Full Speed Ahead

Seeds are in the ground and we are full speed ahead for the 2012 season!!! We have come a long way in the past year but this past week has seen a flurry of activity not to mention some incredible weather (let’s hope this is how it’s going to be all year).  This past week we’ve finished the framing of the hoop house, trellis system for the blackberries, prepared the ground with fertilizer (courtesy of Autumn’s ReRide Youth Ranch), and prepared the floor for the produce processing barn.  This time last year we were just breaking ground, but this year we have seeds...

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Breaking Ground

The 2012 season at The Farm is officially underway! Today we broke ground to begin preparing the soil for seeds, installing raised beds, adding fertilizer and more. If we take a moment and look back to one year ago when we broke ground for the 2011 season, we can see just how far we’ve come.  How far we have all come. Last year was our first year in Fayetteville.  We started with an old tractor, devoted hearts and a God sized dream.  However, when the first blades went into the ground, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy (see picture below). One year later we can say that had we...

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Almost planting time!

It’s hard to believe, but it another 2 to 3 weeks (weather permitting) we’ll be putting our first seeds in the ground for the 2012 season.  Yes, we have high hopes and great plans for this year; however, we will do our part and leave the weather part to the One who holds this entire initiative together.  Truth be told, we are selfishly asking for a little break compared to last season. As many of you know, last season we produce 8,700+ pounds of food and gave approximately 52% of that food away to local hunger relief.  This season our production plan tops 20,000+ pounds of...

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Bentonville High School Kicks off Cobblestone Project Chapter

For those who don’t have the opportunity to work directly with teenagers it might be hard to understand where they are coming from. They might seem a little odd to most adults, as they have their particular set of interests and ideas about the world. Most of them might seem silly, or rude, or awkward to many outside of their culture but after 9 years of teaching and 3 years of youth ministry this seemingly different group never ceases to surprise me. Maybe they are hard to understand as we (adults) see them but at every turn there are some that are every bit as excited about making a...

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Update from The Farm

Spring is quickly approaching & believe it or not if the weather cooperates we could have seeds going in the ground in another month. Our production plans are 98% of the way complete with the total production for 2012 season planned at 20,000 pounds of food.  This would be almost 3x the amount of food grown in 2011, but we learned a lot last season and we think it’s an achievable goal. We had a good rain on Friday, and that meant that some of the site & soil prep we had planned for Saturday would have to wait. However, this past Saturday an incredible crew of community friends...

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