Grow Up!: 5 Local Farms Feeding Austin
Featuring five local farms rooted in feeding the community.
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Boggy Creek Farm
The second oldest estate in Austin (after the French Legation) is the Boggy Creek Farm house. It, along with the land that surrounds it, has been documented as far back as 1840—it was noted by Sam Houston himself that the produce farmed here was first-rate. Over 177 years later, it still is.
For the past few decades, Boggy Creek Farm has been owned and run by husband-and-wife duo Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle. They began their farming career on 15 acres in Mallum county—the location at which they learned how to grow vegetables and put food on the table. In 1991, they made the decision to go commercial, so the couple bought this storied house in East Austin with a fervor to fix it up.
Early on, Sayle and Butler gained some momentum in the industry by selling produce to Whole Foods Market, and with a farm stand in front of Wiggy’s Liquor Store on Sixth Street. These days, though, buyers will come straight to Boggy Creek Farm to get what they need. At the in-house market, visitors can purchase produce, eggs, meat, cuts of wood that comes from their property in Mallum county, or one of Sayle’s skillfully crafted paintings.Boggy Creek Farm could be considered more than just a farm; Sayle likens it to a health center. She says they encounter a lot of people who are either terrified of cancer, or they have it, so they’re trying to clean up their diet by shopping at the farm stand. It’s one of the many reasons Sayle works so diligently to keep everything in its best condition—from feeding the chickens the finest feed, to using a no-till approach that favors regenerative agriculture. There’s no doubt that practices such as these will keep Boggy Creek Farm healthy for another hundred years
Affiliated Cause: Green Corn Project
You can do it, too! With the help of this nonprofit, any Central Texas resident can build and grow their own organic vegetable garden. GCP installs organic food gardens for elderly, low-income, and disabled community members as well as for elementary schools, community centers, and shelters in underserved areas of Austin. They also turn unused land into garden beds that provide food, education, and a sense of accomplishment and pride for all involved in their creation and maintenance. For 18 years, Boggy Creek Farm hosts the annual Fall Festival in which the proceeds go to Green Corn Project.
Wednesday thru Saturday 8 a.m.–1 p.m.