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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!

 

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:



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.

Christmas Time

When approached by a friend of Cobblestone Project, we were humbled by their idea to throw a Christmas party benefitting Laundry Love Project. Friends and family gathered as they normally do to celebrate Christmas, but with a new reason for celebration. Thanks to the McIntyre Family for hosting this amazing party and gifts that will go to benefiting our community.

 

Our Community:

 

“One of my favorite parts of Christmas time is throwing a Christmas party!  There’s just something about coming together with friends and family, sharing good food, hot chocolate and lots of laughs.  As I began to think about this year’s festive occasion and brainstorm ideas, I decided that this year was going to look a little different.  Myself, my friends and my family are all so blessed beyond need or want.  There are no gifts we could give each other that we genuinely need.  However, there are people in our community who have to choose basic needs over the luxury of Christmas gifts. I decided that this year we were going to be intentional.  This year, we were going to have a charitable Christmas party.  Together with my friends, we came up with a plan to host a party benefitting one of Cobblestone’s initiatives, Laundry Love Project.  It would be simple and easy.  Like most any other holiday party, we would plan the menu, decorate the house and invite all our friends and family…with just one little twist.  Instead of an ornament, cookie or gift exchange, we requested that guests bring rolls of quarters or laundry detergent to be donated to Laundry Love.  We sent the invites out, made a Facebook event, prepped the house, cooked the food and sat back to wait for the party to start.  As the house filled with friends, warmth and laughter, it hardly went unnoticed that the buckets by the tree were filling with quarters and laundry detergent.  We could never have anticipated the success of our very first charitable Christmas party!  Thanks to the outpouring of love & generosity of so many, over $300 in quarters and more than 1,000 loads worth of laundry detergent will be donated to Laundry Love Project serving the communities of Northwest Arkansas.  This year, I received a Christmas gift from our party, greater than any year before, in knowing that the happiness and joy we experienced in one night will go on for the months to come as the body of Christ serves others in an effort towards a community without need.” – Caroline McIntyre

 


For more information, or to learn about Laundry Love, visit our website.

Help Portrait NWA

Our Community

A few weeks ago, Cobblestone was approached by a local family to hear about the needs in NWA. Rhonda Greenway  and her family were tired of the materialism around Christmas. She once heard that “the best antidote to materialism is giving.” She decided to do something about it. She challenged her family and friends to give for 30 days leading up to Christmas. Their family is intentionally giving of their time, talents, or money every day for 30 days. We were so honored when they asked to participate in Help Portrait last Saturday giving of their time and resources to help our community. We want to share her story today, as a bit of encouragement as we approach Christmas.

 

“Mark and I were privileged to be a part of Help Portrait on Saturday.  Actually, Mark was there most of the day but since I had gotten home at 1:30 am that morning from Garrett’s game, I was only there for a few hours.  I am so thankful for those few hours.  It was an amazing day of giving of time and talents.  We had never heard of Help Portrait until we decided to do 30 Days of Giving this year.  When I contacted Cobblestone to find out ways to get involved in the community, Help Portrait was one of the initiatives they support.The day started around 7:00 am with set up.  Families started arriving around 9:00 to get their pictures taken.  There were 10 photographers around the Root School cafeteria set up with lights and back drops.  Before the families had their picture made, they were taken to “Hair & Make-up”, where the Paul Mitchell Beauty School was all set up.  It was impressive.  They curled and styled hair and fixed make-up and even trimmed beards.  Then the families had a full photo shoot with one of the photographers.  After that, the family was served breakfast or lunch while their pictures were edited and printed.  The editing room had about 10 people on computers, several printers and an assembly line where the pictures were put into frames and bagged with the CD of all the pictures.  It was efficient!!  I only waited on my pictures for 20 minutes!!  My family was not even finished eating yet.  When I showed them their pictures the dad teared up.  The family I walked through with had lost all their pictures in the Johnson flood last year.  Another lady was there with the cutest little boy.  She said she was his grandma and his mom…..his mother had died during childbirth.  This was the first pictures they had taken together.I don’t know if I have ever been a part of something I enjoyed more.  There was not a lot of money or toys to be collected.  People just gave of their time and talent……cooking, editing, photography, organizing, doing hair and make-up, serving and more.  It was incredible.Each family left with a 5×7 framed picture, a 4×6 picture and a CD of all the pictures.  They also received a hygiene bag full of goodies.  Almost 300 people came to Help Portrait and left with a smile on their face from a very fun experience. ”

 

 
 
 
 
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We are so thankful for the people of NWA who not only see need, but dedicate their lives to supporting and encouraging a solution to those needs. To read the rest of the Greenway’s blog, click 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