Carol Ann Sayle

Carol Ann Sayle is co-founder and co-owner of Boggy Creek Farm, a five-acre urban, organic farm in Austin, Texas.

  • For Spring, Outdoor Dining, but Also Rain

    An outdoor meal for 54 -- yes, 54 -- is threatened by the coming Texas rains. But the show must go on. Starting with strawberry cocktails, here are the dinners 11 full courses, all of native Texan cuisine.

  • The USDA Visits the Hen House

    Austin's small farmers prepare to protest a food safety regulation that could burden them unfairly. The author explains why the National Animal Identification System could invade her privacy, increase the amount of work she has to do, and cut into her bottom line if it's enacted.

  • The Tomato Plant's Mischievous, Tiny Foe

    A welcome rainstorm after a stretch of drought leaves the farm brimming with life and ushers in a period of happiness and harmony. But a visit from some tomato-loving pests that leave pollen-like markings on the plants they attack ruins the honeymoon.

  • Poppies are Weeds, But You Gotta Love 'Em

    What to do when beautiful weeds compete with lucrative but less eye-catching flowers? The author struggles to pull out plants that are pleasing to the eye but understands that the farm can't survive when it's weedy. She ends of saving a few bunches, just for beauty's sake.

  • Movie-Star Chickens, Adjusting to Farm Life

    Three actor-chickens were left at the farm after the filming of an indie movie wrapped up. They've miraculously escaped the fate of factory farms, but it's clear they miss the spotlight, so they try to grab attention any way they can.

  • Recipe: Rhubarb with Berries and Candied Ginger

    A simple spring dessert of bakes rhubarb and fresh berries, topped with whipped créme fraîche and candied ginger

  • Rhubarb: Dessert From the Farm

    The challenge: to grow Rhubarb, a northern crop, in Texas. Yanks love it in pies. It can also be in pudding or, with this recipe from Deborah Madison, made with berries and candied ginger.

  • Austin's Funky Chicken Coop Tour

    Over 250 aspiring "chickenists" visit the hen house in honor of the city's first Funky Chicken Coop Tour, and the author finds out first-hand what life is like inside the coop.

  • Is There New Interest in Production Farms?

    In cosmopolitan Austin, surprisingly high interest among locals in a reals working farm calls attention to changing values. Some, it seems, are seeking to repossess the knowledge and skills, once common, of their subsistence farmer ancestors.

  • A Visit From the Rooster Hobo

    Recession-minded city folk are buying chicken eggs. Surprise, surprise--some of the baby chicks turn into roosters, which make a lot of noise. Those urban roosters get abandoned, and often end up here, where they cause real trouble in the henhouse.

  • Planting, with a Helping Hen

    Aided by Tootie J. Tootums, head hen of the Henhouse, tucking in 1,400 baby heirloom tomato plants that, in a few months time, will delight even the most discerning tomato aficionados.

  • The Happy Disbelief of Our First Rain

    An unfamiliar sound in the early morning hours brings the promise of relief from a year-long drought. Rain, after three long months, finally has finally arrived on the Texas farm. Stunned family and friends barely know what to do with themselves.

  • Aphids, Tiny Harlots On the Loose

    Multiplying prolifically, they're the scourge of farms, flying in on gusty, dry north winds. Or they are placed on the vegetable plants by their pimps, the fire ants. We cannot abide the aphids, as they obviously don't possess morals, and are greedy to boot.

  • Onesy: The Little Hen That Could

    A small red hen named Onesy survives the skunk attack that killed her sisters -- but barely, and she becomes an outcast among her competitive cousins. But a bit of help and nurturing puts her back in the pecking order.

  • Compost: Come On In, It's Warm Inside

    The pile doesn't care if it's Sunday morning and you're tired. It's hot and it wants to be turned. A compost pile is full of living beings, you know, and while the tiny critters don't complain, they do want to keep on living. Getting down and dirty on the farm.

  • Little Farm in the Big City

    Boggy Creek Farm has been thriving in Austin for generations. Farming just two miles from downtown isn't always easy, but it is well worth it. Running the stand at the Austin farmers market and getting to know the regular customers is just one of the many joys.

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Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

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Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

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The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

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Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

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Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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