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5th Annual MLK Jr. National Day of Service and Stone Soup

The day was cold.

The high temperature in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service was 24 degrees with 11 mile an hour winds. We didn't expect many people to come out and volunteer this year because of how cold it was. The Freedom March at the University of Arkansas had been moved indoors. It was snowing in Bentonville. The Tri Cycle Farms staff showed up and hoped for the best. One thing was for certain, it was the perfect day for soup!

The Weather Didn't Stop Us!

People came individually, in groups, and with families.  Some met for the first time.  Others were reunited in community service.

Over 50 people volunteered at Tri Cycle Farms and Trinity United Methodist Church, both on indoor and outdoor projects. What a great turn out and together we were able to accomplish so much!

AT TRI CYCLE FARMS

We cleared brush and debris from the drainage path from our farm to the creek, allowing better drainage through the neighborhood.

We mulched around the newly fenced chicken fortress, covering the chicken wire on the ground (protection from diggers) and creating a walking path. 

We winterized the remaining garden beds, the market garden and spare others. 

AT TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

We raked and picked up fallen limbs and trash from Trinity's main yard and mulched the oak trees in that yard.

We sorted and prepared seeds from last year's garden for this spring's planting and sharing. 

AND AFTERWARD: STONE SOUP

We shared a community meal from food recovery, Ozark Natural Foods, Rockin' Baker, and prepared by Food Not Bombs. Here are a few words from Don:

MORE PHOTOs FROM THE DAY

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