Fall is here!
With temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s the past couple of weeks, it is safe to say Fall is here! We hope you are enjoying the weather as much as we are. We are excited about the Fall Season, as we look back to the summer that we had, we continue to be grateful for what was accomplished. It seems that The Farm is coming back to life, and the produce is looking great!
Our Amazing Community
We are extremely grateful for the groups and organizations who continue to dedicate their time to The Farm. We are also grateful for our Farm Team who keeps the experience alive, and work harder than you can imagine. Recently, Jeff Melton, Farmer’s Market Coordinator spoke about the idea of Redefining CSA, and we would love for you to hear his thoughts.
“When people approach me at the Bentonville Farmers’ Market and ask, “So, what is The Farm?”, I usually ask them if they’re familiar with what a CSA is. The Farm, I tell folks who are familiar with the acronym, is “CSA plus community outreach”.
I realized this morning that The Farm is really a much better example of community-supported agriculture than most other entities that use the description. We are supported, not only by our subscribers, but by churches, schools, global corporations and other non-profits based in Northwest Arkansas, all of which realize that a community is only as strong as its weakest members. Because of that, what we do might better be called Community-Supporting Agriculture.
All of these Friends of the Farm join with us in “cultivating a community without need”. Thanks to all who help make The Farm what it is!”
Also, thanks to the WalMart Finance team for helping during our Planting & Maintenance Day. They brought over 40 volunteers and were able to help further our Fall planting and harvesting!
We also had fun planting broccoli with Grace Hills Church during their NWA Service weekend. We love the energy groups like these bring to what we are doing. They continue to have a great attitude no matter the circumstance, and a little fun as well!
We still have a few weeks before we begin Fall Harvest, and we are anticipating a great Fall crop. The lettuce has come in nicely, as well as the peas and sweet potatoes. We will also be harvesting broccoli, cabbage, radishes, spinach, and bak choy !
Currently to date, we have harvest 11,660 pounds with 6,785 going to Hunger Relief efforts. We have also collected TONS of eggs as part of our Poultry Project. Last week, the Farm was excited to donate 24 pounds of spring mix lettuce to the community meal at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.
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: