Want to know more about us? Read and watch below for our story, gardening tips, recipes, and fun DIY projects for the whole family. From visits to our local PBS station to hosting local news crews at our farm, there's always something to learn about growing your own flowers and food.
La Flaca: A Farm Founded on Flavor Fights to Stay Positive
April 20, 2020
Today on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, I’d like to give thanks to American Farmland Trust for sharing our story and protecting the land that sustains us and supporting farmers through these difficult times. In an effort to provide financial assistance to farmers facing hardship in this crisis, they’ve created the much needed Farmer Relief Fund. If you’re able to, please consider donating to this important cause.
Eat Your Flowers!
February 19, 2020
Flowers are in good taste! Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton from La Flaca visits the studio at Central Texas Gardener to talk about edible flowers that are easy to grow. See how she uses dried and fresh calendula, borage, nasturtium, and other garden favorites.
Interview with Alejandra by Dish'n Dames
October 08, 2019
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, it was the flavors of home that inspired this week’s Dish’n Dames feature, Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton, to create LA FLACA, an urban farm in southwest Austin. Through LA FLACA, Alejandra brings new flavors to her community and inspires others to grow their own food. Watch Alejandra’s full-featured video and learn more about her journey to becoming an agricultural farmer. Know someone we should feature? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
edible AUSTIN visits La Flaca
November 16, 2018
By Claudia Alarcón
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.
Central Texas Gardender Visits La Flaca
September 08, 2018
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.
Alejandra Brings the World to Your Table
June 25, 2018
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.
December 06, 2017
Good Day Austin gets the scoop on the many varieties of hot peppers growing at La Flaca. From chilhuacles to himo togarashi and aji benito, there's a pepper for everyone.
2016 Grant Recipient | UnLtd USA
January 01, 2016
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.
January 17, 2017
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.
April 20, 2017
Erin Jones from KVUE reports on how across the country, more and more women are dropping their corporate careers and picking up jobs in farming. It's something happening right here in Austin.
October 06, 2016
In what used to be a neglected lawn, La Flaca transformed into a farm growing over 150 varieties of herbs and hot peppers. Watch what it takes to transform a lawn into a productive farm!
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.
March 17, 2016
Austin entrepreneurs including La Flaca's Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton discuss how to sustainability can be used as a strategic advantage.