Farmshare Austin believes that access to good food is a basic human right with Food Access as one of the pillars of our mission. Many systematic barriers such as geography and economic opportunity affect a person’s ability to access good food, disproportionately affecting communities of color, women and children, and the elderly. Farmshare’s Food Access work seeks to reduce these barriers. We distribute produce from Farmshare’s educational farm to our community through a variety of programs:
Mobile Farmer’s Market
Since fall 2016, Farmshare Austin operates mobile farm stands in Austin and Del Valle. With a grant from the City of Austin, Farmshare Austin provides organic produce from our farm at reduced prices via the Fresh for Less Mobile Markets. The Mobile Markets also sell produce from other Texas farmers and shelf-stable goods like canned beans, olive oil, pasta and more.
Additional funding from H-E-B in 2017 will enable Farmshare to expand further in the Del Valle community.
Compared to traditional farmer’s markets, the Fresh for Less Mobile Markets provide fresh, organically-grown produce at reduced prices. To increase affordability, we accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and participate in the Sustainable Food Center Double Dollars Program, matching up to $30 per purchase so customers can buy more fruit and vegetables.
“Farmshare Austin has been working since our inception in 2014 to make healthy, local food accessible to everyone who wants it,” said Taylor Cook, Farmshare Austin’s Operations Director.
“The City of Austin is deeply invested in ensuring everyone in our community has access to the highest quality food possible, as well as supporting our robust local farming community,” said Edwin Marty, the City of Austin’s Food Policy Manager. “The mobile market being developed by Farmshare Austin can achieve multiple goals by addressing the common barriers for accessing healthy food – mainly price and proximity.”
Farmshare Austin will continue to work with the City of Austin and other partners such as H-E-B to sustain and grow the Mobile Market program.
Sharing Farmshare’s Produce
Farm to Work – Sustainable Food Center’s Farm to Work program connects local farmers, like Farmshare Austin, with employees at partner worksites. In season, Farmshare delivers a weekly basket of fresh produce straight from our farm to employees at our partner worksites.
Every month, Farmshare Austin donates produce to the SafePlace Campus, an organization that serves to “provide housing, healing, and support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and sexual assault and exploitation through prevention and intervention services.”
Farmshare Austin supplies produce to Blackshear Elementary in East Austin, which hosts the Friendly R. Rice farm stand on the third Friday of every month.