Category Archives: Events

Fair Food Austin – Now is the Time!

Now is the Time!Hello All,

We bring you exciting news from the national front veritably transforming our nation’s agricultural industry!

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, on the heels of inking a far-reaching agreement with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer — now the 12th multi-billiondollar food company committed to working together with CIW to implement its groundbreaking Fair Food Program, ensuring higher pay & a multitude of new rights & labor protections for tomato harvesters — is holding a major protest this weekend in Florida!

A caravan of Texas-based CIW supporters — from San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley & Austin — leaves early Thursday to join Florida farmworkers for a 24-hour vigil and march held in the HQ town of Publix, the largest supermarket chain in the southeast corner of the country.  Our Texas caravan includes members of Workers Defense Project and the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition as well as students and community members.

Upon the caravan’s return, we will be hosting a gathering of people interested in advancing the CIW’s campaign here in Austin!  Join us on Monday, March 24th at 5:30 PM at Monkeywrench Books, located at 110 E. North Loop (basically 53rd St., a few blocks west of Duval).

Already, there is preliminary discussion of organizing a protest at a local Wendy’s (the only major fast food chain to not have yet signed with CIW) in the coming weeks as well as a pro-CIW party around International Workers’ Day, the first weekend in May.  Please join us to collectively consider and develop these and other ideas!

Also, in case you’d like to make a financial gift to assist our Texas caravan as they head to reinforce the ranks of Immokalee farmworker supporters, a donation can be made here — and will be genuinely appreciated!

Looking forward to meeting with many of you Monday after next, the 24th, as we plot farmworker solidarity efforts here in Austin,


Kandace Vallejo, Jordan Buckley, Heather Vega for Austin Fair Food

A Sense of Place

In the long, proud tradition of southern literature, writers have often drawn on the region’s unique natural heritage for inspiration and insight—from the haunting cypress swamps of Georgia, to the tall mountains of western North Carolina, to the rolling fields of the Virginia piedmont. As the South grows and changes, southern writers are increasingly exploring the relationship between nature and man. SELC’s Reed Environmental Writing Award honors these storytellers who capture in words our landscapes and traditions in transition.

A Sense of Place

Amplify Austin for Meals on Wheels and More

March 20-21, 2014

Amplify AustinMeals on Wheels and More

Did you know that the Austin area has the second fastest growing senior citizen population in the nation? This explosive growth means demand for Meals on Wheels and More’s life-sustaining services will continue to grow as the number of older adults living here increases. Your generous support of our mission helps us meet that need and allows our clients to stay in their own homes instead of living in an assisted living facility.

Changing the Way We Eat

Changing The Way We Eat

TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat” will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming.  As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. Speakers include Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, LAUSD Director David Binkle, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others.

The event will be webcast worldwide live from New York City on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:30am-6:30pm EST.

Rather than watch the webcast alone at your computer, why not host a viewing party; invite friends over so you can join the discussion and join the global Twitter conversation @TEDxManhattan (hashtag #TEDxMan) or engage on our Facebook page.

Change how you eat, change the world!

Change how you eat, change the world!A better-food movement is spreading across our country. And you can be a part of it.

The new documentary, Food Patriots, follows average American families who are changing how and what they eat – and having fun doing it. You don’t have to be a farmer, earthy-crunchy or an activist. You just have to commit to eating 10 percent local and sustainable, and things will start changing.

We’ll be streaming this film on the Internet for FREE at 7 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Feb. 26th. Afterward, we’ll be holding a Twitter chat with the filmmakers, Consumers Union staff and other organizations on ways we can all get involved and make a difference.

Register here, and we’ll remind you before the film begins so you don’t miss it.

A Place at the Table

On Feb. 20, the UVa Food Collaborative is showing “A Place at the Table,” cosponsored with Market Central and Whole Foods. This film wakes us all up to the fact of prevalent hunger/food insecurity, this time not in developing poor nations across the globe, but in widespread neighborhoods of our own notably wealthy nation. Featuring Jeff Bridges, a long-time hunger activist, it follows three Americans and their challenges dealing not with any shortage of food overall but with poverty and “food desert” areas that ironically contribute to obesity.

Join us at Nau Hall 101 for a Whole Foods reception just outside 101 in Manley Commons at 5:30-6:00, the film at 6:00 pm, and a rich panel of experts following the film at 7:30. Bring your comments/questions for Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of the Agriculture School, VSU, and primary author of the newly released “Food Desert Report for Virginia“; Dominic Barrett of Shalom Farms, Richmond, and of the Va. Food System Council; and Ryan Blosser, a JMU permaculture educator and creator of Project GROWS and Dancing Star Farm, Waynesboro. We’ll hear about the Food Desert Report, called for by last spring’s General Assembly, and now being rolled out to State administration, legislators, and other stakeholders. Moderated by Paul Freedman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics.

EASY FREE PARKING: lot adjacent to NAU Hall. From JPA turn onto Brandon; Brandon is approximately across JPA from the back of Old Cabell Hall, slightly in the direction of the hospital. After turning on Brandon, the lot will be on the right.