Gardening and Cooking Classes

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The for-fee classes and free trainings listed here are held at SFC’s facilities. All proceeds from our for-fee offerings support our free programs and efforts to improve access to nutritious, affordable food for low-income residents and communities facing health disparities and food insecurity in and around Central Texas.

To find out more about our free Grow Local "Intro to Food Gardening Class Series", contact For info on our free The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® "Community Cooking Class Series", contact

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Feb. 23 9am-12pm | Mar. 2 9am-12pm. If you are a new gardener or new to gardening in Central Texas then this class is just for you. This 2-part series combines hands-on activities and classroom discussion to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to start and maintain an organic, sustainable food garden. Whether you hope to garden in a yard, on a balcony, or at a community garden, this class series will give you a strong foundation for growing your own food.
Feb 26, 6:00-8:00pm & Feb 27, 6:00-8:00pm. This 2-part training is for teachers, parents, and community members interested in starting (or reviving) and sustaining a school or a community garden. Teachers may register for free (see event details for instructions).
2:00-4:00pm. Are you considering home beekeeping? Do you want to find out if you are ready to make the commitment? Spring is the time to get your honeybee hive started! Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey will lead an informative class on the science of bees and beekeeping basics. You will also learn about the importance of native bees and how to attract them to your garden.
6:30pm - 8:30pm. Fermentation is one of the oldest and easiest ways to preserve food. Naturally fermented foods have an added bonus: their live probiotic cultures are very good for you! In this class, SFC Farmers' Market vendor Boulanger Fermentations will show you how to make homemade fermented sauerkraut. You will learn the stages of fermentation, troubleshooting common problems, and how to store your sauerkraut when it is ready.
6:30-8:30pm. Plant-based cooking can be simple, affordable, and delicious! Learn how to make a fresh, tasty, nourishing meal from entirely plant-based ingredients, and get tips and tricks for incorporating more healthy plant-based foods into your diet.
10am-12pm. Indian food is famous for its spice-filled flavors, but the variety of spices and techniques used in Indian cooking can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Join Akshaya, from My Ayurvedic Kitchen, as she opens up her spice box and teaches you about the healing potential of spices and herbs.
6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to slice, dice, chop and chiffonade like a pro. You'll go home with a ready-to-use vegetable bounty, and recipes that use those veggies!
11am-1pm. Join JoAnn Smotherman, from Eden's Cove Farm, as she shares her expertise and teaches you the beginners guide to curing! JoAnn will demo the basics of home meat curing and how to make your own in-house bacon with local pork.
6:30-8:30pm. Join SFC Farmers' Market vendor Ben Hollander, from Casper Fermentables, and learn the art and craft of fermenting and preserving. In this class, you will learn how to make safe, healthy, and delicious kombucha that is full of beneficial acids and probiotics. Ben will also show you how to make Kimchi and other vegetable preserves from the local area.

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