Farmshare Austin, a 501(c)3, is accelerating organic farming knowledge to scale organic food access in Central Texas.
Our work is guided by four key areas of focus:
Our pilot educational program, Farmer Starter, will focus on giving aspiring farmers the knowledge they need to run a sustainable farming business. The program will emphasize sustainable and organic growing methods as well as practical business and financial skills to establish a successful market farm. We plan to donate yields from our inaugural Farmer Starter class to the Sustainable Food Centers Happy Kitchen Program.
Farmshare Austin will also sponsor on-farm educational activities for youth and adult audiences to promote knowledge of organic farming and local food production. Program development is forthcoming and will likely be run in partnership with area partners.
In order to compliment our educational programs, we will support, promote, and/or conduct on-farm and partnered research on sustainable and organic farming practices.
We are committed to ensuring that careful natural resource management is a priority for Central Texas. We are working to develop strategies to improve (long-term) availability, access, and use of environmental resources required for farming.
The result of all of our combined efforts will improve the availability of healthy, sustainably produced food, to portions of the population that currently have the least access to it. Several programs are under development that will help address cultural and cost barriers.