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Fear & Loathing
Travis County says goodbye to a coyote-killing machine
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...The agency, citing an unnamed court order, also wouldn't provide addresses to both Travis County and Austin Water Utility. And in my own reporting, I received none of the Wildlife Services records requested under the Freedom of Information Act by the Department of Justice's recommended deadline..."

How Texas Is Texas Wine?
What “Truth in Labeling” means for Texas winemakers and vineyards
Food Story  April 27, 2017, by Veronica Meewes
"...Patrick Whitehead, owner of Blue Ostrich Winery in St. Jo, is one of the opponents who believes the current 75% law is necessary to allow winemakers the flexibility and creative freedom needed to craft blends...."

East Austin Urban Farm Tour Announces Lineup
Tickets on sale now for annual food crawl
DAILY Food  March 20, 2017, by Brandon Watson
"...So here's a style tip so those shortalls don't go to waste. Wear them with some beat-up Ropers to the East Austin Urban Farm Tour, Farmhouse Delivery's annual event benefiting the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance...."

East Austin Urban Farm Tour Announces Lineup
Eat at more than 20 restaurants on one Sunday
DAILY Food  April 5, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"... The four participating farms will also be offering guided tours of the properties and other educational opportunities (we are not counting Instagram photo-ops as “educational” opportunities, but you do you). The $55 ticket benefits the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and its work to support independent family farms...."

Playback: Doug Sahm for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The Austin Music Hall gets slated for teardown, the Roost closes while looking for a cash infusion, Backyard owner Tim O'Connor gets back in the concert game, and a Kickstarter campaign to get Doug Sahm into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Music Column  July 9, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Wildfire spins succinct and hard-edged with a prevailing thrust of personal freedom. In the band's more elaborate moments, they channel the whistles and whips of Morricone's spaghetti Western landscapes into Southwestern outlaw ballads..."

Can You Say EAUFT?
Spring is the time to tour Austin's urban farms
DAILY Food  April 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The proceeds of this year's tour will benefit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, a national nonprofit that advocates practical policies for small, independent family farms and ranches, supporting a healthy and productive food system for us all. The tour is $50 for adults, and kids 10 and under get in free..."

Let It Grow
The fifth annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour celebrates local farmers and chefs
Food Story  April 11, 2014, by Anna Toon
"...Proceeds will benefit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, a national organization that supports independent farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, and homesteaders while promoting policies for local and diversified agricultural systems. "The best chefs in the city of Austin not only give their time, but their reputation to this event in support of the local farming community and of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance who fought like hell for us," adds Barger..."

Where there's 'Smoke' ...
Food Column  April 11, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Hate that I missed Sunday's Vaca y Vino benefit for Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, but that means I'll have to make an extra effort to attend Austin's other favorite beef-centric cooking event, Live Fire! at the Salt Lick Pavilion on April 17. Tickets are still available at"

The Farm Report: Both Sides Win, Lose
After a bruising debate, urban farmers and neighborhood activists pick up the pieces
News Story  December 6, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Testimony was impassioned with both sides bringing out their heavy hitters. Advocates of the updated code included Paula Foore of Springdale Farm, the Natural Gardener's John Drom­goole, Judith McGeary of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, HausBar Farms neighbor Laura Smith, who provided a video compilation of interviews with neighbors of the farm, and Julian Limon Fernandez, who punctuated his testimony with serenading conjunto band Los Texas Wranglers...."

Urban Farms: Mediation Bears No Fruit
Compromise seems unlikely in debate
News Story  November 22, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...There were eight participants in Mon­day's private meeting, mediated by former state District Judge Bob Perkins. In support of the proposed revisions were Paula Foore of Springdale Farm, Judith McGeary of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Katherine Nicely of the Sustainable Food Policy Board, and Govalle Neighborhood Association Chair Nine Francois..."

Farm and Food Leadership Conference
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance hosts annual conference Sept. 22-23
DAILY Food  September 17, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Nonprofit leaders, farmers and ranchers, and local food activists will gather at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center (1408 Chesnut in Bastrop) on Sept. 22-23 for the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) annual conference...."

In Memoriam: Coyote Creek Farm Founder Jeremiah Cunningham
Celebration of Life planned for Friday, August 9
DAILY Food  August 7, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...His happy, healthy hens lay Jeremiah Cunningham's World's Best Eggs, named and classified as such because the ethics and quality of Jerry's hard work and beliefs are evident in every dozen. Jerry was active in Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Slow Money, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and Austin Permaculture Guild..."

Plowing Forward
Local food bills signed into law
DAILY Food  June 19, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...These bills undoubtedly increase support to small family farms, though the session was not without its disappointments. According to Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: “The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds..."

Legislative Update
Passage of bills spells progress for local food movement
DAILY Food  May 8, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...HB 1392, the Department of State Health Services Better Communications Act, was also voted to pass through the House. According to Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance’s Executive Director Judith McGeary, “The DSHS Better Communications bill, by Rep..."

Veni, Vidi, Vici at Vaca y Vino
Multitasking hospitality pros tackle a 1,000-pound steer at benefit event
Food Story  May 3, 2013, by Mick Vann
"...The event was the second annual Vaca y Vino, a benefit for the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), a national organization that supports independent ranchers and farmers in promoting a healthy food supply for American diners. The idea for the event stemmed from one of the grilling methods detailed in Argentine chef and culinary trendmaker Francis Mallmann's award-winning cookbook, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way (Artisan). Mallmann himself demonstrated the vaca entera or "entire cow" style of cooking during an appearance at Central Market's Passport Argentina a few years back, and local chefs have been keen on the technique ever since..."

Food Fight
Animal ID bill places unnecessary burden on nonindustrial farmers
DAILY Food  April 26, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Both the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) registered in opposition to HB 2311 at the House Agriculture Committee hearing. FARFA’s Executive Director Judith McGeary affirms, “We hope that the legislators will take a hard look at this issue before rushing to give the state agency a blank check to adopt federal regulations on an in-state basis.”..."

Food Events
April 19-22
Food Column  April 19, 2013
"...› Vaca y Vino This Argentine-style party offers beef cooked over live fire complemented by wines from Argentina, all to benefit the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance. Sun., April 21, 1-4pm..."

Vaca y Vino in the Texas Hill Country
Argentine-inspired beef & wine event at Bridges Ranch
DAILY Food  April 18, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Lambert's Downtown Barbecue co-owners Chef Larry McGuire and third-generation rancher Will Bridges host an Argentine-style live fire cook-out in the Bridges ranch pasture to benefit the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance...."

The Fourth Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Stroll through Eastside urban farms and enjoy tasty eats and drinks from local vendors
Food Story  April 12, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...EAUFT planners encourage participants to either bike or park at one location and walk the neigborhood; the tour goes on, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, an organization that advocates for independent farms and the improvement of the American food system for consumers while promoting sensible, diversified agricultural policies..."

Legislature Hearing More Small Farm/Local Food Bills
Bipartisan efforts in support of local food continue
DAILY Food  March 19, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Both small farmers and local food consumers are encouraged to attend Wednesday's hearings, and many more are gathering today at the Local Foods Citizens Lobbying Day, organized by Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA). Grassroots supporters for local farmers and the local food system have been active this legislative session, both calling and showing up at the Capitol in person...."

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