Posted by Jessie K / Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / No comments / Arkansas , Cobblestone Project , Cobblestone Project Farm , Volunteering
Volunteering for Cobblestone Project Farm- March 2014
|5494 West Wedington Drive, Fayetteville, AR|
About Cobblestone Project Farm
In March my boys and I started volunteering for Cobblestone Project Farm. The Cobblestone Project's dream is to create a "community without need," and they are the backbone of several different volunteer initiatives in the area including Present in the City, Help Portrait Northwest Arkansas, Shear Kindness, 30 Days for Change, 3 Bags in 2 Days, Our Step, Laundry Love, and of course Cobblestone Project Farm, which focuses on local hunger relief. The food they grow there is distributed to local shelters, soup kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, etc.You can spend your time there as a volunteer farmer with many different opportunities to help around the farm. Check them out at the Bentonville Farmer's Market on Saturdays! You can also purchase a Harvest Share Subscription which follows a "buy-one-give-one" model.
I had been seeking out a volunteer opportunity that would be a good fit for the whole family and I absolutely loved what Cobblestone Project Farm stood for--what they were doing to help the community and I wanted our family to be a part of it. On top of that, as a homeschooling family I knew it would be a great opportunity for hands on learning..really valuing how and where our food comes from, and spending quality time together.
Our first visit
On a Cold March afternoon, my oldest son and my teen cousin and I spent our first day on The Farm. It was mighty chilly, but we were prepared to work in the field if we had to! We felt like we lucked out when the farm's manager, Jake Melton, put us in one of the warm and cozy greenhouses to plant squash seeds in starter pots. Farmer Jake warned us that we may "get dirty" and whaddaya know, that's right up our alley!
Inspecting the potatoes
The other greenhouse was being prepped for the Spring growing season.
They had just started planting in the field and we were excited that we would be able to get to see the crops progress from "the ground up." :)
I think my son's favorite part of The Farm was the wood-chip piles which are more like little hills!
If you are interested in volunteering at The Farm or any other Cobblestone Project Initiative, visit their website at http://www.cobblestoneproject.org/.
To check out our 2nd month at The Farm, click the picture below!
and to see several more volunteer opportunities in the Northwest Arkansas area, click HERE!