“The driving principle here is insane levels of sustainability,” Dorsey Barger says of HausBar Farms.
A gem hidden off the beaten path in East Austin, Dorsey and her wife Susan Hausmann found the two acres of land in 2009 that would be their beloved farm and garden. Barger owned East Side Cafe for twenty years before realizing she needed a different challenge. The pair turned a lot full of junk into a paradise with a plethora of vegetables, animals, and the ethos of sustainability at its core.
Dorsey stresses that everything is completely pesticide and gas-free, all fifty-one vegetable beds were dug by hand and taken care of with as much care for the environment and local community as possible. When you hear Dorsey speak about the farm, you can tell how much she cares about every single millimeter of the farm, from the okra, marigold, bananas (yes, Texas grown bananas!), and her brood of animals (make sure to say hi to Gustavo the Gus for some kisses and his personal tour of the farm).
HausBar works directly with restaurants to up the ante on their seasonal menus. Drop the the name to any local chef and they’ll know who you’re talking about, singing the praises of this urban farm. Dorsey has credited “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan as a major inspiration for the open educational tours they provide. The science behind upholding HausBar is fascinating and she's more than willing to further explain the ecosystems that make the farm what it is today.