What We Do
Food grown at the farm is allocated using our Tri Cycle Farms’ Thirds Share Initiative in which we share a third of what we grow with volunteers, give a third to food pantries and community meals, and sell a third to sustain the farm and demonstrate the economy of food.
At Tri Cycle Farms, volunteers share in each harvest and work to grow food for our community. Produce is donated to community partners that offer food to those in need through meals and pantries. The produce that we harvest from our gardens is sent with food that we collect through our food recovery program, which operates Monday - Friday year 'round.
Tri Cycle Farms collaborates with knowledgeable local teachers and farmers to offer garden, food, and holistic health classes to the community. Some are hands-on workshops while others are classroom-style, and some charge a small fee while most are donation-based, but we invite all to come share in the knowledge and wisdom. Some examples of our education based events include:
- Seed starting
- Native plant and herb identification and foraging walks
- Mushroom inoculation
- Cooking and nutrition, including food preservation like canning and dehydrating
- Using herbs in tinctures, soaps and extractions
- Creating bird houses or other crafts from forest and garden debris or plants
- Chicken, goat and bee tending
Tri Cycle Farms' first garden was started in 2012 after a volunteer force cleaned up the overgrown property purchased by our director, Don Bennett. Our soil has only been tilled three times since 2012, for good reasons. The soil in our gardens is full of life, with a beautiful soil structure that has been built up over the years. This is just one method of farming that we learned from a local gardening teacher. With help from many different resources, we learned how to grow a thriving spray and pesticide-free garden by working with nature and not against it. If you ask him, Don will say that he's not a farmer, he just Googled everything. This goes to show that we all have to ability to achieve an abundantly productive garden with little to no experience. This is one of our goals: to grow growers and farm farmers. Many of us have lost connection with our food, where it comes from, how it's grown and who has put in the labor and resources necessary for its production. We have created a circular economy here at Tri Cycle, giving everyone a chance to learn the story of their own food and our food system as a whole.