Urban farming

Urban Agriculture
10:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Where Do We Grow From Here? Urban Farms and Gentrification in East Austin

Eastside graffiti near HausBar Farms asks a pressing question about the future of the rapidly changing neighborhood.
Phoebe Ann Flanigan for KUT News

Debate over whether urban farms contribute to the gentrification of Austin’s eastside was prolonged last month, when the Austin City Council decided to postpone a decision on changes to the city's urban farm rules. The council is slated to take action on that matter today.

Before their decision, a look at the issue from two standpoints: an examination of the gentrification debate, and a look at one urban farm in action.

Walk down the gravel path at 3300 Govalle Road and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the middle of the countryside. “It doesn’t even feel like you’re in the city of Austin,” says Dorsey Barger.

She would know: as a co-owner of HausBar Farms, she gets to live there.

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Urban Farms
3:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Austin's Urban Farm Proposals Have Some Neighbors Crying Foul

A chicken at Austin's Boggy Creek Farm. The city is currently mulling new code definitions of urban farms.
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After dishing the dirt for months, new regulations are in the offing for Austin's urban farms.

Last week, Austin’s Planning Commission recommended a set of revisions to the city’s urban farm ordinance. And while the proposed changes would establish stricter criteria on raising some livestock, some East Austin residents say the proposals don’t go far enough.

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University of Texas
6:05 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Something's Growing at the 'Micro Farm,' UT's Student-Run Garden

The UT Micro Farm east of campus will continue construction through the summer. When finished, it will sell some of its produce to Austin farm stands.
Gefei Liu for KUT News

Herbs and vegetables are growing at the University of Texas’ student operated micro farm.

At the backyard-sized farm, located off of Manor Road, a green house is still under construction. But farmers have planted tomatoes and herbs, including lavender and mint. Workers have about three months until the farm is completely set up.

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Austin
9:04 am
Tue September 25, 2012

East Austin Among America's 'Best Hipster Neighborhoods'

Events like South by Southwest, pictured above, have boosted Austin's street cred.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Earlier this year Forbes magazine ranked Austin the 19th Coolest City in America.

Normally this would be an honor, but the list also points out that we’re the fifth coolest city in the state behind Houston (no. 1), Dallas (no.4), San Antonio (no.11), and even Fort Worth (no.13), which all ranked higher than the Capital City on the coolness scale.

But late last week, Austin got some of its swagger back when Forbes ranked East Austin America’s Seventh Best Hipster Neighborhood

It's tempting to think the Forbes editors walked around the country, counting pairs of skinny jeans, denim vests and distressed flannel shirts. But the list was actually composed through a partnership with Nextdoor.com, which ranked the East Side as Austin's hottest hipster home base over South Congress and Travis Heights, and Walkscore.com, which tallied the number and proximity of coffee shops, food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants and more to pinpoint hip activity.

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Austin
3:32 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Slideshow: East Austin Community Garden Groundbreaking

Volunteers plant the first crops in the new community garden on Austin's east side.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

East Austin is getting a new community garden. The Sustainable Food Center of Austin broke ground today on Martin Luther King Boulevard, just west of Airport Boulevard. The community center will be equipped with gardens, a tool shed and a teaching pavilion.

Earl Maxwell is the CEO of the St. David’s Foundation, a non-profit partner in the construction of the garden. "It's about getting people outside, and getting their hands dirty and kids knowing that vegetables don't come from hands, they come from gardens," he says. "And so, we're just so happy to be a part of this."

The Sustainable Food Center says plots in the community garden will be available to the public in the fall.

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Austin
2:48 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Is That Coop Up to Code? City Reminds Urban Chicken Owners of Rules and Regulations

Hens and a rooster bide their time at Boggy Creek Farm.
Photo by Olivia Gordon for KUT News

Which came first: The chicken, or the city code?

The growing popularity of backyard chicken coops in Austin neighborhoods has prompted the City of Austin to release guidelines helping urban chicken owners from running afoul of the law.

It’s a reminder to chicken keepers of city codes restricting where and how owners can plant their coops.

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