Local bands to play ‘Fund the Farm’ event March 1 at Smoke & Barrel

The folks working to build an urban teaching farm off College Avenue in Fayetteville are hosting another fundraiser this weekend.

Apple Seeds Inc., the local non profit organization behind the project to build a two-acre farm just north of Evelyn Hills Shopping Center, will host a “Fund the Farm” event featuring seven local music acts on Saturday, March 1 at Smoke & Barrel Tavern.

The event includes performances by a host of local artists, including songwriters Mike Bewley, Dave Baer, Effron White, and Shannon Wurst, folk duo Smokey and the Mirror, and local bands Candy Lee & The Sweets and Cutty Rye.

The event will also include raffles for Fayetteville Roots Festival tickets, a Kings River floating experience, and other items.

Apple Seeds Inc. has already raised about $35,000 toward their $45,000 goal to kick off the project, thanks in large part to a $20,000 grant they received last month from Ozark Natural Foods. Once complete, the farm will include demonstration gardens to teach children how to harvest healthy foods, and will offer educational programs designed to teach children the importance of eating a healthy diet.

Admission to the fundraiser on Saturday is $5, and all of the proceeds benefit the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. For a bit more information, check out the Facebook event.