Last Sunday, we joined a couple of friends and spent the afternoon exploring four farms in the East Austin Urban Farm Tour. Only a stone’s throw away from the soaring towers of downtown, Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Farm, Springdale Farm, and Rain Lily Farm are all unique in terms of how much land they have, how long they have been around for, or what they grow, but each is dedicated to bringing the freshest local produce and food to the Austin community. In fact, you can eat the produce from each farm at many restaurants in town, as well as check out their weekly farm stands or order a CSA through Farmhouse Delivery.
Our friends and I talked a lot about the economics of farming in the 21st century and whether these farms were profitable or just driven by a blind passion towards a better way of living and eating. We didn’t come up with any answers or look at any spreadsheets, but I just know that I’m lucky to live in a community that supports people living their dream of creating the best farm possible.