Tagged Hunger

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

Fall at The Farm


Wow! It is hard to believe we are half way through October. We are so thankful for such a great continuing Fall Harvest. We are looking forward to some more yummy Fall produce. Once most of the Fall crops have been planted and harvested we will plant our cover crop, winter wheat while we prepare for next year.

 

Once again we want to thank each individual for making this year possible. As you know, this year was a difficult one for us, and we are forever grateful for the continued support. As we begin to wind down the season, we will still have opportunities to volunteer.

Our Amazing Community

 

We are super thankful for everyone that joined us the past few weeks at The Farm for Harvest, planting, and maintenance.

We are especially thankful for the Upward Bound  group who brought 10 students out to The Farm last weekend. The helped harvest and process for the upcoming distribution.  They accomplished so much for us and truly moved the needle on our work to date at The Farm.

The students also collected eggs, and helped process them as well.

 

We are also excited about our project with the Marketing for Nonprofit’s Class at the University of Arkansas. We have loved getting to know these students, and hear their thoughts on ways to improve The Farm.

 

 

Production Update

The Fall harvest has been great, and we are still harvesting  broccoli, cabbage, radishes, spinach, and bak choy!

This week, we will harvest sugar snap peas and turnips!

 

 Currently to date, we have harvested  12,440 pounds with 7,087 pounds going to Hunger Relief efforts. We continue to collect TONS of eggs as part of our Poultry Project. We are so humbled by the ways our community engages with those in need. As we begin to plan for 2013, we will keep you posted on new events, opportunities and ways to help “cultivate a community without need.”

 

 

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.

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!

 

Production Update

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:

TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.

Transitioning to Fall

 

We are starting to transition to Fall Planting mode and so far the weather has been great. Temperatures have been much lower and that allows the fall plants to grow in nicely.

It is hard to believe that we are thinking about fall, but with schools back in we know that Fall is fast approaching. There is a lot of work to be done at The Farm, and we are truly grateful for all of the people in the community who have helped out along the way.

Thankfully, things are starting to come back to life at The Farm; however, the affects of the Summer drought and heat will remain for at least the next few weeks. We are still grateful for the recent rains that have brought much needed relief to our plants.

 

Our Amazing Community

 

Our community has continued to amaze us, and we are truly grateful. We know as school, soccer, football, and everything else begins, time becomes precious. We are still in need of people to lend a hand to make sure we can finish our year strong. So, if you’re able to spread the word about opportunities to serve at The Farm, we would be very grateful.

We loved having students from the youth ministry and Central United Methodist Church in Rogers.
They learned how to harvest green beans and field peas. They collected four lugs of beans that will go to local hunger relief efforts!

We are also thankful for Fayetteville’s Youth Wrestling Team who helped plant fall veggies.

Production Update

For the fall season to we have planted  broccoli plants, cabbage plants as well as various salad mixes with much more to come!

We have a lot more plants to put in the ground and will continue planting over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated, but so far all is on track.

The Farm is still producing limited crops including okra, peppers, tomatoes, and  peas. This is due to the drought and heat this summer. We appreciate your grace and understanding during this time.

Our season to date harvest is exactly 10,025 pounds with 57% (or 5,946 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!

 

 

 

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.

Down at the Farm!

It’s hard to believe July is almost over. The heat over the past month and a half has been hard on all of NW Arkansas, and we are so grateful that we still have produce. That is a true testament of our community and our hard working farm team.

We’ve come a long way this season, and we are still seeing the fruit of our community’s labor. We continue to be thankful of everyone who has made this Farm season possible.

 

Our Amazing Community

Thanks to everyone that joined us the past couple of weeks at The Farm for maintenance and harvesting.

We are especially thankful for Fellowship Bible Church College Ministry who have brought students out every week, despite the heat and drought. They continue to accomplish so much for us and have had fun in the process.

 

 

We loved having student Farmers from Owl Creek out to the Farm last week. They helped harvest potatoes, tomatoes, and other produce. We had around 60 students participate  in learning about The Farm, and they were hard workers as well!

 

We are also thankful for the group from Harbor Church in Springdale who came out this weekend. They harvested tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon.

 

 

Production Update

While we have taken a hit from the heat and lack of rain, we are still producing at The Farm. The corn has had a hard time growing, along with the Sunflowers and lettuces. Recently we have harvested okra, potatoes, onions, watermelon and plenty of tomatoes.

 

 

We have harvested 8,454 pounds of produce so far this season. Of that,  5,137 pounds have gone to hunger relief and local food pantries around Northwest Arkansas such as Life Source, Samaritan Community Center, and the NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

 

 

 

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.

Cobblestone heads to D.C.

 

Last week, Cobblestone participated in a forum at the White House. We received an invitation from the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and the Office of Public Engagement to participate in a meeting to discuss the important role that social innovators play in expanding opportunity and addressing social issues. We were so honored and excited to be a part of this, and loved getting to meet some true world-changers.

Faith-based social innovators from all over the country came together for this event. The day consisted of panels, group discussions, and input from Senior Administration Officals. We explored how “faith-based organizations are creating innovative models and entrepreneurial ventures to make a positive impact on our economy and our society, often while serving our most vulnerable communities.”

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Joshua DuBois  & Jonathan Greenblatt  for hosting such an amazing group of people. The impact of their work was evident by the many groups that were represented during the meeting. People from different backgrounds, faiths, and passions gathered together to address social issues. The common denominators were the needs of our world, and the craving for sustainability in meeting those needs in communities around the country.

 

 


(Board members, founders, and team inside The White House)

 

 

A few things we took away from this meeting:

1.The impact local communities have as it relates to social justice issues. Communities are taking care of communities in a beautiful way all over the nation. We walked away proud and honored of what our community is doing in Northwest Arkansas. We are humbled to be a small part of a bigger movement within our community.

2. Collaboration is STILL key. We talk frequently about collaboration, but the importance of this virtue was reiterated while we were in D.C. This is a good reminder to engage with those in our community who fighting with us on ending issues of social injustice.

3. The people who are truly making a difference don’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We want to take this time to thank each one of you for making this possible. This opportunity was a reflection of all of the hard work you have done, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication and commitment to Cobblestone. We are humbled by the families and individuals who have paved the way for social innovation in NW Arkansas. Thank you for continuing to strive towards ” A Community without Need.”