2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Small Farms Can Feed Lots of People: A How-To

Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St


Currently less than 2% of the food that people buy in Austin is from small farmers. Nationwide, farmers markets are the fastest growing way that people are buying their food. There are a number of small farms in the Austin area that need support to survive and to continue bringing fresh food to the local people. Conversations about these topics are important to inspire people to be part of the movement in the community outside their front door.

To have this conversation in a public forum is a meaningful way to educate and excite the public, as well as connect those who are already committed. The production and consumption of food is related to all of the major environmental problems the planet faces as population grows and the climate warms. Only if people at large make changes together can we make a difference, so we hope to both educate and engage with this panel.This panel will focus on Austin, but can be applied to communities and food systems around the U.S.


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Andrew Smiley

Deputy Dir

Sustainable Food Center

Nathan Heath


Phoenix Farms

Nathan Heath is co-owner with his wife Shayda and mother, Cindy, of Phoenix Farms in Bastrop, TX. Together with their two young children they have farmed the 11 acres since 2010. Over the past fo...

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Robyn Metcalfe

Dir The Food Lab at UT

UT Food Lab

Sam Hellman-Mass


Odd Duck

Sam Hellman-Mass is the co-founder of both Barley Swine and Odd Duck, two of Austin’s critically-acclaimed and most popular restaurants. He currently works as a chef and food buyer at Odd Duck and...

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