September 26, 2016
Did y’all know Texas has fire ants?! I think I may have vaguely heard of them here or there, but we don’t have them in Iowa, so why pay close attention?! Well, I’ll tell you why you should pay attention…because they live up to their name!
I met up with these tiny red devils at Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas. Boggy Creek is home to Carol Ann Sayle and her husband Larry. Decades ago this couple - an artist and real estate professional - combined their love of gardening and some good business sense to create what is now a landmark urban farm. It is in fact, one of the first urban farms in the country that is still operating. It sits on a historic site, with their home at the heart of the farm being the second oldest house in Austin, Texas, at 125 years young.
This was actually my second trip to the famed Boggy Creek to meet Carol Ann. Others in the area know the farm as a legend and refer to Carol Ann as the mother of urban farming. A fitting title for the FarmHer who raises delicious produce while operating a successful business and training future FarmHers at the farm.
On the day I visited Boggy Creek, Carol Ann walked me around the beautiful farm, showing me all of the delicious and much sought after produce. Harvest was going on while we were there, and the crew was getting ready for the on-farm stand to be open the next day. As we were walking around the farm, I think somewhere between the Dandelion greens and the peppers (it’s kind of a blur), that’s where I met the little devil ants!
Following that excitement Carol Ann showed me around her historic farmhouse and the new in construction but old in design Texas Dog Trot guest house. The dog trot house is filled with beautiful wood creations ranging from furniture to countertops, all locally sourced and constructed by Larry. The trip to Boggy Creek finished with a visit back the next morning to the Farm Stand where I was able to see first hand the beautiful, delicious and nutritious produce grown at the farm and meet some of the local chefs and other patrons who support the farm and enjoy the fruits of Carol Ann’s labor.
It was my pleasure to meet this iconic FarmHer who has not only grown good food for generations of Texans but also has helped inspire a generation of new FarmHers! Watch the video clips of the visit here.
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