Dorsey Barger might be the head farmer at HausBar Farm, but Gustavo is the star.
He’s the white goose that follows her around the East Austin farm every day, keeping tabs on the beds, just like her farmer friend.
It’s a sweet story in real life that Barger knew would make a sweet book, so she teamed with her mother, Barbara Adams, who painted the images, to create “On Gustavo’s Farm,” a new children’s book coming out this fall.
The authors are hosting several events in coming months to celebrate its debut, including a private dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 13th in the farm’s outdoor kitchen space with chefs Michael CastiIlo and Emily Davis. The first general book signing event is “Cocktails with Gustavo” ($125) at 6 p.m., Oct. 20 that will feature drinks with Paula’s Texas Spirits.
At 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, HausBar will host a kid-friendly book signing ($100 donation for 2 adults and up to 2 kids) that will include the Tiny Tales To You mobile petting zoo, a book signing and “Gustavo on the Go” coloring activity station.
Barger is selling copies of the book and tickets to the book events through Indigogo over the next month, but the book will be available in other locations in November.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/487835910" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960&dnt=1" width="100%" height="400" iframe="true" /]
Seven years ago, Gustavo came to live on the farm when he was two days old, Barger says. “He arrived in a box from the hatchery. I had to drive to the post office to pick him up,” she says in the campaign. “When I got him back to the farm, he jumped out of the box and took over the whole farm with his enormous personality, his huge heart and his gift for making people feel loved.”
With her partner Susan Hausmann, Barger has operated HausBar Farm since 2009, and she was a co-founder of Eastside Cafe in 1988.