Last year, the city shut down the East Austin urban farm where Dorsey Barger raised, slaughtered and sold chickens. Her neighbors complained about the smell and officials cited her for several code violations — cutting off Barger’s livelihood and spawning a debate about the proper place for farming in the city.
Now a panel has recommended expanding Austin’s current and vague urban farm code with changes that could boost the city’s grow local, eat local movement — and put Barger’s HausBar Farms back in business.
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The Austin Planning Commission will consider the urban farm recommendations at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
What we reported
The Austin American-Statesman first reported in December on the conflict over the slaughtering of chickens at HausBar Farms. A few months later, the city tapped an advisory group to study and recommend changes to the urban farm ordinance.