farm tour at new leaf agriculture with the multicultural refugee coalition, 11/9/2019

Date: Saturday November 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 17312 Littig Rd, Elgin, TX 78621
Tickets: $23.00 please purchase online in advance

Attend both of our November Farm Tours, and get a FREE Slow Food Austin hat! (See our Farm Tour at Farmshare on 11/2.)

Join us for our Fall farm tour with farm-fresh snacks at New Leaf Agriculture.

Their Mission:
Connect refugees to sustainable farming opportunities by operating community gardens and a commercial farm.

New Leaf Agriculture is a nonprofit social enterprise of MRC ( Multicultural Refugee Coalition). They support refugee families in 20 community garden plots around Austin, and just last year launched a commercial farm in nearby Elgin, TX. The New Leaf team employs organic, sustainable practices while training refugee farm apprentices for paid agricultural work that is dignified, in-demand and familiar from their countries of origin.

Meg Erskine will talk about the Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s work to create livelihood opportunities for refugees through social enterprise, including the New Leaf Farm. Established on a conservation easement, the farm grows directly for local makers and markets, as well as operating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription.

Directions:
New Leaf Farm
17312 Littig Road
Elgin, TX 78621

There is a small, white New Leaf Farm sign on the side of the road where you turn in. Parking will be along the dirt road in front of the open-sided barn.

farm tour at farmshare, 11/2/2019

Date: Saturday November 2nd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: 3608 River Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Tickets: $25.00 please purchase online in advance

Attend both of our November Farm Tours, and get a FREE Slow Food Austin hat! (See our Farm Tour at New Leaf Agriculture on 11/9.)

Join Slow Food Austin at Farmshare Austin this November 2nd. Assistant farm manager, Erin, worked as a chef before embarking on her farming journey. She’ll be preparing the farm snacks with food she and the rest of the Farmshare team grew. Team members from Farmshare are acting tour-guides, and refreshments are included.

Remember to wear close-toed shoes as we’ll be walking around the farm fields and orchard.

happy hour: bento picnic, 9/19/19

Date: Thursday, September 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Bento Picnic, 2600 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

Summer is flying by, and we’re excited to celebrate the last days of the season with our September happy hour. Come out to Bento Picnic for healthy, seasonal, locally-sourced snacks and ice-cold cider provided by Austin Eastciders for our attendees. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program, Farmer Relief Fund, and Community Garden grants.

scholarship opportunity to FARFA’s farm and food leadership conference 2019

Scholarship Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Farm and Food Leadership Conference 2019 from August 11 – 13 in San Marcos, Texas. FARFA is partnering with Texas State University’s Small Producers Initiative, which held its own conference the past two years, to offer an event with more workshops, sessions, speakers, and topics than ever.

This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.

For additional information about the conference, please visit the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance website.  The scholarship will cover the ticket for the conference, the Monday Farm-to-Table Dinner, and a travel stipend of $75. For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit the application below. The deadline for submission is Wednesday July 31st. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

As advocates and members of Slow Food Austin, we strongly encourage, but do not require, our applicants to be members of Slow Food USA. While this is not a requirement to apply to the FARFA conference scholarship, it is an additional way to stay up to date with current events in the community. To learn more about joining Slow Food USA, please click here.

For any questions about this opportunity please contact Lisa Lawless: president@slowfoodaustin.org.

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tomato dinner, 06/09/2019

Date: Sunday, June 9, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Eden East Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $95 dinner, $20 take-home tomato basket option, $10 take-home tomato basket option Please purchase online in advance.

We’re delighted to announce our Tomato Dinner 2019 at Eden East Farm. As always, our Annual Tomato Dinner will highlight a variety of types and preparations of home-grown tomatoes, at the height of the season, from the farm. The evening will begin with an appetizer and cocktail, followed by entree courses and dessert.

Participating restaurants and artisans include:

Justine’s
Dai Due
Eden East
Confituras
Vespaio
Bufalina Due
Barley Swine
Hillside Farmacy

Gates will open at 6:00 pm when passed appetizers will be served. The seated dinner will begin at 6:30pm.

Vegetarian options are available upon request. Please include request in comments with ticket purchase. No other substitutions or changes to the menu are permitted.

If you would like to volunteer at the Tomato Dinner, please contact president@slowfoodaustin.org.

farm tour at new leaf agriculture with the multicultural refugee coalition, 5/18/2019

Date: Saturday May 18th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 17312 Littig Rd, Elgin, TX 78621
Tickets: $23.00 please purchase online in advance

Join us for our Spring farm tour with farm-fresh snacks at New Leaf Agriculture.

Their Mission: Connect refugees to sustainable farming opportunities by operating community gardens and a commercial farm.

New Leaf Agriculture is a nonprofit social enterprise of MRC ( Multicultural Refugee Coalition). They support refugee families in 20 community garden plots around Austin, and just last year launched a commercial farm in nearby Elgin, TX. The New Leaf team employs organic, sustainable practices while training refugee farm apprentices for paid agricultural work that is dignified, in-demand and familiar from their countries of origin.

Meg Erskine will talk about the Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s work to create livelihood opportunities for refugees through social enterprise, including the New Leaf Farm. Established on a conservation easement, the farm grows directly for local makers and markets, as well as operating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription.

Directions:
New Leaf Farm
17312 Littig Road
Elgin, TX 78621

There is a small, white New Leaf Farm sign on the side of the road where you turn in. Parking will be along the dirt road in front of the open-sided barn.

happy hour: lenoir, 4/18/2019

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Lenoir wine garden, 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

Let’s celebrate spring under the live oaks in the wine garden at Lenoir. Enjoy wine and beer specials, and check out the locally-sourced options on the menu. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program and Farmer Relief Fund.

seedling social, 3/30/2019

Date: Saturday March 30th
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Confituras Little Kitchen, 2129 Goodrich Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Cost: $5 for adults, kids’ admission is FREE (Each advance-purchase ticket includes 5 raffle tickets for gift baskets. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 each or 12 tickets for $10.)

Slow Food Austin and PEAS: Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability are planning a fun Seedling Social garden party for adults and kids alike. Come out for food, fun, music, kids’ activities, gardening information, and learn all about Ark of Taste plants. We’ll have seedlings for you to take home and grow in your own garden, raffle prizes, a bar for grown-ups, and juices for kids.

Funds raised at this event will benefit both Slow Food Austin and PEAS. Ark of Taste seedlings are also being grown for use in school garden programs operated by PEAS. The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a living catalog of culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. By promoting growing and eating these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates.

Special thanks to Titos Handmade Vodka for operating the bar at our Seedling Social.

Thank you to Jugo for juices, High Dive for sparkling water, and The Infinite Monkey Theorem for wines and Shade Tree for organic lemonade.



scholarship opportunity for the 2019 tofga conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday January 25th, 2019



Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the 2019 TOFGA Annual Conference from February 14-16, 2019, in Corpus Christi, Texas. This conference focuses on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable measures. Hundreds of attendees from around the state are expected to come and build community around like-minded, sustainable practices.

The conference scholarship includes two days of learning sessions along with the Friday night banquet with keynote speaker Ellen Polishuk. These events will allow attendees to share ideas and network with their peers. For additional information about the conference, please visit the TOFGA Website

The scholarship will cover the ticket for the entire two day conference, the Friday night banquet, and a travel stipend of $250. For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit the application below. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 25, 2019. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

As advocates and members of Slow Food Austin, we strongly encourage, but do not require, our applicants to be members of Slow Food USA. While this is not a requirement to apply for the scholarship, it is an additional way to stay up to date with current events in the community. To learn more about joining Slow Food USA, please click here.   

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2018 beer and cheese tasting with 512 brewing and antonelli’s cheese

Date: Thursday, December 13th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: 512 Brewing Company, 407 Radam Lane, Austin, TX 78745
Tickets: $65 non-members, $55 Slow Food members, Purchase Online

Join us on Thursday December 13th for our Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop! Breads and other accompaniments will be served with the beer and cheese pairings.

This has become a mainstay in our annual scheduling. A Beer and Cheese Pairing…an homage to the bi-annual event held in Bra, Italy by Slow Food International, CHEESE.

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program.