Ur­ban farm, neigh­bor col­lide in East Austin

Com­plaint prompts city re­view of op­er­a­tion sell­ing meat, eggs.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ri­cardo Gán­dara rgan­dara@states­man.com Farm

On her 2 acres in East Austin, Dorsey Barger, a self­pro­fessed fa­natic about com­post­ing, re­cy­cling and reusing, lives what she calls an “idyl­lic” life, her own lit­tle ver­sion of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world, she says.

Her sus­tain­able prac­tices of ur­ban farm­ing pro­duce or­ganic veg­eta­bles, fresh eggs and range-free chick­ens that are sold lo­cally and served at Austin restau­rants. Her farm­fresh food, very much a part of the grow lo­cal and sell lo­cal move­ment, gets to the din­ner ta­ble on far less fuel than su­per­mar­ket sup­pli­ers use.

“I’m ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with what I do,” Barger said. “It’s a mo­ral obli­ga­tion to de­crease the prob­lem of global warm­ing.”

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