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Volunteering at Cobblestone Project Farm - May 2014


Cobblestone Project Farm


About Cobblestone Project Farm
In March 2014 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 CityHelp Portrait Northwest ArkansasShear Kindness30 Days for Change3 Bags in 2 DaysOur StepLaundry 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 of course spending quality time together. 


May 2014 
This is the end of our third month as volunteer farmers and what has amazed me the most is how much the farm has changed from the beginning of May to the end. Each time we go, the crop seems to double in size! It's definitely become more fun for the boys, as there's so much to see and do now that we're in the full swing of Spring.  Harvest times have increased now as there's quite a variety of produce such as turnips, beets, radish, cabbage, kale, lettuce, collards, squash, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, etc. This is so wonderful, as there's so much more to be distributed to local community outreach centers! This is why we love this place...what a blessing! 




Highlight from this month: The new chickens have arrived! Cobblestone once again has chickens and we happened to be visiting on their first day at the farm. They were molting so they looked pretty pitiful, but by the end of the month they were looking much better! We were hoping to be able to start gathering eggs, but Farmer Jake told us that because they are growing their feathers back, most of their energy is spent on just that, and so not many eggs are currently being produced. Interesting! For now the boys have fun getting to feed them the scrap veggies. However, were excited for when we get to gather eggs from the hen house. 











Our friends came along for a visit this month also. It was their first time at the farm and we all had fun harvesting radishes, filling CSA boxes, and spending more time with the chickens. 













The Harvest Share boxes sure do look more bountiful now! There's still a few more subscriptions available. If you're interested, click HERE! Heck, your box may even be filled by one of these cuties.. ;)








By the end of the month, the crops were huge! Take a look at the difference from the begging of the month to the end...WOW!

May 2nd



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If you are interested in volunteering at Cobblestone Project Farm, visit 



To check out our previous months at the farm, and also other volunteer opportunities in the Northwest Arkansas area, click HERE!






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4 comments:

  1. Following you on here now Jessie! The cobblestone Project looks fun! I wish we could've participated before we left. <3 Em

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    1. I know...I think you guys would have loved it! Maybe you have a community garden around there you could volunteer at? Hope all is well in Ohio and you are settling in nicely :)

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  2. Hi! I just found your blog while doing a search for an area park. We also homeschool in the NW Arkansas area. Love that I found all this! bookmarking to come back later and poke around, thank you!

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    1. Hi Mel! Ahhh, a fellow NWA homeschooler...great to hear! Thanks for stopping by and dropping a line :)

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