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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!

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

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.

Art in the Park- 6 Months!

Today’s post comes from Chloe Seal, initiative leader of 3 Bags in 2 Days. Art in the Park is a one-a-month event in Walker Park in South Fayetteville. We invite the under-resourced in our area to come to the park and to paint. We provide all the art supplies and serve dinner as well. People can come for a few hours and just be. People can come and let out whatever is going on in their lives and have a chance to freely express themselves through painting.

 


Tonight was so special. 6 months into Art in the Park and I couldn’t be any more in love. As if I’m not already borderline obsessed with it, tonight was something incredible. I can’t really put words to it or explain why it was so different. Every month it just seems to find it’s rhythm a little better and people start to feel truly welcome.

 

The best I can try to communicate about tonight would be the rich, deep community that could be felt. People came to paint and to eat, but the evidence of community and relationships could be felt by all. There was just a presence of calmness, trust, and abounding love. After all was said and done, a few of us looked at each other with the same thoughts of….wow. How on earth did Art in the Park come to be the way it was tonight? How did this incredible community come together in one place the way it did? How did art truly bring us all together?

 

I think this sense of community carried on through every avenue. People’s canvases seemed more vibrant than usual. The food seemed extra yummy. People clapped and cheered even when someone else won the duffle bag in the raffle. People helped each other get more paint or carry their stuff to the table. People laughed louder than ever. People encouraged others more than usual. New friendships were formed. 150 canvases were made beautiful. 120 lives changed. 120 people were just able to love and be loved. 

 

It was the best example of community that I have ever seen. Truly putting others first in a way that I have never witnessed before. A random, broken, overlooked, ragged and simply beautiful group of misfits (myself included) has taught me more about life and people that I could have ever imagined.

 

 

Beyond Laundry

Many times, we are unable to capture the amazing things that happen at Laundry Love NWA. Currently, we operate 4 Laundry Loves in Northwest Arkansas. We have selfless families who continually give up their Fridays to help our community. Our volunteers always look beyond doing laundry  to hearing and sharing stories with those engaged in Laundry Love. When you participate in LLP you easily see the relationships that have been formed outside the walls of the laundromats. Recently, the Springdale edition of Laundry Love saw a need beyond laundry, and helped provide local students with school supplies.

This story comes from our Springdale Laundry Love Coordinator, Lindsey Kelley:

Laundry Love Project Springdale serves people on the East side of  Springdale. We serve around 24 families every month, many that have students in the Public School System. The students range from elementary to high school and cover over 5 different schools. We serve among the poorest population in Springdale, and possibly Northwest Arkansas.  We knew that there was a HUGE need to provide school supplies to the families.  Thankfully, we had a donation given to us that allowed us to purchase 30 backpacks and fill them with necessary school supplies.  We passed out a backpack to each school age kid that was there and were even able to send a few home with families that did not have their kids with them.  The families were very grateful!  The smiles on the kids faces were priceless.  Several of the kids proudly wore their backpacks around the laundry mat and did not take them off. It’s such a small gesture on our part, but impacts these kids (and their families) profoundly.  We will definitely serve the families in this way every year. This was a wonderful experience for the volunteers as well!  There is nothing better than being able to witness the pride a child feels when receiving their new backpack! We are thankful for those who helped make this possible.

We know that dignity can come from  not only washing clothes, but also giving something as small as a new backpack. We believe every person, family, and  student possesses worth and when we are able to aid in this- it is an amazing experience of true community.

 

 

The story of Laundry Love is a powerful one, and if you haven’t had a chance to hear it- we encourage you to. We are honored and humbled to be a part of this larger story of cleaning the clothes of those living in poverty and converting laundromats into hubs of relief to those around us. Thank you for helping us meet a need and striving towards, “A community without need.”

For more info or to share another story, email us at llp@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.