Remember when bats were vermin, musicians were slackers, and organic farmers were hippies? My, have perceptions changed. Austin farmers are now superheroes and our city is saturated with farm-to-work, farm-to-school, and — my personal favorite — farm-to-face interests.
Everyone — cosmetologists included — wants in on the local farm fantasy. Who can resist dewy photos of handsome farmers glistening in lush fields of organic vegetables, a towheaded toddler at their hip? My husband posed for these photos when we started our community-based organic farm in East Austin almost 10 years ago. We were flattered at first. Having given up the comforts of our public health careers to start a farm from scratch, we naively thought folks would clamor for a healthier, tastier local option.