From April 28th, 2012

It’s Spring Harvest Time!

This week we will begin the work of harvesting the first spring crops & begin food distribution.

It’s a busy and exciting time at The Farm & the fruits of everyone’s labor is finally being seen.

We could use a little rain, but there is some in the forecast for this week. We have a lot of seeds in the ground that just need a little water to get them moving.

Our Amazing Community

Special thanks to everyone who helped at The Farm this week.  It’s so great to see so many familiar faces & meet new ones.

The World Gym of Northwest Arkansas Volunteer Squad & their families came out on Saturday to help & they were so much fun!

I even think a few of the kids at The Farm even were lucky enough to get some tractor rides!  The New Holland tractor from William’s Tractor continues to make The Farm a better place.

The Farm team took a break on Thursday to join our friends at the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville Community Meal (somewhere we donate food to during the season), and were reminded just how incredible they truly are.  Glenn Miller took some time to give us an update on the needs they are seeing every week & then the following day he brought a group out to The Farm to help cultivate the crops.  It’s so amazing to being able to help each other & we are truly grateful for our friends at CUMC.

Our friends at Walmart continue to humble us as so many groups from so many different divisions continue to invest their time in The Farm showing us that they truly are committed to “Fighting Hunger Together.”  We were thankful to have friends within Walmart ISD come out to The Farm again on Friday!  Amazing company and amazing people!

Production Update

We started initial preparation to plant the blueberries we’ll be receiving as a part of the Project 7 Earth Day Celebration partnership.  We have 150 blueberry bushes on the way that will benefit the Northwest Arkansas community and our Hunger Relief Efforts.  We love the direct impact that Project 7 is making in Northwest Arkansas.

The blackberries are starting to come in very well & we hope to be able to have enough to include in our Hunger Relief and Harvest Share Subscriptions!

We are planting a whole lot of flowers this season!  Not only do they make The Farm looking amazing, but they really help to keep the bees in the field for pollination and erosion control between rows.  We had some little fingers help us get them ready for planting!

Sustainability

We were thankful to have a number of students from Dr. Jennie Popp’sFundamental’s of Sustainability” class at The Farm on Saturday.  They help with cultivation and also were able to see how The Farm serves as a “managed system for agriculture.”

Farm Operations

Well…it’s not always great at The Farm & this Saturday it looks like our Farmer’s Market “Freedom” Van has finally died.  We’ll be in need of another transportation and delivery vehicle, but until them we will just be thankful that it lasted as long as it did.

Visit The Farm

We are so encouraged every week and the number of people that come to add their hands and hearts to the vision of The Farm.  We know that without our Northwest Arkansas community, none of this would be happening.  You’re an incredible inspiration & you’re making an incredible difference in the lives of so many.

Thank you & upcoming farm service opportunities can be found online or we can coordinate times during the week via emailing us at TheFarm@CobblestonProject.org