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.
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:
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.”
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 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.
It’s a great time to be at The Farm, check our calendar for opportunities to bring your family and enjoy the day.
..the Our Step program has been quietly moving forward over the past year, and this month we have the unique privilege of being able to share publicly Curtis’s story of hope.
Curtis is the 7th Our Step candidate to enter the program & it is a true honor to come alongside him during this season of his life to watch his story of hope come to life. Curtis now has a job at the Samaritan Thrift Shop, a place to call home through Our Step, and most importantly a new outlook on life.
Our Step is a collaborative housing initiative started by Seven Hills Homeless Shelter, Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Samaritan Community Center, the University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute and the Cobblestone Project to provide people and families a point for breaking the cycle of homelessness and domestic violence by eliminating the initial costs to secure affordable housing.
For more information on the Our Step program, please visit the Our Step initiative page for more information. If you would like to become involved in assisting current or future Our Step families, please send an email to OurStep@CobblestoneProject.org. You may also donate to help more people like Curtis once again gain independence, security, and dignity.
As of January 2009, University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute estimated there were 1,287 Homeless People in NW Arkansas of which half were under the age of 18.
On January 27th & 28th, a new NWA Homeless Census will be conducted to better understand how the issue of homelessness has changed in our community over the past 2 years.
Volunteers are needed to collect this critically important information, and you can help.
Please email Wendie Choudary (wchoudary[at]gmail.com) with your contact information if you would like to volunteer.
Additional details available by downloading the information sheet.
On October 1, 2010 a one-stop service provision event took place in Fayetteville, AR. HOPE 2010, sponsored in part by the Veterans’ Administration, was designed to serve those in need throughout the NWA region.
Take a few minutes to read the report (download by clicking imageto the right ), and if you would like to be involved in meeting the needs of the homeless in NW Arkansas please consider supporting
- Seven Hills Homeless Center
- NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter
- Samaritan Community Center
- Cobblestone Project Initiatives
For more information about the quality of life and homelessness, please visit the University of Arkansas’s Dept of Sociology Community and Family Institute website.
It has been one year since the 1,287 Homelessness Awareness Rally, and much has been accomplished.
On Saturday July 31st, Mark Horvath returns to NW Arkansas as a part of the InvisiblePeople.tv Road Trip USA to share how homelessness is changing, the accomplishments that have been made and the needs that still exist.
You are invited to come and be a part of continuing the work to end homelessness in NW Arkansas.
On Saturday, July 31st, Mark will be speaking at the UA Global Campus on the Square in Fayetteville (2 East Center Street). All are welcome to this free event. There will be other opportunities to meet and interact with Mark that will be announced over the coming weeks as final plans are made.
In June 2009, Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv visited NW Arkansas on his US Road Trip to share his journey from homeless to Homeless Advocate and share the true face of homelessness in the US.
For more background information, videos & pictures of the 2009 1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted Homelessness Awareness Rally, please visit the 1,287 webpage.
On behalf of the many people & organizations that have made this possible, it is with great joy that we share Don’s story from hopelessness to hope.
Don’s story still has many roads left to walk that will not be easy; however, he can now take that “next step” with a roof over his head and a community in support.
Our Step is a collaborative partnership with the University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute, Seven Hills Homeless Center, Samaritan Community Center, NW Arkansas Women’s shelter, the Cobblestone Project and the NW Arkansas community.
This story was made possible by the tireless efforts of so many and funding from the University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute and the United Way of NW Arkansas.
The Our Step initiative receives no federal or government funding & is only made possible because of the generous hearts of our community to understand needs and meet those needs in a way that works towards solutions. You can be a part of the future stories to be told by donating household items, preparing meals, fulfilling the needs of those placed into the program once they move into permanent housing or by financial donations.
There are many more people in NW Arkansas with stories just like Don’s, and through efforts like these we can bring them home.
Thank you to our incredible community!