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Getting in the Swing of Summer

We have had a great couple of weeks at The Farm. The weather  has been beautiful and our summer crops are coming in nicely. It has been a blast seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones during the weekend Harvest Parties.

Our Amazing Community

Big thanks to those who came out to The Farm the past few weekends. We have enjoyed blackberry cobbler made by one of our wonderful volunteers, made with Farm blackberries and eggs. Also, a huge thanks to the West Ozark Deanery Youth Group who helped prune the tomatoes. The Neilsen group picked blackberries, processed potatoes, and picked tomatoes. We are so grateful for each group helping to  “cultivate a community without need.”

 

Production Update

Summer is here, and the crops are doing extremely well. We have harvested some really yummy produce and are looking forward to this weeks harvest of: Squash, potatoes, onions, cabbage, beans, radishes, and garlic.

The weather has been perfect so far, and we are extremely grateful for this. It makes for a fun, cool, and exciting environment for you and your group to volunteer!

Hunger Relief

Hunger Relief distribution is underway. To date we have given away 1,965 pounds of food to local food programs and Non-Profits. Samaritan Community Center ,  NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter , Central United Methodist and LifeSource International.  We have also redeemed giftcards, and are grateful to our community for helping feed the hungry in our area.

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

It’s a great time to be at The Farm, check our calendar for opportunities to bring your family and enjoy the day.

Thankful for the Rain!

It’s been a hot and dry early summer, but the recent rains have provide some much needed relief to our crops.  We received almost three inches over the past few weeks and it should provide a nice boost to current production.

Our Amazing Community

Huge thanks to those who came out to The Farm over the Memorial Day weekend to help pick blueberries, plant peanuts, and just enjoy the day. Also, thanks to Fellowship College who came out and help this past weekend and helped harvest blackberries and onions!

Production Update

The past few weeks at The Farm have seen a flurry of activity as the summer crops are starting to come in strong.

We have a whole lot in the ground and planted peanuts, corn, and much more.We harvested around 15 pounds of blackberries this week, along with cabbage, peppers, and snap peas.

We are excited to share that the hens have started laying eggs! We collected 5 eggs this week, and are expecting many more throughout the summer.

Hunger Relief

We have begun hunger relief distribution & we were excited to deliver some of our first crops to Samaritan Community Center & NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

We have planned to give some of our heavier produce such as tomatoes and potatoes to Hunger Relief efforts. They will begin to pick up and occur during the week if anyone wants to help with mid-week harvest and preparation for hunger relief.

Volunteer Opportunities

It’s a great time to be at The Farm, check our calendar for opportunities to bring your family and enjoy the day.

Help-Portrait NWA 2012 Senior Session

For many of us our senior year of high school is all about planning a senior trip, getting your senior photos taken, no longer worrying about our ACT score and anticipating the exciting future on the horizon.

For others, their senior year is full of worries and stresses, usually things that young adults shouldn’t have on their shoulders.

Help-Portrait NWA longs to assist the latter group with the gift of photography by giving them a glimmer of hope and self worth through photos.

On April 28, Help-Portrait NWA had the privilege of working with several high school students. With 2 locations set up in NWA we photographed 20 students and hopefully restored a sense hope and even if just for that day allowed the students to be free of whatever worries they have. It was a wonderful day and as Austin Waters summed it up “It was narly!”

I saw students that day that probably did not think having senior photos was even possible…Help-Portrait NWA made it possible! Not only were photos taken and smiles shared, but these students touched our hearts as we hopefully did theirs.

As we wrapped up the event on April 28, I was left astonished once again at the thought that while all of our volunteers gave such a wonderful gift to our students, the students had also given us a gift! A powerful lesson of love, humility and graciousness is there for all to learn who participate.

Help-Portrait is not just about photos…It’s about hope. It is about showing people that good is still out there and people do care. Everyone is worth loving and being loved…that is what Help-Portrait is to me. I am not a photographer or editor but I am a person and I do have love…and that I can and will give.

Help-Portrait NWA has a spot for everyone, if you want to help give people hope and build their confidence we have a spot for you!

It’s Harvest Time at The Farm!!!

It’s hard to believe it, but we are finally harvesting and distributing food from The Farm!!!

We’ve come a long way this season & have a long way to go, but we have finally begun to see the literal fruit of our community’s labor.

We are so thankful and so proud of everyone who has made this possible.

You have all made this happen and it is because of all of those who have spent countless hours at The Farm that we can celebrate Harvest time is finally here!

Our Amazing Community

We are super thankful for everyone that joined us this week at The Farm for Harvest, planting, maintenance and the 1,000 other things we needed to accomplish.

We are especially thankful for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership group who brought over 60 students out to The Farm last weekend.  They accomplished so much for us and truly moved the needle on our work to date at The Farm.

They planted, helped with harvest, planted 150 pounds of sweet potatoes, and made our lives at The Farm a whole lot easier.  Thank you amazing people!

We are also always thankful for our littlest Farmers who help show us that life isn’t always about what we accomplish, but more about who we are and just being present.

Production Update

A whole lot happening this part of the year at The Farm.  We were able to plant 150 blueberry plants which will produce a whole lot of fruit next season, but the blackberries are coming in very strong and we should have those to share in another couple of weeks.

We also wanted to share quick video on how our produce processing work. There’s a whole lot of work that goes on outside of most people’s view, but we want you to know that we are taking all the necessary steps.

Additionally, we were able to plant 150 pounds of sweet potatoes and we have a whole lot of green tomatoes.  Broccoli slowed down a little because of the heat this past week, but we should be ready soon.  The onions and salad greens are doing great.  Unfortunately, we had bug issues with the squash.  Fortunately, it was early enough to reset those and work towards a great crop for rest of season.

Project 7 Blueberries

We had the privilege of planting the 150 blueberry plants this past Saturday 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.

Harvest Share Members

This week we distributed our first food from The Farm to our Harvest Share subscribers & so far it seems the results are great.  We’ve heard lots of stories of yummy meals & excitement to know where their food has come from.

Special thanks to our incredible Farmer’s Market team this week that was run by Jeff Melton, Anita Rausch and Mark Casey.  Huge thanks to Hannah at The Farm for making things go as smoothly as they could.

Everyone should have received their weekly update by now, but if you haven’t please let us know at TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.

It’s Spring Harvest Time!

This week we will begin the work of harvesting the first spring crops & begin food distribution.

It’s a busy and exciting time at The Farm & the fruits of everyone’s labor is finally being seen.

We could use a little rain, but there is some in the forecast for this week. We have a lot of seeds in the ground that just need a little water to get them moving.

Our Amazing Community

Special thanks to everyone who helped at The Farm this week.  It’s so great to see so many familiar faces & meet new ones.

The World Gym of Northwest Arkansas Volunteer Squad & their families came out on Saturday to help & they were so much fun!

I even think a few of the kids at The Farm even were lucky enough to get some tractor rides!  The New Holland tractor from William’s Tractor continues to make The Farm a better place.

The Farm team took a break on Thursday to join our friends at the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville Community Meal (somewhere we donate food to during the season), and were reminded just how incredible they truly are.  Glenn Miller took some time to give us an update on the needs they are seeing every week & then the following day he brought a group out to The Farm to help cultivate the crops.  It’s so amazing to being able to help each other & we are truly grateful for our friends at CUMC.

Our friends at Walmart continue to humble us as so many groups from so many different divisions continue to invest their time in The Farm showing us that they truly are committed to “Fighting Hunger Together.”  We were thankful to have friends within Walmart ISD come out to The Farm again on Friday!  Amazing company and amazing people!

Production Update

We started initial preparation to plant the blueberries we’ll be receiving as a part of the Project 7 Earth Day Celebration partnership.  We have 150 blueberry bushes on the way that will benefit the Northwest Arkansas community and our Hunger Relief Efforts.  We love the direct impact that Project 7 is making in Northwest Arkansas.

The blackberries are starting to come in very well & we hope to be able to have enough to include in our Hunger Relief and Harvest Share Subscriptions!

We are planting a whole lot of flowers this season!  Not only do they make The Farm looking amazing, but they really help to keep the bees in the field for pollination and erosion control between rows.  We had some little fingers help us get them ready for planting!

Sustainability

We were thankful to have a number of students from Dr. Jennie Popp’sFundamental’s of Sustainability” class at The Farm on Saturday.  They help with cultivation and also were able to see how The Farm serves as a “managed system for agriculture.”

Farm Operations

Well…it’s not always great at The Farm & this Saturday it looks like our Farmer’s Market “Freedom” Van has finally died.  We’ll be in need of another transportation and delivery vehicle, but until them we will just be thankful that it lasted as long as it did.

Visit The Farm

We are so encouraged every week and the number of people that come to add their hands and hearts to the vision of The Farm.  We know that without our Northwest Arkansas community, none of this would be happening.  You’re an incredible inspiration & you’re making an incredible difference in the lives of so many.

Thank you & upcoming farm service opportunities can be found online or we can coordinate times during the week via emailing us at TheFarm@CobblestonProject.org

 

 

Art in the Park…3 Bags in 2 Days

This past Saturday was the launch of 3 Bags in 2 Days new “Art in the Park” initiative!

We had been saying for a few months that if 1 person paints, then we will count it as a success….well, after a week of hitting up multiple community meals, churches, and other events with hundreds of flyers and announcements, the moment of truth was about to happen.

We had the main pavilion of Walker Park in Fayetteville reserved from 2-6 pm with dinner being served around 4:30. Come 1:30 as we were loading up to head out, I got an incredibly excited feeling. We pulled up to the park around 1:45 and much to my surprise…there were about 15-20 people waiting there for us to start painting!

It was beautiful before it had even begun.

Within 30 seconds everyone was at our cars unloading all the tubs and boxes. Tons of canvases, paint brushes, hygiene packs, resource flyers, clothing, household items and so much more was being carried to be laid out in the pavilion. When everything was laid out, organized and ready to go…we started!

Words cannot describe what joy filled my heart as the “Art in the Park” mixed CD I had made starting playing and the paint started flowing.

Within minutes, tons of people were sitting down and entering the world of their emotions. People were soon taken away to a different place of healing and restoration while letting the paintbrush be the tool that tells their story.


I looked to my left and there was a group of about 4 little kiddos painting away with the most joyful smiles I have ever seen. Paint all over their clothes and faces but not a care in the world. For just a few minutes…all was well.

As the day progressed onward with the same peaceful and beautiful momentum as the second that it had started, we saw about 60 people take time to paint.

The stories were simply beautiful.

They were stories of giving up life-long addictions, memories of their families, motivations through hardships, joy, pain and sorrow, and so much more.

Each had such emotion and life poured into it that it could not have been anything but a masterpiece. Everyone signed their work to validate it and give ownership. So many smiles and so many stories.

Art in the Park is something that we have been dreaming of for a long time coming and to see it manifested was humbling. I can’t stop thinking about it and the beauty and healing that it entailed. I am already ready for the next Art in the Park. I truly see the value in art and story-telling, more now than ever.

With restoration and healing on my mind,

Chloe

PS- We have some BIGGGGG thank yous to send! Thanks to the U of A’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity for cooking and serving the yummy dinner! Also, huge thanks to Philip Thomas, of Novo Studio, for documenting the day with beautiful images that truly capture beauty and joy that was present.

Celebrating Earth Day with Project 7

Thursday, April 19th is Earth Day & the Cobblestone Project is partnering with Project 7 to “Save the Earth” by planting fruit trees that will provide food for families in Northwest Arkansas.

Project 7 has teamed up with Walmart, Caribou Coffee, and other retailers to plant 2 million fruit trees back into the earth through the sale of their “Save the Earth” products.

2 million trees that will combat deforestation, fight erosion, provide oxygen, add moisture to the air, and provide food for families.

The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!

This week for every new “like” on Project 7′s Facebook page and every new follower on Project 7′s Twitter account, they will donate additional funds to one of their “Save the Earth” partners and plant more trees.

The Impact

The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!

Project 7 will be providing approximately 150 blueberry bushes or two 300 foot rows of blueberries to The Farm.  That’s a whole lot of blueberries!!!

These blueberries will provide much needed fruit that will be directed towards feeding families at risk for food insecurity in our community for years to come.

And as an added bonus, blueberries have many nutritional benefits that include being packed with Vitamin C, high in dietary fiber, and leading fruit in antioxidant.

How You Can Help

To help provide those blueberry bushes to The Farm, we would ask that you “like” Project 7 on Facebook and/or follow Project 7 on Twitter.

We will be working with Project 7 over the next few weeks to plant those blueberry bushes at The Farm, so there are also opportunities to come out to The Farm to help put them in the ground (more info coming).

You can also share this with your friends with a simple post like…

Twitter:  In honor of #EarthDay, @Project7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter follower & facebook like. Let’s #SaveTheEarth!

Facebook: Our friends at Project 7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter “follower” and Facebook “like.” Go like and share!

About Project 7

Project 7 exists to do good around the globe. They make everyday products like bottled water, gum, mints and coffee that give back to seven areas of good.

Purchases Feed the HungryHeal the SickHope for PeaceHouse the HomelessQuench the ThirstyTeach them Well and Save the Earth.

Check them out at Project7.com.

Summer Planting Starting!

Activities at The Farm are right on schedule & with the incredible weather we have been experiencing we are expecting a great harvest in the coming weeks.  We’ve starting planting some of our summer crops to include tomatoes, okra, bush beans, and peas. Our Spring crops are doing great to include lots of potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, salad greens, spinach, and lots of herbs.

We are preparing for the first Bentonville Farmer’s Market of the year (last week of April) & hope you’ll plan on coming out to see us on opening day.

Our current production schedule is working towards May 5th as first distribution of Harvest Share Subscriptions (still a few available), and we will have more info out to subscribers as that time comes.

Weekly Farm Update

Our Community

Nothing happens at The Farm without the hands & feet of our community.  So many people continue to give their time & energy to seeing The Farm move forward, and we wanted to share a few of those many faces with you.

Anita Rausch

Diane, Emma & Nora

Our Farm Operations Team (Welcome Baldwin!)

Nick & Brad

Helene, Megan & Leslie

Will aka “The Deer Handler”

 

Harvest Share Subscriptions Still Available

There are a few remaining Harvest Share subscriptions that will be available until first harvest (expected to be May 5th).

One Farm subscription purchase simultaneously provides a season’s worth of healthy food for your family and for your neighbors in need – the people in your own back yard, the ones you may never have met but care for deeply.

By simply buying fresh, homegrown goodness for your family from The Farm, you can plant seeds of compassion and grow positive change in Northwest Arkansas.

Harvest Shares are available for $500 (prepaid) or via 6 monthly installments of $90 each (total $540).

For more information, please visit our Harvest Share Subscription page or email TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.

Volunteering at The Farm

There are opportunities every Saturday from 9am to 1pm to come out to The Farm and put your hands into the dirt.

It’s a great time of the year to be outside & it promises to be an opportunity for your family to serve together, play in the dirt & contribute towards helping those at risk for food insecurity in our community.

Our calendar page shows all the available dates & we can schedule groups during the week.

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Present in the City: Grace

Wednesday March 14, 2012 – Wednesday March 14, 2012

Fellowship Bible Church NWA

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Description:

The Cobblestone Project & People of the Second Chance invite you to gather for an evening that promises to radically transform your understanding of grace and second chances. Please plan on joining us on Wed, March 14th at 6pm as we gather as a community and raise a banner of grace.

(click to download “Present in the City:  Grace” printable announcement posters)

Mike Foster

We are lucky to have Mike Foster as the keynote speaker for Present in the City: Grace. Mike is a speaker, author, and consultant helping people live and tell a better story. Mike is the Co-founder of “People of the Second Chance” a radical grace movement made up of activists, artists and imperfectionists. He serves on the Executive Team of PlainJoe Studios and is the author of “Gracenomics: Unleash The Power of Second Chance Living” He lives in Southern California with his beautiful bride and his 2 young children.

People of the Second Chance

People of the Second ChancePeople of the Second Chance is a global community of activists, imperfectionists and second chancers committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone. We challenge the common misconceptions about failure and success and stand with those who have hit rock bottom in their personal and professional lives. We are a community that is committed to stretch ourselves in the areas of relational forgiveness, personal transparency and advocate for mercy over judgment.

for more information, please contact info@cobblestoneproject.org

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Community, Rain & Grace…

While Spring hasn’t officially arrived, we don’t care because at The Farm we are claiming that Spring is HERE!!!

Our community has been so gracious for their huge investment into The Farm so early in the season.  It is ensuring we are on track with our production plan, and with weather like we have been experiencing we are very happy with were we are in this second week of March.

We have a whole lot of potatoes (almost 3 to 4 times where we were last year at this time), onion, cabbage, and broccoli.  Over the coming weeks we will be planting assorted lettuces, kale, spinach, peas, radishes, and spring mix.  We may also be able to start some tomatoes and herbs as well.

Community

The people who quietly come week after week to push seeds into the ground are the backbone of The Farm.  We simply could not do this without you (& you know who you are Michele, Liz, Anita, and Brian).  We are humbled, grateful and thankful for all you do.  Thank you is not sufficient for what you have made possible.

We are truly thankful for some faithful groups such as the University of Arkansas chapter of the American Marketing Association.  You guys are amazing and we thankful for your amazing support during this critical time of the year.  Your tireless efforts are making a huge difference & we are grateful.

(the above pictures was from two weeks ago, but wanted group shot)

And of course we love everyone else that is helping with The Farm.  Was so much fun to have these beautiful Farmers this past weekend helping us plant!

Production Update

We had a very productive day last Saturday.  We planted another 2,500 onion bulbs and began work on planting the broccoli & cabbage crops.

Additionally, we were able to finish the installation of the High Tunnel thanks to many helping hands and some calm winds.  Gary was able to start planting in there yesterday and that will help get some early summer crops in motion.

and to cap off an amazing Saturday planting day, we were given the gift of grace in the rain that fell all day Sunday.  We had about 3/4 of an inch of rain at The Farm (according to our rain gauge but felt like a lot more than that), and that provide the perfect conditions to let the seeds, bulbs and plants settle in the soil.  Thankful for the rain.

The Farm Weekly Update

If you would like more information on The Farm or how you can get involved, please visit our calendar of events or email TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org