From October, 2011

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HOPE NWA 2011…grace

On Tuesday of last week we had the distinct privilege of serving alongside some amazing NW Arkansas organizations and incredible people to participate in HOPE NWA 2011.  Final numbers will be released soon, but we are told that over 350 families/people were served during the one day resource event held at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

HOPE NWA 2011 began 3 years ago by Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Professor and Jones Chair in Community Director, Community and Family Institute, and it is incredible to see how the community has come alongside to support those in need.

We had the opportunity to talk briefly with…

Chloe Seal, 3 Bags in 2 Days

During the bag distribution, Chloe also asked people to share their thoughts on the one thing they wanted the world to know about them.  Truly beautiful to see the hope that was present in those words.

Brittney Moore of Shear Kindness & O’Shay, Owner of Black Sheep Salon

This event would not have been possible with all the incredible people behind the scenes who helped make it happen.  It’s just another example of how incredible our NW Arkansas community is and the lengths they will go to to help those in need.

If you would like more information on how you can participate with 3 Bags in 2 Days or Shear Kindness, please visit their initiative pages for more information

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Homeless Students in Fayetteville Public Schools

This past week we had the pleasure of having Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, come back to Northwest Arkansas for a short visit.  Mark first visited NW Arkansas in 2009 to share his story at 1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted Homeless Awareness Rally.

Mark had an opportunity to sit down with Marian Riner, Families in Transition Coordinator for the Fayetteville Public Schools, to talk with her about how the Fayetteville Public Schools are caring for students in their school district who are homeless.

Full blog post: Homeless Kids in Public Schools: Interview with Marian Riner, School Social Worker

For more information on how you can help homeless families in our community, please your school’s homeless services coordinator (believe it or not, every school has one).

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Winter’s Approaching (The Farm Weekly Update)

It’s hard to believe that the 2011 Farm season is slowing beginning to come to an end.  It’s been an incredible Fall season and we truly the recipients of many blessings as we are celebrating bountiful harvest over the past few weeks.

The season isn’t over yet, but we were overwhelmed last week when we realized we’ve had over 1,000 different people come and serve at The Farm this season.  We are humbled, honored and encouraged to live in such an incredible community that has chosen to invest their time with us.  Words fail so we simply say thank you!

The Farm Weekly Update

Our Amazing Community

We had an opportunity to host Owl Creek Elementary School’s Garden Club at The Farm & they were an amazing group of students who made a beautiful day even better.

We are thankful for a group from Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville for serving at The Farm.  We had opportunity to hear a little of their story before the day got started.

We are thank to the staff at Fellowship Bible Church for continuing their work on our Pole Barn that will serve to hold all of our produce processing stations, increased cold storage, and some much needed shade in the summer.

Harvest & Hunger Relief

Harvest amounts continue to look great with bountiful harvests each week thanks to perfect fall weather conditions.

Season to date harvest to exactly 7,468 pounds with 47% (or 3,491 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!

This past week we were able to send food to St. Paul’s Episcopal and Meals on Wheels, Central United Methodist Church Community Meal Program and the NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter

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HOPE NWA 2011

Veterans, homeless, and those in need in Northwest Arkansas will be served at HOPE NWA 2011 resource event.  This event will provide free medical, vision, dental screening, haircuts, clothing, groceries, legal advice, and Veteran’s services.

We are excited to be participating with the community to serve our community & we are excited that InvisiblePeople.tv Founder, Mark Horvath, will be returning to NW Arkansas to serve with us.  Mark has been an incredible friend to our community beginning at our 2009 “1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted Homeless Awareness Rally“.  Mark has help bring awareness & understanding to the story and the faces of those in need in our community & we glad to have him return this year to serve our community.

There are many ways you can help…

Please contact Kevin Fitzpatrick, kfitzpa@uark.edu for more information on other ways to help.

Come join us in serving our community!
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A Perfect Fall (The Farm Weekly Update)

It’s Harvest time at The Farm!!!!

What an amazing time at The Farm this fall. Absolutely perfect conditions and we are being blessed with an incredibly bountiful harvest. We are truly thankful for all the of the people in our community who have continued to support our efforts and we are thankful to the bringer of the rain for His provision.

We have some amazing events and opportunities approaching this fall and we hope you can join us.

The Farm Fall Harvest Party, 1st Annual Fayetteville Crop Mob, 2012 Subscriptions will soon be on sale, and Planting Classes are just a few of things we have planned for this Fall.

We hope you enjoyed the bountiful harvest last week. We would love to hear your thoughts on what we harvested, so email us at thefarm@cobblestoneproject.org and let us know!

The Farm Weekly Update

Harvest & Hunger Relief Update

Harvest amounts looking great with bountiful harvests each week thanks to perfect fall weather conditions.

Season to date harvest to exactly 6,896 pounds with 47% (or 3,241 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!

Community

Sam’s Club

A team from Sam’s Club Innovation Team helped us at The Farm this weekend. We were able to plant more fall crops, and catch up on maintenance. It is groups like these, who help us immensely and make the Farm possible.

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Fayetteville’s 1st Annual Crop Mob

You may not know, but October is a significant month on the food calendar, as it is National Hunger Awareness month and host to National Food Day (16th) and World Food Day (24th).

Feed Fayetteville has declared this a “Month of Action” and in celebration the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition is partnering with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Feed Fayetteville to facilitate an afternoon of “crop mobs” on Thursday, October 20, 2-4 p.m.

This will be a great chance for you to accomplish some tasks at one of Fayetteville’s Community Gardens in a short amount of time with several helping hands. If you have any questions feel free to write Charity Lewis, Feed Fayetteville’s Local Foodshed Coordinator.

For more information, or to register visit our webpage.

 

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The Farm Fall Harvest Party

October 22, 2011 (Saturday) 4pm to 8pm

5298 West Wedington Drive, Fayetteville, AR  72704

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We invite you and your family to attend The Farm Fall Harvest Party.

We will be gathering on October 22nd to celebrate the 2011 Farm Season.

Fun activities including pumpkin picking, hay rides, s’mores, bonfires, outside movie (The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown), and more!  We’ll have BBQ for small extra charge, so come and eat dinner with us.

Bring your blankets, chairs, and family & join us at The Farm to celebrate an incredible year!

Please register to reserve your spot.

See you down at The Farm!

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Fall Harvest Begins!

We are excited to share that this week we begin to harvest the first of our fall crops.  It’s been a tough year, but this Fall has been a gift from above.  We are expecting a full and bountiful crop for the next month.  For that we are truly thankful.

Weather permitting, we should be able to harvest until the first week in November.  However, if the weather changes, we will keep you updated on the end of year at the Cobblestone Project Farm and what that means for you.

It’s a beautiful time to be at The Farm, so we hope you and your family will have a chance to visit & join us for our Fall Harvest Celebration on Sat, Oct 22nd (click for more info).

Gary’s Weekly Update

Harvest Update

Thanks to you, we have been able to give away 46% of our total harvest this season to local relief in Northwest Arkansas! That is 3,017 pounds of produce. To date, we have harvested 6,586 pounds of produce.

In the last week we harvested 412.1 pounds, with 226 pounds of that going to Hunger Relief which we were able to give to Restoration Village and Samaritan Community Center.

Community Update

Last, but certainly not least, our Fall Harvest Party is coming up! Please join us on October 22nd from 4-8pm for a family-friendly event to celebrate the 2011 season at The Farm. This will be a time of fun and fellowship at The Farm, and will also be a time for the community to gather around what they have helped accomplish this season. We will have hayrides, kids’ activities, a bonfire, smores, and a showing of “The Great Pumpkin – Charlie Brown”.  Our pumpkin patch will also be open, and pumpkins and BBQ will be available for purchase.

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The crop mob at work in Orange County, Sunday, August 30, 2009.

Fayetteville 1st Annual Crop Mob

The Farm is honored to host the 1st Annual Fayetteville Crop Mob!!!

When & Where:

Thursday October 20, 2011

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

5298 West Wedington Drive

View MapMap and Directions | Register

Description:

You may not know, but October is a significant month on the food calendar, as it is National Hunger Awareness month and host to National Food Day (16th) and World Food Day (24th).

Feed Fayetteville has declared this a “Month of Action” and in celebration the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition is partnering with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Feed Fayetteville (ff) to facilitate an afternoon of “crop mobs” on Thursday, October 20, 2-4 p.m.

This will be a great chance for you to accomplish some tasks at one of Fayetteville’s Community Gardens in a short amount of time with several helping hands.  Please check out the flier link below for details.  If you have any questions feel free to write Charity Lewis, Feed Fayetteville’s Local Foodshed Coordinator.

Register