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Who loves crepes?? We certainly do! Tri Cycle Farms is excited to be the beneficiary of Crepes Paulette 's Give a Buck, Get a Cup program for the month of October! Go check out their delicious menu and consider donating a buck or two to support Tri Cycle Farms!

Springfest / Staff photo / Fayetteville Flyer 2018

The 2019 Springfest Planning Committee announced today that Tri Cycle Farms is one of two local non-profits selected as beneficiaries of this year's event. LifeSource International, one of Tri Cycle's partner organizations (TCF's Friday Food Recovery drop-off), is the second non-profit.

The festival began in the 1980s - crafted by merchants on Dickson Street - and is a Fayetteville tradition full of arts, crafts, live music, pub crawls, and Bed Races!

You won't want to miss this year's Springfest - we hope to see you there!

February 3, 2018 was a big "first" for Tri Cycle Farms. Stakeholders including board members, volunteers, and community members gathered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville for a pasta dinner and celebration of the Farms' successes in 2017 and presentation of its goals for 2018. Chef James Cohea of local non-profit group Food Not Bombs along with several of the group’s volunteers, prepared the meal made completely from either donated or recovered food. Ozark Natural Foods donated items and the recovered food came from Tri Cycle Farms' Food Recovery Program Partner Whole Foods Market, Fayetteville.

Tri Cycle Farms and Food Not Bombs volunteers prepare for the meal and presentation.
After the meal and welcome address, Executive Director Don Bennett presented Volunteer of the Year awards for 2017. Delilah Clark received the 2016/2017 Service Member Volunteer award; Bobby Morell received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award and University of Arkansas student organization Full Stomachs, Clean Feet, which fights hunger and homelessness, received the 2017 Volunteer Group of the Year for their City Chicks project.

Delilah Clark

Bobby Morell

Full Stomachs, Clean Feet

Next, Don introduced the board and announced officer changes and new members. Ashley Stone and Justin Taylor are the new board president and vice-president, respectively. Diana Chen and A.B. Merritt are the two new board members. Other members include Kelly Bassemier, Treasurer and Heather Friedrich, Secretary.

Ashley Stone (right) and Justin Taylor (center)

Diana Chen

A.B. Merritt

Finally, before the presentation of the Tri Cycle Farms 2017 Annual Report, Don introduced the Americorps VISTA and Arkansas GardenCorps service volunteer staff: Claire Marie Cosmos, Katie Wright, Stacy Mackey Kimbrough, Roxanne Wood, Carly Harris, and Peter Marston.

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

Another way people honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday was helping out at Tri Cycle Farms.

Source: Volunteers Clean Garden at Tri Cycle Farms for Martin Luther King

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