Drought + Development = No More Tecolote Organic Farm?
One of the mainstays of the Austin Farmers Market and, until recently, one of the more successful organic farms in the area, Tecolote Farm is in danger. Just east of town, near Manor and Webberville, its wells are apparently going dry – not only because of terrible heat and drought, but because the local community is sucking lots more water from the ground, for athletic fields and new houses. First reported by the Statesman in May, with an update done on KXAN-TV, courtesy of the Home Sweet Farm blog, this is another example of our priorities gone awry. According to the Sustainable Food Center, Texas is loosing prime farmland at a rate higher than any other state. Do you want your food to have to be shipped from California, or even China? The owners of Tecolote Farm are asking people to contact their Travis County Commissioner to express concern about water use in eastern Travis County and support for sustainable agriculture.