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.

Feel the Love

Can you feel the love?Laundry Love Project, 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!

 

NWA MomProm Delights

MomProm 2014 was a smash hit with moms around NWA.

Thank you NWA moms. You rock!MomProm 2014

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.

 

Laundry Love Adds Up

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.

Laundry Love Project, NWA

Laundry Love in action!

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.

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.

Cobblestone Project Lug

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

fall at the farm

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

 

Special Matching Grant Opportunity

Announcing a Matching Grant!

Cobblestone Project strives to create a community without need. We believe that bringing dignity to others in our community in basic ways is a step in the right direction. Giving our time and resources to our neighbors allows us to connect on a personal level with individuals who have a story to share.

I am happy to say that through your generous contributions we did receive our “End of the Year Match Donation” of  $10,000. This incredible opportunity  allowed each of our supporters to double their impact and is daily continuing to help us bring dignity to our NW Arkansas Community. This fundraiser was fully funded and your gift was matched dollar for dollar.

YOU helped us reach that goal and enabled us to continue to serve the needs of those living below the poverty line in Northwest Arkansas. 

 

Cobblestone Project offers support, encouragement and manpower to initiatives such as Laundry of Love3 Bags in 2 Days, Art in the Park and Our Step.

The dream of the Cobblestone Project is to work towards “A Community without Need” –this dream is likely considered unachievable. However, when our idea of community is redefined by the true needs of our neighbors, our hearts are stirred toward action. 

“Loads Raised for Laundry Love”

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.

The creators of NWAMotherlode wanted to highlight the importance of making a difference in our community.  They generously chose the Laundry Love Project to receive the proceeds from this event.

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!