Have you met Jessie and her sons?
Jessie and her two sons have become regular volunteers at the Cobblestone Project Farm. We appreciate her dedication and passion for helping at the farm to feed the hungry in Northwest Arkansas.
And we’re blessed by Jessie’s entertaining blog posts about her Farm visits. She makes volunteering sound fun. We have room for you to come play and help too. :)
Volunteering can be fun when you’re doing something that you care about. There were bees, boys, planting, playing and eating involved. Obviously they know how to have fun. Thanks Jessie, we appreciate you!
Read about Jessie’s latest farm adventures.
Learn more about volunteering or the Farm.
Thanks for helping to create a community without need.
The Cobblestone Project depends on the generosity of volunteers like Jessie.
There are many ways that you can support our Farm; buy produce at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market, buy a Harvest Share, sponsor a row, or volunteer.
They strive to live a simple, purposeful and sustainable life while enjoying the beauty of the Ozarks.
Jessie and her two sons started volunteering at the Farm in March of this year. They wanted to volunteer somewhere that was a good fit for their values and lifestyle. Thankfully for us, they chose our Farm for the opportunity to learn about farming and feeding the hungry in NWA.
After meeting Jake Melton, our Farm manager, they were turned loose to plant squash and dig in the dirt. Read more about Jessie’s March farming adventure in her colorful photo blog about Volunteering for Cobblestone Project Farm.
You can see our farm come to life through the help of Jessie and many other dedicated volunteers. Stay tuned for more farm adventures from Jessie and her sons!
Thanks Jessie! We appreciate your help, photos and passion for supporting our projects.
Creating a community without need in NWA.
The Laundry Love project continues to touch hearts by providing laundry services for folks in need throughout NWA.
Augusta Fields wrote a touching article about the many people who have been helped by Laundry Love in Northwest Arkansas. Please note that the laundromat in Fayetteville is Kamp Laundromat located at 549 W. 15th Street, just west of the intersection with 71 Business/ S. School Avenue.
From her article, “Laundry Love is a national initiative, but the Cobblestone Project, a nonprofit group that has a “community without need” motto, started the four northwest Arkansas projects six years ago, said Jennifer Watts, the executive director for Cobblestone. Other projects are based in Siloam Springs, Springdale and Rogers.”
To learn more about the people served by Laundry Love, read Augusta’s article called Laundry Love Helps NWA Homeless.
Beyond providing clean laundry, Laundry Love helps build relationships and community for everyone involved. Both patrons and volunteers speak of the friendships built as they give and receive services. The four local laundry locations are supported by volunteers and partners like NWAMotherlode, a blog for mothers, who continue to give generously.
If you would like to learn more, or volunteer, please visit our volunteer page.
Thanks for caring!
MomProm 2014 was a smash hit with moms around NWA.
NWA Mom Prom danced its way to another amazingly successful year on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Springdale Holiday Inn Ballroom. This massive girls’ night out for women and mothers age 21 and up is a fabulous night out with friends, and ticket sales help support Laundry Love. The event is hosted by nwaMotherlode.com, the largest mom-focused website in Northwest Arkansas. Presenting sponsor is Great Day Farms.
In only its second year, the NWA Mom Prom was able to DOUBLE the money raised for Laundry Love. The six thousand dollar donation will help cover operating costs for the organization for nearly 5 months.
What is a Mom Prom?
Well, it looks and sounds just like a real prom, except it’s a women-only event free from all the teenage drama and angst. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up, go out with friends, eat, dance, laugh and have professional and photo booth pictures made to commemorate the fun. Imagine if Barbie and all her Barbie friends went to a glamorous Prom and left Ken and his buddies at home for the night to take care of the kids. Sounds fun, right?
The Mom Prom even features its own “Glam Squad,” a pack of professional makeup and hair stylists from Brieshi Salon & Spa, standing by to fluff hair and touch up make-up before ladies get their Prom pictures made.
The Mom Prom DJ plays songs requested online by the women who attend, and an on-site “Shoe Bank” keeps all the sparkly high heels safe for women who’d rather dance barefoot.
Instead of a silent auction, Mom Prom features a buffet of amazing raffle packages donated by local businesses, with raffle tickets at only $2 each. There were 8 raffle packages at this year’s event, with themes including “Date Night,” “Bling,” “Branson Getaway,” “Summer Fun,” “Retail Therapy,” and more. The star attraction in this year’s raffle was a new Maytag Bravos washer and dryer set donated by Metro Appliances & More.
There’s no other event like this one in NWA. Although Mom Proms happen across the country in various cities, this is the ONLY one in the state of Arkansas.
A Mom Prom Queen was crowned during the night, chosen at random among all ticket holders. (No annoying popularity contests here.) The Mom Prom Queen received a crown, sash, flowers and a $500 Visa shopping card, sponsored by First Security Bank.
For more information on the NWA Mom Prom, go to www.nwaMomProm.com.
Thanks ladies for a smashing success! Laundry Love appreciates your support.
The impact of Laundry Love on local communities continues to add up.
Did you know that our local Laundry Love projects provide over 3700 loads of clean laundry for about 3000 people each year, just in NWA? Laundry Love is a national initiative with projects all over the country.
And all that clean laundry is provided by volunteers and organizations who give of their time and resources. Thanks to the generous support from four local laundromats who open their doors, numerous volunteers and many organizations who fundraise and donate, Cobblestone’s local Laundry Love projects continue to serve the people in need around NWA.
To learn more about the local impact of this wonderful project, read The Arkansas Traveler article called Laundry Love Washes Clothes and Hearts.
Or, visit our Laundry Love page to learn more about the project.
“creating a community without need”.
Thanks for caring in NWA.
Come see us at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market.
Say hello to the team of Jake, Lowell and Megan! The market is held every Saturday from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm on the downtown Bentonville square from April 26 – October 25.
If you are looking for fresh produce we’ve got it. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, we’ve got that too. Talk to Jake Melton, our Farm Manager, about all aspects of the farm. We provide educational opportunities for all ages on sustainable farming practices. You can learn more from Jessie and her family’s adventures at the Farm.
Maybe you’d like to enjoy delicious, fresh-from-the-farm, foods delivered right to your home. We’ve got that too. Learn more about our new Harvest Share program. You can have our quality, naturally grown foods delivered to you, or pick them up at Farmer’s Market or a few other locations.
Want a virtual tour of our Farm? You can see more pictures from the farm and our activities at our Facebook photo stream.
Thanks for reading, though it’s much more fun to see us in person! Come say hi at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market!
Cultivating community without need in Northwest Arkansas.
Farm to Home Harvest Share
2014 Cobblestone Project Subscription Program
You can be a part of cultivating a community without need.
Cobblestone Farm to Home Harvest Share
For the 2014 season, Cobblestone is continuing and improving the model we used for our Farm to Home Harvest Share subscriptions. We will continue to focus on adding value to you as the subscriber and improving the quality of our produce and our distribution options. As we have in the past, The Farm will continue to distribute half of our production to hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas. This enables the Cobblestone Project Farm to not only continue to build our community, but to also begin to solve issues of poverty and hunger and increase education and economic development in NWA.
In an effort to increase our hunger relief this year, we will also be increasing production. This will allow us to offer Harvest Share subscriptions as outlined below:
- Home delivery subscriptions for $1000 each (subject to delivery area)
- Bentonville Farmer’s Market Pick-up subscriptions for $800 each.
- Fayetteville Square Pick-up subscriptions for $800 each. (Optional Jammin Java Coffee 1/2 pound $8 per week or full pound $15 per week).
- Winter Subscriptions $600
What does my Cobblestone 2014 Subscription Include?
Seasonal Harvest Share Home Delivery & Pick-ups from May 3rd to the end of October:
- 24 lugs* (see below pic for example lug) over the course of 26 weeks
- Fresh, locally grown, delicious produce from the Cobblestone Project Farm like tomatoes, onions, squash, beets, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and peppers.
- 1 You-Pick fruit day
- Private gardening class
Winter Harvest Share (additional cost $600) Farm Pick-Up ONLY:
- Winter share is mostly greens like Kale, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Radishes, Turnips and other cold hardy vegetables from the beginning of November to the end of January (great options for smoothie or cold pressed juice fans)
What does my Cobblestone 2014 Subscription give?
Your Cobblestone subscription gives back directly to your neighbors here in NWA. You BUY ONE and HELP MANY. Each subscription enables us to grow produce and distribute for hunger relief to area food banks, soup kitchens and shelters as well as providing local public schools with fresh produce. Half of your subscription purchase is a donation to a 501c3 for our Cobblestone Project Initiatives.
Can I choose to donate my entire subscription purchase?
Yes! Just let us know when you sign up and we will ensure that your share is directed to aid our hunger relief efforts in Northwest Arkansas.
To Subscribe: Contact Jennifer Watts, Executive Director at 479-530-8943
* Example Lug
|Buy One, Help Many: Limited Subscription Options:|
Integral part of farm team, helps with implementation of production plan. Will be involved in all aspects of farm operations: starting seeds, transplanting, gathering eggs, harvesting, and processing. Will work with Farm Manager on any other projects as required.
Position is 20 hours/week with flexible schedule
Compensation based on experience
Weekend availability preferred
Position is seasonal: 2-1-2014 to 11-30-2014
• Must be comfortable working outside in all weather
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must be physically able to engage in work that can be very physically taxing
• Must be comfortable engaging with other workers/volunteers on a regular basis and work as a member of a team
Please send resume and attached application Employment applicationto firstname.lastname@example.org
When we received a phone call from NWAMotherlode, we were overwhelmed and extremely grateful. If you don’t know about NWAMotherlode, you need to know. NWAMotherlode was created to give moms in Northwest Arkansas a fun place to get together online to read, laugh and compare notes on motherhood. This year, they hosted their first Mom Prom, a HUGE girls’ night out for moms and women and wanted to benefit Cobblestone’s Laundry Love Project. The party went so well they plan on making this an annual event.
On May 4th, 330 women gathered in Springdale to celebrate NWA Mom Prom. Friends gathered and enjoyed great food, drinks, music and dancing, raffles for fun luxuries and gift-baskets, and an obscene amount of laughter. Attendees were welcomed on the red carpet and photographed with some of the popular entertainers of our day including Ryan Gosling, Adam Levine, George Clooney, and Channing Tatum. As the Mom’s proceeded into the ballroom, they were welcomed by upbeat dance music, lavish “girly” décor, the hue of pink lights and a ridiculously fun atmosphere.
On behalf of Cobblestone Project, I (Stephanie) was thrilled to share the vision of creating “a Community Without Need” through the amazing initiative of the LLP. I was able to share the reason Laundry Love exists, the need that exists in our community, and provide a way for momma’s alike to get involved in solving this issue.
I am thankful to all of the women who came, listened and participated in such an incredible evening. Each person can truly change the world, even one load of laundry at a time. These Mommas were able to raise $3,000 for our Laundry Love initiative! We invite you to change the world with us! Sign up to volunteer at one of our upcoming Laundry Love Events.
A special thanks to Gwen Rockwood and Shannon Magsam. Also thanks to Lisa Mac Photography for the great pictures!
This week we will begin the work of harvesting the first spring crops & begin food distribution to 2013 Subscribers and Hunger Relief efforts. We have come a long way (with the help of you) from this winter. We are excited about a new year at the Farm with new opportunities.
It’s a busy and exciting time at The Farm & the fruits of everyone’s labor is finally being seen.
The weather has not been ideal, but there is hopefully some warmer weather in the forecast for this week (and next) .
Our Amazing Community
Thanks to everyone that joined us the past couple of weeks at The Farm for maintenance and planting. We have been able to accomplish so much with the help of our amazing community.
We are especially thankful for Providence Academy who brought students, and Rogers First Church of the Nazarene for coming out in the last couple of weeks. Despite the chilly and damp environment they were able to accomplish so much for us and have had fun in the process.
We are also thankful for one of our sponsors, Great Day Farms! Their sponsorship of the Poultry Project has brought healthy protein to people in need in our community. We are excited about a new fun project with them, to be announced very soon
As the Farm season continues, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities We would love for you, your family, group, business, or church to come out and help “cultivate a community without need.” To sign up or schedule your group, please email morgan(@)cobblestoneproject.org
While we have taken a hit from the cold nights and the rain, we are still starting to produce at The Farm. Thanks to the high tunnel and the green house, production this week will happen! We are going to start harvesting some of the lighter, leafy items this week. Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Radishes, Collard Greens & Eggs are on the schedule!
The strawberries made it through the winter and are already producing flowers in the high tunnel. We can’t wait for you-pick fruit days this summer!
We had the privilege of planting the 150 blueberry plants las year that we received as a part of Project 7′s Save The Earth Campaign during Earth Day. These blueberries will provide a great source of incredibly healthy food to our hunger relief efforts next year, so we are extremely thankful to our friends at Project 7 for their investment into the vision of The Farm. And thanks to all of those who participated in their campaign, it’s fun to see the direct impact to our community based on your efforts. We are also using our rain barrels from Seven Hills as a way to irrigate our fruit and blueberries!
Our hens have started laying again, and we are excited to give out eggs in the next few weeks!
We are finalizing our plans for our Hunger Relief efforts for 2013. We still have openings for food donations for your church, organization, or food program. If you are interested in learning more, or receiving food please email farm(@)cobblestoneproject.org to apply.
For 2013, we are excited to announce new sponsorship opportunities at The Farm. If your department or business would like to know more, please email katelyn(@)cobblestoneproject.org for more information and sponsorship packets.
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: