From July, 2012

Down at the Farm!

It’s hard to believe July is almost over. The heat over the past month and a half has been hard on all of NW Arkansas, and we are so grateful that we still have produce. That is a true testament of our community and our hard working farm team.

We’ve come a long way this season, and we are still seeing the fruit of our community’s labor. We continue to be thankful of everyone who has made this Farm season possible.

 

Our Amazing Community

Thanks to everyone that joined us the past couple of weeks at The Farm for maintenance and harvesting.

We are especially thankful for Fellowship Bible Church College Ministry who have brought students out every week, despite the heat and drought. They continue to accomplish so much for us and have had fun in the process.

 

 

We loved having student Farmers from Owl Creek out to the Farm last week. They helped harvest potatoes, tomatoes, and other produce. We had around 60 students participate  in learning about The Farm, and they were hard workers as well!

 

We are also thankful for the group from Harbor Church in Springdale who came out this weekend. They harvested tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon.

 

 

Production Update

While we have taken a hit from the heat and lack of rain, we are still producing at The Farm. The corn has had a hard time growing, along with the Sunflowers and lettuces. Recently we have harvested okra, potatoes, onions, watermelon and plenty of tomatoes.

 

 

We have harvested 8,454 pounds of produce so far this season. Of that,  5,137 pounds have gone to hunger relief and local food pantries around Northwest Arkansas such as Life Source, Samaritan Community Center, and the NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

 

 

 

Thanks again for helping “Cultivate a Community without Need”. We hope you will come and visit us down at The Farm. For more info or questions, feel free to email us at:

TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.

Cobblestone heads to D.C.

 

Last week, Cobblestone participated in a forum at the White House. We received an invitation from the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and the Office of Public Engagement to participate in a meeting to discuss the important role that social innovators play in expanding opportunity and addressing social issues. We were so honored and excited to be a part of this, and loved getting to meet some true world-changers.

Faith-based social innovators from all over the country came together for this event. The day consisted of panels, group discussions, and input from Senior Administration Officals. We explored how “faith-based organizations are creating innovative models and entrepreneurial ventures to make a positive impact on our economy and our society, often while serving our most vulnerable communities.”

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Joshua DuBois  & Jonathan Greenblatt  for hosting such an amazing group of people. The impact of their work was evident by the many groups that were represented during the meeting. People from different backgrounds, faiths, and passions gathered together to address social issues. The common denominators were the needs of our world, and the craving for sustainability in meeting those needs in communities around the country.

 

 


(Board members, founders, and team inside The White House)

 

 

A few things we took away from this meeting:

1.The impact local communities have as it relates to social justice issues. Communities are taking care of communities in a beautiful way all over the nation. We walked away proud and honored of what our community is doing in Northwest Arkansas. We are humbled to be a small part of a bigger movement within our community.

2. Collaboration is STILL key. We talk frequently about collaboration, but the importance of this virtue was reiterated while we were in D.C. This is a good reminder to engage with those in our community who fighting with us on ending issues of social injustice.

3. The people who are truly making a difference don’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We want to take this time to thank each one of you for making this possible. This opportunity was a reflection of all of the hard work you have done, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication and commitment to Cobblestone. We are humbled by the families and individuals who have paved the way for social innovation in NW Arkansas. Thank you for continuing to strive towards ” A Community without Need.”

 

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July at The Farm

It is hard to believe that July is already here.  It has been a hot couple of weeks, but this weekend’s rain provided the relief our plants have needed. We have had a blast with the volunteers who have continuously worked hard to help our community.

Our Amazing Community

We continue to me amazed by all of our volunteers. The hard work and dedication is evident in the harvest. We have had over 400 different volunteers at The Farm, and have loved getting to know each one of you.

 

 

Production Update

Summer is in full swing and we are continuing to be blessed by a bountiful crop. In the last couple of weeks we have harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, radishes, potatoes, beans, peppers, and herbs. We are thankful the hens have started laying and we now have eggs! We will continue to harvest our Summer crops and in the next few weeks begin to plant for our Fall Harvest.

We have currently harvested 4,677 pounds of produce with 50% going to hunger relief. We continue to need volunteers, so bring your friends, family or office down to see us!

 

Hunger Relief

Hunger Relief distribution is underway. To date we have given away 2,322 pounds of food to local food programs and Non-Profits. Samaritan Community Center ,  NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter , Central United Methodist and LifeSource International.  We have also redeemed giftcards, and are grateful to our community for helping feed the hungry in our area.

Today we are dontating potatoes, tomatoes, and cabbage to St. Paul’s Episcopal, Central United Methodist, and LifeSource. Our team was up early harvesting and processing the produce.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

It’s a great time to be at The Farm, check our calendar for opportunities to bring your family and enjoy the day.

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As our previous post talked about, we have been taking sponsorships for little kiddos who are graduating from a recovery program and moving on to big-kid school! These 20 kiddos will be starting kindergarden in the fall and have been through more than what any child (or anyone) should ever have to go through. But they [...]

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