Tri Cycle Farms is a community urban farm working to address food insecurity by growing food and teaching others to grow food. We have a beautiful, productive garden on 2 acres of land in the heart of the city. Our friends and neighbors come to work in the garden, or they might stop by to soak in the rejuvenating natural beauty. We strive to create community by reconnecting with the land, with our food, and with each other.
Through community engagement, Tri Cycle Farms is creating a sustainable urban farm park where we cherish and steward education, community, and soil.
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Tri Cycle Farms began as a personal response to a neighbor’s food insecurity.
It was a determined decision to find and (literally) grow a direct, hands-on solution to food insecurity, in the midst of the complexity of a growing modern poverty.
Tri Cycle Farms’ founder, Don Bennett, recognized both the need --- and the potential --- to address food security directly, beginning with land, resources and alliances at hand.
In 2011, the impact of the 2008 economic recession was lingering. Even individuals with more than one job were often challenged to meet a month’s basic food costs. Much like the Victory and Liberty Gardens of our not-so-distant past, a neighborhood --- and neighborly --- urban farm would serve, in this case, one of Fayetteville’s highest concentrations of people living in poverty within a one-mile radius.
Tri Cycle Farms was conceived, designed and built to re-establish a lost connection to our food and to reaffirm a connection to each other and our environment. We did not want to adopt modern agriculture or to rely heavily on motorized equipment. We did believe Tri Cycle Farms could serve to demonstrate, provide accessibility to, and eliminate the intimidation of actually growing your own food.
In the spirit of a Neighborhood Commons approach, with a mission of Community Through Soil, Tri Cycle Farms has grown a living, natural model of sustainable urban farming. In six years, Tri Cycle has established programs of food recovery, aquaponics, hydroponics, and volunteerism, as well as community education and awareness for all ages.