Growing a Community Food Forest with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Vitafusion

Tri Cycle Farms is proud to announce that we have received a grant of 40-50 fruit trees from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation! We invite the community to join Tri Cycle Farms, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, and primary sponsor Vitafusion for a Food Forest Community Event at the farm on Tuesday, June 20th, at 9:30am! Volunteers will plant a variety of fruit trees in cleared areas around the perimeter of the farm.

Please bring a water bottle and sun protection. We will provide water and light refreshments. Samples of Vitafusion’s gummy vitamin products will be available as well! We ask that all volunteers park in the gravel lot at Trinity United Methodist Church. Overflow parking is in the student lot (side lot) at Harp’s on Wedington and Garland.

A free class on fruit tree planting and care presented by The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will follow the event. Stick around and learn how to start your own orchard!

If you have any questions about this event or volunteering in general, or would like to register a group for this event, please email the volunteer coordinator, Delilah, at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for this community-building event: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Vitafusion, The Walmart Foundation, ABI Systems, Ewing Irrigation, Hugg & Hall, Whole Foods, Ames Orchard and Nursery, Fayettechill, ArCOP, Ozarks Electric, and West Tree Company.

When you help plant a fruit tree, you are making sure that free, healthy food is available for years to come. You can visit your tree and share in the harvest year after year!

More Information about The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation:

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. We strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as public schools, city parks, community gardens, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. Our programs help communities help themselves through the provision of orchards as long-term community assets along with training in how to care for them over time.

 

Garden Tenders 2017 Orientation (2 of 2)

The June 4th Garden Tenders orientation has been cancelled due to weather. More information about a new orientation date will be posted soon. Feel free to contact Delilah at Volunteer@tricyclefarms.org to schedule an individual orientation.

 

How does spending the summer building your skills in the garden and sharing in the harvest sound? The Garden Tenders 2017 program is about to launch! Join us for the final orientation on Sunday, June 4th, from 2:30-3:30pm at Tri Cycle! Garden Tenders sign up for weekly volunteering times and care for a specific area of the garden. Times are flexible and include evening and early morning hours. Families are more than welcome! For more information, contact Delilah at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org.

Urban Goat Tending Class with The Greedy Goats

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In this 3 hour class, Connie Rieper-Estes and Jason Estes with Greedy Goats of NWA will move from basic tending of goat needs and health to more advanced goat knowledge covering breeding and selling. The class will be split into 2 sections:
 
Level I: Intro to Goats (90 min) “So, you want to have 2 goats?”
Basic needs: Breeds, Anatomy, Goat Psychology, Diet, Fencing, Housing, City Ordinances, Buying, Goat Math, and Pet-a-Goat
 
Level II: Advanced Goats (90 min) “Now that you have goats, what’s next?”
Important info: Nutrition, Minerals, Health, Parasites, Hygiene, Hooves, Pasture Rotation, Record Keeping, Breeding, Kidding, Milking, Wethering, and Selling
 
REGISTER: https://goo.gl/forms/QGpMUMQMDrG6E55Q2
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd 1:00-4:00pm
 
WHERE: Tri Cycle Farms (1705 N Garland Ave)
 
PARK: Trinity United First Methodist Church
 
COST: $15 for beginning OR advanced section. $25 for both.
 
 
Bring pen, paper, and a water bottle! In case of rain, will be moved to the following Sunday.

Tri Cycle Farms Welcomes AmeriCorps NCCC Team!

Tri Cycle Farms is so pleased to introduce these impressive members of the AmeriCorps NCCC Earth Team 5, who have joined us for a twelve-week period of service.  The National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time, team-based residential national service program for young adults, 18 to 24 years of age, who commit to ten months of service, benefiting communities in need at different locations across the country.

NCCC Earth Team 5 is providing essential, and very valuable labor and service in a variety of project areas at Tri Cycle Farms. These include preparing and redesigning garden beds for planting and harvest season, and to address and prevent flooding issues.  The implemented redesign and use of garden acreage is also incorporating the most efficient use of Tri Cycle’s new irrigation system, and preparing area that will be dedicated to the planting of a new orchard in late June.

We can all be proud of these eight NCCC service members, and everyone at Tri Cycle welcomes and thanks them for their teamwork, their sense of community, and the true enjoyment of meeting and working with them all!


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Ryan Aitken
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Topeka, Kansas

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

“This service year has helped me to gain a lot of experience and to grow as a person. I think it has enabled me to experience a lot of different types of work, cultures and regions of the country that in turn have given me a broader view of the United States. On top of that the program has helped me along the way towards finishing my education. 

 Service to me is giving to people without expecting anything in return. It’s helping those who are in need because you can. To me, that ability for someone or the potential for someone to help people is something everyone should realize at some point in their lives.

One story that particular sticks with me was from when I was working last round in Topeka, KS. I had spent some of my time there helping at an organization called Let’s Help. The organization’s main functions included providing a meal, education and care packages for those who are in need. Most of their clientele consisted of individuals suffering from homelessness. One of my particular tasks one day was to fill used pill bottles with shampoo and labeling them so that different clients could have soap as part of a hygiene package. While I was doing the work it was a bit repetitive and I remember finding it very hard to focus as I filled bottle after bottle. On top of this I also remember thinking that this was a side job that I was given to keep me busy while the really important jobs were being done behind some magical curtain elsewhere. The work I was doing didn’t quite hit me until a week or so later as I was taking a shower at the YMCA. When I entered the stall I saw on the ground an empty pill bottle with the very same label I had written on it. This really resonated with me and made me realize that the repetitive task I had been doing just a few weeks earlier really did matter to someone. Not only did it matter to someone but it mattered to someone that I very possibly ran into on a daily basis. For me this was very impactful and helped me to appreciate all the work I was doing no matter how small it might have seemed to me.”


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Taylor Maximus Meidinger
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Topeka, Kansas

Hometown: Packwood, Washington

“I see my year of service in NCCC affecting my future by giving me the extensive training on how to work as a team efficiently. But also that service is and always will be a big thing in my life.  To me service means trying to help communities in any way possible, it’s a connection that is deeper than the surface because you know you are helping someone even if it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

One of the most transformational experiences this year during my time in AmeriCorps NCCC was hearing the story of a family whose house was flooded during the great flooding of the Greater Baton Rouge area. Despite all they had lost they still fed us lunch, and went on to invite us to a late lunch with them at their store later that week.”


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Logan Pace
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service:  Maysville, Oklahoma, and Topeka, Kansas

Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina

“I have the opportunity to return next year to be a Team Leader, and this service year will help me in my understanding of the program as well as strengthening my leadership abilities. Service, to me, is a way to act upon my desire to make the world a better place.  “Service is love made visible.” 

 


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Taylor Kibble
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth 5 Team Leader, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Maysville, Oklahoma with Oklahoma United Methodist Church Disaster Response, and Topeka, Kansas, with the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center.  I served as a Corps member for NCCC for 10 months in 2013-14 in Genesee, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, St. Louis, Missouri, and Lyons, Colorado, working on various environmental stewardship and disaster relief projects. I also served with the Corps Network in St. Louis in 2015-16 promoting outdoor volunteerism and recreation with local non-profits and parks departments.

Hometown: Portage, Indiana

“The personal and professional development gained during this service term has expanded my experience working directly with and for others.  Learning to work and collaborate with others, to make the world a little bit better for someone, is an opportunity unlike any other. With this growth I hope to continue collaborating with diverse minds, explore this world, learn new things from new people, and give all I can for others.

Service means providing assistance to others according to their needs and methods.  It is not up to us to assume what others are in need of, but important to collaborate with others to reach a more comprehensive understanding and further our knowledge regarding the diversity of our communities and cultures.      

I have had the most incredible opportunity to leads teams of dedicated, hardworking, and thoughtful young adults that I could not be more grateful for.  The times I have been most amazed are when I observe my team working hard and working together in high spirits in a variety of environments.  Watching my team work well together for the greater good of others is an awe-inspiring experience that gives me hope in others and the future of service.”


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Cara Felts
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.) Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Boys & Girls Club Teen Center in Topeka, Kansas, and Oklahoma First United Methodist Church Disaster Response in Maysville, Oklahoma.           

Hometown: Catonsville, Maryland

“I’m still unsure what I want to do as a future career, but my service year has allowed me to gain skills in a variety of areas and has opened my eyes to many different service opportunities.  To me, service is a learning experience and a way to connect with  members of a community and provide assistance to those who are in need.  One of the first experiences I had as an AmeriCorps member in the field made me confident that the service year was the right path for me. It happened during my first project round in Maysville, Oklahoma where my team was working to help restore a home that had been hit by a flood in June 2016. One of the first weeks we were there, I got to speak with the owner of the house we were working on. This woman showed tremendous appreciation and was very welcoming to my team. She told about her life which heavily involved her serving her community, and when she mentioned that her community showed little support to her after the flood I was beyond grateful to be one of people helping make her home livable once again.”


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Heather Mooney
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Topeka, Kansas

Hometown: Kent, Washington

“This service year has helped me develop an idea of what I want to do after AmeriCorps, and has given me the experience I need to continue in my desired career. To me, service means assisting others in any possible way that I can. I now know not to go off-roading two hours after it rains in Louisiana.”

 

 


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service:  Brandy Stone
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Brazoria, Texas, and Topeka, Kansas 

Hometown: “This year has really helped me grow as a person, and it has allowed me to open up and see the things that I really want to do.

Service is the most important part of my life. I think that if I have the time, energy, and means to do so, then I should put every effort I have into helping people.

This program has allowed me to become very close with people who I might not have met otherwise.  I have been shaped greatly by the people I have been able to work with in all capacities of this service.”


NCCC Earth Team 5 Profiles in Service: Mallory Schmackpfeffer
Service Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)

Earth Team 5, Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Previous Service: Topeka, KS, and Maysville, OK!

Hometown: Rochester, New York

“This service year is letting me experience a whole range of careers in the non-profit field, teaching me countless new hard and soft skills, and exposing me to so many awesome teachers and mentors.

Service, to me, is the way that we take action. Service is the way that we show people from all walks of life that we’re there for them – that we support and love them, and that we can reach out a hand to our fellow humans even if other people won’t or can’t. This service term has over and over again strengthened my resolve to be a helper and to live my life with my heart and mind open to others.

Throughout my current service year I’ve had so many awesome experiences. One that sticks out is my team’s final week working to rebuild homes in Maysville, Oklahoma, after a flood. When we started out the round very few of us had any experience with construction work and so we were a bit clumsy around the worksite. As the weeks went on, we learned a ton about using tools properly and completing a wide range of tasks, so that by that final week, we were a well-oiled machine and it was amazing to see how far we had come. We were working together as a team so well and doing work that we were proud of! ”


Many thanks from the Tri Cycle Team to the hardworking, dedicated members of NCCC Earth Team 5! This group of thoughtful young leaders is completing three years’ worth of work in their three month stay at the farm! If you would like more information about the NCCC service year experience, check out the NCCC‘s website!

Cooking Matters with GardenCorps at Tri Cycle Farms

Cooking Matters, Spring 2017

Meg Staires, 2016-2017 GardenCorps Member at Tri Cycle Farms

This Spring, I taught two sessions of Cooking Matters classes to kids in our community. Cooking Matters is a cooking course for kids that teaches them how food is grown and how to cook healthy food.

 

 

The first session was during Spring Break, when we had The Little Village kids at Tri Cycle for the week. The second session was held at Washington Plaza Apartments’ food bank. During the two courses, the kids designed their own trail mix, learned how to safely use knives, made healthy and colorful pizzas, and tried many foods for the first time (Dates! Hummus! Blackberries!). We talked a lot about what makes food good for our bodies, and how we can make some of our favorite comfort foods healthier.

 

We also talked a lot about how to eat healthy food without spending too much money. Each recipe was based around healthy items that are available at any grocery store for not too much money. It was important for me as a facilitator to give kids a template that they could adapt to their own, and their families’ specific budget and dietary needs.

 

 

All the kids received an apron, a wooden spoon, a cutting board, and a Cooking Matters book with recipes and activities, and all of this was at no cost to the kids! It was a great opportunity for me, as well; I got the experience of teaching kids from different walks of life how to cook great food, and it challenged me to find creative, fun, and inexpensive ways of engaging with each kid.

 

It also enabled me to work with Laura Wasson, a Nutrition major at  UofA and volunteer at Tri Cycle; she had tons of great insights and ideas and was amazing with the kids! The cooking classes were a great way for Tri Cycle to reach out to more of our neighbors and find new ways to build community. We are all grateful to Arkansas Garden Corps for creating the opportunity to bring Cooking Matters to Tri Cycle Farms!

 

 

 

Garden Tenders Orientation (1 of 2)

How does spending the summer building your skills in the garden and sharing in the harvest sound? The Garden Tenders 2017 program is about to launch! Join us for orientations on Thursday, May 18th, from 6-7pm, or on Sunday, June 4th, from 2:30-3:30pm at Tri Cycle! Garden Tenders sign up for weekly volunteering times and care for a specific area of the garden. Times are flexible and include evening and early morning hours. Families are more than welcome! For more information, contact Delilah at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org.

Introduction to Permaculture: People, Projects, and Practices with Thomas McKnight

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Do you desire practical solutions to everyday problems? Heard of Permaculture? Join us Saturday, May 6, for a day of discussing the wonders of Permaculture, including some of its star people and their astounding projects around the world. We’ll tour the garden and explain how you can implement real solutions! Join us the next day, Sunday, May 7, for more “permie” fun as we explore one of the basic staples of a homestead: soap! Thomas will discuss a brief how-to using the traditional lye. Then, you can create your very own handmade lye soap at Tricycle Farms to take home!
 
REGISTER: Online here
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 6th from 1:30pm-3:00pm
Sunday, May 7th from 1:30pm-3:00pm
 
WHERE: The Rock House at Tri Cycle Farms (1705 N Garland Ave)
 
PARK: Trinity United First Methodist Church
 
DONATION: $10 Suggested
 
 
 
 
Thomas McKnight:
Bio – UA graduate, Grad. Cert. if Sustainability, PDC, Tri-Cyclist
From Jackson, TN originally, I came to Fayetteville 7 years ago for an architectural design degree from the University of Arkansas and fell in love with the Ozarks. With an ever-intensifying infatuation with the natural world, I studied sustainability at the U of A under Dr. Messadi and found permaculture. I enjoy any good design and the complexities of Earth’s systems, thus everything permaculture.

2nd Annual Warford/Mader Family Crawfish Boil at George’s Majestic

VENUE CHANGE! Due to thunderstorms, the 2nd Annual Warford/Mader Family Crawfish Boil will take place from 1-5:30pm at George’s Majestic on Dickson St.

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Tri Cycle Farms presents the 2nd Annual Warford/Mader Family Crawfish Boil on April 29th from 1-6pm for all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins, smoked ribs and chicken, boudin, and andouille sausage. Bring a side dish to share potluck style!

 

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

 

Prepare a No-Till Garden Bed in Less than an Hour with Patrice Gros

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During this hands-on workshop, we will build an organic garden bed using a no-till method. By not tilling the bed, we will not just save time, but we will also keep the soil structure in its natural state. We will then plant vegetable crops together on these permanent beds.
 
REGISTER: Online here
 
WHEN: Saturday, April 8th from 3:00-5:00pm
 
WHERE: Tri Cycle Farms (1705 N Garland Ave)
 
PARK in the gravel lot at Trinity United First Methodist Church across the street.
 
Donation: $10 suggested
 
 
 
About the teacher:
 
Patrice Gros of Foundation Farm was raised in Marseille, France and lived there until he graduated from college with a degree in business. He went on to obtain his MBA from UCLA and pursued a career in corporate finance and personal money management. In 1993, with a new home in Ojai, CA and an acre of land peppered with fruit trees, Patrice had his first vegetable garden. There it was: heart-shaped and barely 100 square-feet, and with it, a deep life transformation of the most gentle and unexpected kind.
Today, many seasons and thousands of hours of raking, hoeing, mulching and harvesting later, Patrice’s gardening passion is alive and well; only the scale has changed. Patrice now runs Foundation Farm, a 5 acre certified organic farm in the Arkansas Ozarks not far from Eureka Springs. The farm is a no-till, highly sustainable, organically certified operation which supports his family. All of the farm’s 25,000 lbs of produce harvested yearly are sold within a 50 mile radius. The farm attracts many visitors and groups. The farm crew is a mixture of volunteers and season-long trainees enrolled in Foundation Farm’s farming school.
Patrice is also the founder of the Eureka Springs Farmers’ Market.

Arkansas Gives 2017

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2017 is the final year of the Arkansas Gives program. Help Tri Cycle Farms “Grow the Love” this year by planning to make your contribution to Tri Cycle Farms on April 6, 2017, between 8am-8pm. You can select our organization on the Arkansas Gives website, here, or by clicking on the Arkansas Gives link we will provide on our website and our Facebook page on the day of the event. The minimum donation for this event is $25.

If you are interested in phone banking in the evening for Arkansas Gives, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Delilah, at volunteer@tricyclefarms.org!