The benefits of community gardens are seemingly without end; they increase access to fresh foods, improve food security, encourage physical activity, reduce stress, etc.—but above all, community gardens have a way of gathering people of all ages and backgrounds, planting the seeds of neighborliness, and reminding us that we are all in this together. Here are few places you can get your hands in the dirt and have an impact on food sovereignty in Northwest Arkansas.
Tri Cycle Farms
Tri Cycle Farms will be hosting a Potato and Spring Crop Planting Workday on March 23rd from 10AM-2PM. They will be planting potatoes and onions in the Main Garden and preparing beds for summer crops. They'll also be planting kale, broccoli, cauliflower, peas onions, radish, beets other spring veggies in the Market Garden!
If you do not know the story of how Tri Cycle Farms started, check out this recent profile of it's Founder and Executive Director, Don Bennett, in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The farm is located at 1705 N. Garland Ave, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Join Cobblestone Farms for their Spring Brassica Planting Party on Wednesday, March 27th from 1PM-5PM. Help them plant thousands of cabbage, broccoli, and collard seedlings for their upcoming Spring season. This is one of many opportunities to lend a hand out at the farm and a chance to learn more about Cobblestone Farms.
If you can't make it on March 27th, there is a second opportunity to spend An Afternoon at the Farm on Saturday, April 20th from 2PM-5PM. They will be planting, harvesting, weeding, and prepping for their Late Spring season. This will be a huge event filled with projects big and small.
You can also support them by signing up for their Community Supported Agriculture program. Through this program you get to pick up local seasonal vegetables weekly. In return for your subscription, Cobblestone Farms is able to donate 50% of their fresh grown produce to hunger relief efforts in Northwest Arkansas. In 2018, they were able to grow over 12,000 lbs of fresh produce.
The farm is located at 1210 54th St, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Apple Seeds Teaching Farm
In 2015, Apple Seeds found its home on 2-acres of land at Gulley Park in Fayetteville. The Teaching Farm was established at Gulley Park thanks to a collaboration with the City of Fayetteville to lease those 2 acres to Apple Seeds until the year 2035!
In just 2 short years Apple Seeds turned this field into a Teaching Farm and opened its gates to students in 2017. Home to a Teaching Kitchen, an orchard, production gardens and a variety of gardens, the Teaching Farm is a place for students to learn, cook, share healthy meals together, and be inspired to do the same in their kitchens.
Each summer, Apple Seeds hosts the The Kids' Table, a week of half day summer camps at the Teaching Farm. Campers (ages 7-15 years old) will spend the week at the farm gardening, harvesting fresh ingredients, and making a garden fresh lunch inside their Teaching Kitchen. If you are interested, they are still a few slots available this year! Check out the four upcoming sessions taking place during the month of June HERE.
Also, feel free to explore or lend a hand on the farm each Saturday from 9AM-12PM during their open garden hours. Volunteers are also invited to apply to become a regular garden volunteer HERE. Last year, more than 350 volunteers and interns spent 2,681 hours contributing to Apple Seeds' mission. Learn more about their impact in their 2018 Annual Report, which can be found HERE.
The farm is located at 2648 N. Old Wire Road, Fayetteville Arkansas.
Springdale Community Garden Hub
On the first Saturday of each month from 10AM-12PM, Feed Communities hosts Gardening 101 Demo, Gardening Q&A, and casual conversations at their Springdale Community Garden Hub. They will be doing a different gardening 101 topic each month. The events are free and open to all ages! Learn more HERE.
The garden is located at the intersection of Mill St & W Center St in Springdale (behind the American Legion building). For inquires or directions, please call (479) 966-4790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you in the garden(s)!