via Edible Austin
I’m here with an update on Springdale Farm. We have spent almost two years working with the City of Austin staff, Planning Commission, and City Council to:
1) re-define the Urban Farm Ordinance, and
2) make sure we are compliant with all new codes and ordinances.
Unfortunately, we also continue to face opposition and your help could mean the difference between Springdale Farm continuing or being closed down.
Our goal here is simple. We want to be able to keep farming on our land.
Diversifying our income base is what all farmers have to do. Urban Farms don’t receive government subsidies, nor have we asked for any. We just want the city to grant us the proper permits to continue to host occasional events on the farm. Some places call it agri-tourism. We call it making a living, and as a commercially zoned property, we are simply asking for permission to do what other commercially zoned properties are allowed to do.
And here’s what we need from you.
Please email our city council or our zoning case manager and let them know that you support Springdale Farm. Let these public officials know that hosting weddings and supper clubs are a part of the culture of Austin that makes our city great. If you’ve had the opportunity to eat at Eden East at Springdale Farm, please let city council members and the case manager know that you appreciate Eden East as well.
Your action of expressing gratitude for Springdale Farm and the activities that happen here could make the difference in whether Springdale Farm stays in existence or not.
Please also check out www.springdalefarmaid.org to join us on the farm on September 28 for a lovely Sip and Stroll with 17 of Austin’s top local chefs, local libations, farm games, and silent auction.
Thank you, and let’s keep growing together,
Glenn and Paula