Restaurants collaborate on Dewberry Hills Farm fundraiser at Springdale Farm

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Dewberry Hills farmer Jane Levan says she lost nearly 1,000 chickens in recent floods. A fundraiser on Sunday will help raise money to get her and her husband, Terry, back on their feet. Photo by Deborah Cannon.
Dewberry Hills farmer Jane Levan says she lost nearly 1,000 chickens in recent floods. A fundraiser on Sunday will help raise money to get her and her husband, Terry, back on their feet. Photo by Deborah Cannon.

Dewberry Hills farmer Jane Levan says she lost nearly 1,000 chickens in recent floods. A fundraiser on Sunday will help raise money to get her and her husband, Terry, back on their feet. Photo by Deborah Cannon.

Dewberry Hills Farm in Lexington has been hit with the worst of Central Texas’ severe weather in the past 18 months, from drought to floods, high winds and even a tornado earlier this year. In fact, Jane and Terry Levan were en route to Austin for a Slow Food fundraiser in April when they got a call that the farm was being hit again with severe weather.

All told, they’ve lost hundreds of birds, as well as infrastructure, including their driveway, says Jane Levan.

That means they haven’t been able to sell as many chickens as they usually do to restaurants, whose chefs have been patient with them as they try to rebuild. “They understand what we are going through. They are all trying to help us any way they can. Instead of saying, ‘We are going to drop you,’ they say, ‘How can we help?’”

A number of those chefs have collaborated to host a fundraiser at Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road this weekend.

The Do for Dewberry event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and will feature food from the chefs, drinks from local distillers and brewers, chicken poop bingo, live music and a raffle.

Participants include Olamaie, Chicon, Parkside, Odd Duck, Fabi & Rosi, Juniper, the Hightower, Thai Fresh, Sourced Craft Cocktails, Deep Eddy Vodka, Argus Cidery, Austin Beerworks, Austin Eastciders, Glazer’s Distributors, Patika Coffee and Texas Tea. Tickets cost $55 in advance (kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised/200950) and $65 at the door. Children 10 and younger get in for free.


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