Local Farm Empowers Others to Grow Healthy Food
Tri Cycle Farms host its 1st ever Pesto Fest contest and benefit concert at the Greenhouse Grille Sunday.
Tri Cycle Farms is an urban farm located at the corner of Sycamore and Garland Avenue in Fayetteville.
Founder Don Bennett, who has experienced food insecurity, said Tri Cycle Farms empowers others by teaching them how to grow their own organic, sustainable, nutritious food.
Tri Cycle Farms is made up of volunteers and all contributions go directly to sustain the farm and the continuation of educating others to grow their own food.
Bennett said eating healthy can be expensive.
“If our incomes don’t grow but the food costs do, we eat less fruit, less healthy and our health costs go up as well,” Bennett said.
Greenhouse Grille was packed with pesto enthusiasts.
“The amount of people that are here at the Pesto Fest is really exciting, really amazing,” said Celeste Gustafson, tri-cyclist, as the organization’s members refer to one another.
The money raised will go to several projects, according to Gustafson, such as doubling its food production and transforming the farm into an urban park.
“Where people can come and relax, as well as work to get food, get training and education,” Gustafson said.
The mother-daughter team Lydia and Becky McCain competed for the best tasting pesto and grow most of their ingredients. They said it’s important to know where food comes from.
“You can go out in the back and pick what you have for dinner, that’s something we believe strongly about,” Becky McCain said.
Tri Cycle Farms provides hands-on teaching on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and most Saturdays.
Winners of the contest will win prizes in the categories of 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd and most inventive. The prizes were donated by local businesses.
The event also had a silent auction made possible by local businesses. Music was performed by Candy Lee and the Sweets, Guta and the Phosphenes.