When you think about urban farms, you think about Boggy Creek, with its rows of organic crops and quaint vegetable stand filled with seasonal produce. It sits back from the road on five sprawling acres and offers parking. There’s a chicken coop and a flower bed. There are fresh eggs for sale. The wood-frame farmhouse is outright charming. Shopping there is like taking a walk back in time, as if time itself is slowed on the farm in the heart of bustling surroundings. Few would object to living next door to that kind of urban farm.
But HausBar Farms has put a new kind of urban farm on the map, one that includes a small-scale slaughterhouse operation for chickens. On the farm, chickens were being processed and sold, and their remains composted. It is situated in an East Austin residential neighborhood. And under recommendations by the Austin Planning Commission, an urban farm that runs a chicken slaughterhouse could set up next door to any Austin resident’s home. Got that?
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