attendees to concentrate on a specific topic of interest by following any of six different tracks, from Organic 101 to Advanced Producer. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the conference, please visit the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website.

 

The scholarship will cover the full cost of registration.

 

For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit a completed application below. The deadline for submissions is January 9th. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

 

For any questions about this opportunity please contact Hannah Kane, Scholarships Coordinator (hannah@slowfoodaustin.org).

 

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2014 snailblazer award

Our Snailblazer Award is the highest honor given to recognize individuals that exemplify the Slow Food movement’s ideals of “Good, Clean, and Fair.” In honor of his considerable and distinctive work as one of Austin’s most treasured local food pioneers, Eric Polzer of Wink received our 2014  Snailblazer Award. The award was presented at our Grub Trivia event held on Sunday, August 17. Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler of Boggy Creek Farm, our 2013 Snailblazer honorees, presented the award.

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Eric acts as the chef de cuisine and forager of Wink, an Austin dining institution for more than a dozen years and one of the first area restaurants to embrace local sourcing.

“Chef Eric Polzer was one of the first Austin chefs to realize that fine dining relies on quality ingredients – fresh and organic – to be truly ‘fine,’” said Carol Ann Sayle, Boggy Creek Farm co-owner and recipient of the 2013 Snailblazer Award. “Once he discovered our tomatoes, he was at the farm five days a week because Wink’s very popular shrimp-stuffed tomato appetizer depended on the flavor of the tomato as well as the shrimp. Through the years, Eric remains a staunch supporter of local farmers, ranchers, and dairymen.”

Actively sourcing sustainably and locally, Eric visits Boggy Creek Farm, among many other local purveyors and suppliers, twice a week to create the restaurant’s changing daily menu. He’s been a major driving force and influence in gaining awareness around the Slow Food movement and creating a dining culture in Austin that supports it. As Carol Ann puts it, he’s one of the first Austin chefs to “really ‘get’ the connection between the soil and the plate.”

scholarship: farfa 8th annual farm and food leadership conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Sunday August 31, 2014

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Slow Food Austin is offering two scholarships to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance 8th annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference in Bastrop, Texas on September 15th and 16th . This conference focuses on the policies that affect our local farms and food production, bringing together experts on a wide range of topics including GMOs, raw milk, urban farming, and more. 

There will be panel discussions, talks by local farmers and sustainable food system advocates, and many opportunities to network with local activists. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the Summit, please visit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Website.

The scholarship will cover the full cost of registration. 
 
For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit a completed application below. The deadline for submissions is August 31. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

For any questions about this opportunity please contact Hannah Kane, Scholarships Coordinator (hannah@slowfoodaustin.org).

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scholarship: chefs collaborative sustainable food summit

Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, August 11, 2014

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Slow Food Austin is offering a full scholarship to the Chefs Collaborative’s 6th Annual Sustainable Food Summit, September 28-30, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. This three-day conference brings together hundreds of chefs and professionals from the food industry for the opportunity to connect, get inspired, and discuss how professionals in the food industry can improve the national food system.

 
The schedule is packed with good meals, talks and discussions led by prominent chefs, producers, and farmers, and hands-on sessions, such as tastings and foraging. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the Summit, please visit the Chefs Collaborative website.
 

The scholarship will cover the full cost of registration and include a stipend of $500 for travel and lodging. The scholarship recipient will be reimbursed upon receipt of purchase of travel and lodging.

For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit a completed application below. The deadline for submissions is August 11th. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

For any questions about this opportunity please contact Hannah Kane, Scholarships Coordinator (hannah@slowfoodaustin.org).

 

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ark of taste seedling giveaway, 3/29/2014 and 3/30/2014

Dates and Locations: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the SFC Sunset Valley and Downtown Farmers’ Markets at the Confituras booth at each location (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) AND Sunday, March 30, 2014 at HOPE Farmers Market at the info booth (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)

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Slow Food Austin has been nurturing plants from several varieties of seeds. All seeds are Slow Food Ark of Taste plants, which are delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. We hope that you come by to get a FREE plant to care for or just to learn more about these foods!

scholarship opportunity for farm to cafeteria conference

Scholarship Application Deadline (Extended!): Monday, March 31, 2014.

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Slow Food Austin is offering one full conference scholarship to the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, April 15 – 18, 2014. “The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up will convene a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement—more than 1,000 food service professionals, farmers, educators, youth leaders, policy makers, advocates, state/federal agency professionals, entrepreneurs, public health professionals and others—working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.”

For an opportunity to win the scholarship, please complete our application below and submit by Monday March 31. The recipient will be announced on Monday, April 7th.

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scholarship opportunity for the 2014 TOFGA conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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Slow Food Austin is offering two scholarships, each for a full conference pass ($225), to 2014 Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Conference in Houston on January 30 through February 2.  TOFGA supports the people who produce and provide organic and sustainable food in Texas and provides education and marketing support to the organic and sustainable producers of Texas.

For an opportunity to win a scholarship, please complete our application below and submit by Tuesday, January 21. Two scholarship recipients will be announced on Wednesday, January 22.

 

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scholarship opportunity for the third international food studies conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, October 7, 2013.

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Slow Food Austin is excited to offer two scholarships, each for a full conference pass for city of Austin residents ($100), to the Third International Food Studies Conference at the University of Texas at Austin on October 15 – 16, 2013.  Food Studies is an international conference, a scholarly journal, a book series, and an online knowledge community. This knowledge community is brought together around a common interest in exploring new possibilities for sustainable food production and human nutrition. The aim is to consider the dimensions of a ‘new green revolution’ that will meet our human needs in a more effective, equitable, and sustainable way in the twenty-first century.

For an opportunity to win a scholarship, please complete our application below and submit by Monday, October 7. Two scholarship recipients will be announced on Tuesday, October 8.

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scholarship opportunity for 2013 farm and food leadership conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2013.

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Slow Food Austin is excited to offer two scholarships, each for a full conference pass ($90), to FARFA’s 2013 Farm and Food Leadership Conference on September 22-23, 2013 in Bastrop, Texas.  Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food.

For an opportunity to win a scholarship, please complete our application below and submit by Friday, September 13. Two scholarship recipients will be announced on Monday, September 16.

UPDATE: Scholarship recipients have been selected.

 

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2013 snailblazer award

Our Snailblazer Award is the highest honor given to recognize individuals that exemplify the Slow Food movement’s ideals of “Good, Clean, and Fair.” In honor of their considerable and distinctive work as organic food activists and pioneers of Austin’s urban farming community, Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler of Boggy Creek Farm  received the inaugural Snailblazer Award during our Grub Trivia event on Sunday, July 21. When our Leadership Board discussed creating this award months ago, we knew immediately that we wanted to celebrate the incredible influence that farmers have on our food community- we can’t eat local food without local farmers. Austin does a great job recognizing our local food stars and chefs, but, especially in light of recent proposed changes to the Urban Farm Code, we thought it was time to acknowledge the dedication and significance of organic farmers like Carol Ann and Larry.

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Beginning in the early 1990’s, a renaissance of agriculture in East Austin began just a few miles from downtown. In 1992, Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler bought five acres with a historic house from the 1840s.

East Austin, with its rich alluvial bottomland, attracted the farmers who followed Stephen F. Austin to Central Texas in the 1830s. The Smiths, Tannehills and others planted crops and built the large plantations along the Colorado River that eventually became the truck farms of the 1900’s. However, by the end of World War II, the farms became lots for houses and commercial enterprises as the growing population encroached on the once productive land. The beautiful soil, deposited over the millennia by Boggy Creek and the Colorado River was mostly paved over with asphalt or concrete.

The couple named their farm on Lyons Road after Boggy Creek. They began by rescuing the decomposing farmhouse and cleaning up the land, eventually bringing the farm back to life as one of the few truly urban farms in the nation.

Larry and Carol Ann host many educational tours and conduct new farmer workshops through the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) where they trade insights, practical advice, and personal stories with wry humor and passion. They regularly employ interns who have definite plans to farm and share all of their knowledge, successes and failures with them. Many of the interns have gone on to start successful farms of their own. Grandson Carson started helping in the fields and the farm stand last summer and has been joined by his brother Jack.

Larry has created a number of signature products that ranged from hot sauces and jams to smoky bean dip and tomato products. The most popular of his creations has been the Smoked Dried Tomatoes that were featured on the Food Network and in Saveur Magazine.  Not only have home cooks come to the farm stand, but, over the years, many local restaurateurs seeking local produce have attended the market.

The farmers won Edible Austin‘s Local Heroes Award in 2008, 09, 10 and 11. The Austin Chronicle gave them the “Best Urban Farm” award in 1994, which amused Larry and Carol Ann so much that they purchased and installed the award banner on the farm stand barn. After all, they were the ONLY urban farm in Austin at the time.  They were recently honored by TOFGA with the Sustainable Agriculture Hero Award.

Over the years, Boggy Creek Farm became a place not just for amazing food, but also for fundraisers for organizations like Green Corn Project and AIDS Services’ Project Transitions. Twice, decedents of the Siegmund-Linscomb family, who owned the farm from 1902 to 1979, have gathered there.

“We feel like the farm is successful because we keep doing it, and we are passionate about the health of the soil,” said Carol Ann Sayle, co-owner of Boggy Creek Farm. “We’ll never get rich, but we eat well, get regular exercise (in all kinds of weather), and enjoy the company of our dedicated employees and the folks who come to the farm stand market days.”