Springdale Farm Aid

Saving Springdale: Community rallies to save struggling East Austin farm

Community rallies to save struggling Springdale Farm in East Austin

Sonya Cote Eden East at Springdale Farms in Austin 4133
Springdale Farm Aid takes place Sunday, September 28 from 1 pm - 5 pm.  Photo by Veronica Meewes

Some of Austin's top chefs are joining forces this weekend in support of Austin's award-winning Springdale Farm.

The sustainable urban farm, known as the home to Eden East and for its biweekly farm stand, is facing ongoing financial struggles. Since the Urban Farm Ordinance passed last year, Springdale has been allocating resources to meeting the standards — and it's costly.

"These days, we spend a good majority of our time and resources going to city meetings and filling out city applications for permitting, code compliance and farm ordinances while we try and keep our focus on being the community hub that we've always set out to be," said Paula Foore, Springdale Farm co-owner, in a press release.

"I know we are not the only farmers that are caught in the crosshairs of navigating policies here ... but with the upcoming city elections, we're concerned about the future of our farm," Foore continued. 

On Sunday, September 28, local talent will unite for one "big-hearted" event, aptly dubbed Springdale Farm Aid. Throughout the afternoon, chefs will be dolling out delicious bites while guests stroll around the grounds, play farm games and listen to live music — all in the name of saving Springdale. 

Notable chefs including Bryce Gilmore, David Bull, Shawn Cirkiel, Sonya Coté and Andrew Curren will serve signature fare to be paired with drinks from the Tipsy Texan, Real Ale, Austin Eastciders and Austin Wine Merchant. 

All-inclusive tickets for the afternoon benefit are $50 a piece. Proceeds will assist the farm by helping ease its ongoing financial burden.