Rose Petal Mimosa and Other Fun Ways to Eat Flowers
May 22, 2019
Stephanie Gerry from Studio512 visits the farm to talk about using edible flowers as natural food colorings! We'll show you how to make an irresistible rose petal mimosa and a stunning nasturtium vinegar perfect for dressing summer salads.
From the outside, the ’80s ranch-style home on a cul-de-sac in Southwest Austin looks like any other, but follow a dirt path lined with raised beds of nasturtiums, Swiss chard and Turk’s cap to the backyard. Instead of a lawn, you’ll find a space overflowing with beds of fragrant edible herbs and flowers. Welcome to La Flaca.
When Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton immigrated to Austin from Monterrey, Mexico, she brought along memories of good food that prompted a career change from banker to urban farmer. Discover how she grew her dream alongside horticulturist Ben Carroll to meet a growing need from local restaurant chefs and home cooks for authentic tastes. Find out the plants they rely on in heat and drought and why flowers make it into their edible mix.
Where in Central Texas can one buy Mexican chilhuacle peppers or Indian tulsi basil? Before Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton started growing them here, the answer was nowhere. What started as a search for ingredients to make her grandmother’s mole ended with Alejandra leaving her banking position to start La Flaca, an urban farm in Austin where she now cultivates traditional herbs and vegetables from Mexico and beyond. Local KLRU program Central Texas Gardener became an important tune-in for Alejandra on her journey from financier to farmer.
In 2016, Alejandra was selected to be part of UnLtd USA (now TechStars Impact) third cohort of entrepreneurs. TechStars Impact mission is to back the most promising entrepreneurs tackling pressing social and environmental problems, equipping them with the skills, networks and capital they need to transform the world in which we live.
2016 Grant Recipient | Austin Food & Wine Alliance
February 01, 2017
LA FLACA was one of six Austin-area culinary innovators who received funding for the AFWA’s 2016 grant program to help realize their dreams and further propel the city’s skyrocketing culinary scene. Awarded for culinary innovation and community giveback, these winners received $27,500 total in grant awards for their projects.
Todd Nevins interviews Alejandra for an episode of his podcast Go Hunt Life! They discuss her transition for a safe and planned career path to being an entrepreneur starting a business that is very reliant upon the help and camaraderie of other urban farmers. It’s a tight community of passionate people helping each other to positively impact their local communities and the environment.
Meet 5 Austin Women Entrepreneurs Focused on Sustainability
October 16, 2016
Jaclyn Hubersberger writes about five Austin women entrepreneurs who traded their careers to open small businesses. It seems more and more people are abandoning traditional careers in favor of forging their own way through less conventional means. Meet five Austin women who have turned what began as hobbies into budding local businesses, and who are thinking globally while acting at the grassroots level.
These Sustainable Startups Are Cultivating a Greener, Cleaner Austin
January 05, 2017
When Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton exited her corporate investment banking career in Mexico, she planted the seeds of her entrepreneurial dream in America. Her first step: putting down roots in Austin. Quite literally.