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Eat Brunch on a Farm, Help Local Refugees

Snooze, Denver Urban Gardens, and Project Worthmore invite Denverites to commune for a cause.

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We talk a lot about knowing where our food comes from, and even how important it is to get to know the people who grow that food. On Saturday, August 11, popular breakfast eatery Snooze invites metro Denver diners to put those ideals into delicious action at its first-ever Harvest Brunch in the Field event.

This special brunch will take place at Aurora’s DeLaney Farm, a joint project from Project Worthmore and Denver Urban Gardens. The goal? Well, brunch…but also to familiarize attendees with the work of our local refugee community and an organization that helps them settle into new lives in Colorado.

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In a nutshell: Project Worthmore, an Aurora non-profit, provides programming to assist area refugees, including English language classes, citizenship classes, and dental services. In 2017, the group supported 829 refugee families fleeing from countries like Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq, and the Congo.

Project Worthmore also partners with Denver Urban Gardens to run DeLaney Community Farm, a five-acre plot of land in Aurora that provides full-time employment for five refugee farmer trainees. To highlight this collaboration, Harvest Brunch in the Field-goers will savor a.m. specials from Snooze crafted with produce grown by DeLaney refugees.

“I think it is so important right now to be able to show refugees living in Colorado that they are welcome here,” says Susie Lewis, director of marketing and events for Project Worthmore. She adds that “[they] need to know that they have neighbors that care about them.”

A farmer trainee rinses greens on the farm. Photo courtesy of Project Worthmore

A few days before the brunch party, Snooze chefs will wander through DeLaney’s fields alongside the farmer trainees to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for the meal. The chefs will then formulate a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by the bounty—don’t worry, there will be boozy drinks on hand, too. Diners will have a chance to meet the refugees while exploring the farm, lounging on hay bales, and dining on blankets (or, if you’re a more traditional brunch-er, sitting at picnic tables) in the fields.

All proceeds from the breakfast benefit Project Worthmore, which means that this particular morning repast directly impacts the lives of refugee families across Colorado.

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If you go: Harvest Brunch in the Field is on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to noon; DeLaney Community Farm, 170 S. Chambers Road, Aurora. Ticket prices vary; purchase yours here

Can’t make it to the brunch? Check out volunteer opportunities with Project Worthmore here.

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