From The Farm

Jessie’s Adventures Continue

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.  :)

Cobblestone Project volunteers

Jessie’s boys harvesting

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.

Fun at Cobblestone Farm

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. 

volunteers, Cobblestone Project FarmMeet Jessie and her family.

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.

Cobblestone Farm is at Bentonville Farmer’s Market

 

Jake and Lowell at Bentonville Farmer's Market

Lowell (left) and Jake (right) at the Farmer’s Market

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.

Our farm is certified naturally grown.Certified Naturally Grown foods, Cobblestone Project 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 Program is here!

Farm to Home Harvest Share

2014 Cobblestone Project Subscription Program

You can be a part of cultivating a community without need.

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Cobblestone Farm to Home Harvest Share

Subscription Program

 

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

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Buy One, Help Many: Limited Subscription Options:



Cobblestone Project Farm Hand

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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

Job Requirements:

• 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 jenn@cobblestoneproject.org

 

It’s harvest time at The Farm!

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

 

 

Production Update

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Hunger Relief

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.

 

 

 Sponsorship Opportunities

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:

TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.

Farm Update for April

Farm Update

 

Wow! It is hard to believe it is already April 1st. The last few months have flown by at The Farm and our first harvest date is scheduled for this month. We have loved getting to meet new faces that have been to see us, and we are thankful for the faces we recognize that are back again.

 

 

 

We have 17 rows already planted! Some of things you should be expecting to see us harvest: peas, onions, radishes, lettuce, potatoes,  beets, turnips, broccoli, cabbage. We have started seedlings in our new Green House, and produce is already visible in the High Tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

Jake, our new Farm Manager gave us a quick update of what is happening, so check it out!

 

 

 

 

We have started coordinating our Hunger Relief efforts with local organizations and are so thankful for what is happening in our community as it relates to Food Security. Check back with us as the First Harvest approaches & stories of truly amazing things happening in NWA continue.

 

Don’t forget our Volunteer Opportunities have started, so if you or your group wants to plan a volunteer day email us at farm@cobblestoneproject.org. We can’t wait to see you out at The Farm!

Green House Walk-Through

The Farm gets a Green House

This was an exciting week for The Cobblestone Project Farm. After much work, planning, and dreaming we were able to build our first Green House. We want to give a big thanks to Tray Morrison at White River Nursery for his expertise and help to make our dream a reality.

 

With the implementation of this Green House, The Farm will be able to help our community in many ways. We will now be able to extend our growing season throughout the winter months, which will allow us to distribute hunger relief year round. We are excited about the educational experiences we will be able to share with our community in growing and maintaining produce through the Green House. Yesterday, Farmer Jake gave us a walk through of our new Green House, and we can’t wait to share.

 

 

Don’t forget our volunteer Opportunities have started, so if you or your group wants to plan a volunteer day email us at farm@cobblestoneproject.org. We also have a few subscriptions left, so if you are interested about becoming a 2013 Harvest Share Subscriber you can learn more here.

Meet our new Farm Manager!

Welcome Jake Melton to the Farm Team

We are so excited to announce our new Farm Manager for the 2013 Season. We want you to recognize his face and learn a little bit about him. Jake Melton grew up in Marion, AR on the Mississippi delta, surrounded by rice and soybean fields. In college he took that love of the land and developed it further, learning about and implementing different methods of agriculture, and participating in the community that farming can facilitate. Jake also has a passion for using sustainable agriculture to develop vulnerable and food insecure areas locally and around the world, having spent time specifically in Mexico and Nicaragua. Some fun facts about Jake, his favorite thing to grow is Hot Peppers (Cayenne, Jalapenos, Poblanos) so don’t be surprised if you see plenty of peppers out there this year! This year we have some new changes, fun opportunities, and exciting progress to share. We hope you will come out and see us.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities have started, so if you or your group wants to plan a volunteer day email us at farm@cobblestoneproject.org. We also have a few subscriptions left, so if you are interested about becoming a 2013 Harvest Share Subscriber you can learn more here.

The 2012 Season is Officially Coming to an End

Wow! It is unbelievable that the end of the 2012 Farm Season is upon us. It seems as if we planted our seeds just last week. Although it was a hard production year, we learned so much about what our community is dedicated to; helping “cultivate a community without need.” We are looking forward to 2013 with a lot of anticipation.

 

The Farm has become a place of growth for over 1,200 people this year. Thank you to all  who have poured their time, sweat, and tears to volunteer for helping our community. We continue to be in awe of all who make Cobblestone what it is. Your dedication to us this season is one of the greatest assets to The Farm.
We look forward to the 2013 season!

Our Amazing Community

Once again, a “thank you” is not enough for your participation into what is happening at The Farm. We have loved getting to each and every one of you who has made it down to see us. Every family, group, and individual has left their handprint in the picture of what The Farm is working towards. The Farm team has worked tirelessly since May and we will now slow down a bit as the 2012 season closes. As the cold weather comes we will prepare for next season. We would love your input and suggestions as we start planning for next year.

 

(WalMart Finance Team helping during a planting and maintenance day)

 

(Fellowship College Ministry who came once a week during the summer)

 

Production Update

Production will begin to wind down as the weather continues to get cooler. We are planning on covering much of our land with a cover crop (Winter Wheat) until we begin to plant in the Spring. We are excited to continue use of the High Tunnel throughout the winter. The plan is grow a variety of greens and lettuces through the winter months. Continuing Hunger Relief during these months will bring added benefit to the local food programs, and hopefully help supplement what they are already doing. This will be the first time we are able to harvest past November, so keep on the lookout for more Farm updates!

At the end of the season , we have harvest 13, 063 pounds of produce with 7,181 pounds going to Hunger Relief efforts. We stand amazed and thankful for all you have done to help The Farm succeed during 2012. We look forward to a continued partnership as we move to 2013.

 

 

 

****We will begin selling subscriptions for the 2013 season by November 19th, so check back for more information and ways to get involved next year!

 

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