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about cobblestone farms

Cobblestone Farms is a local non-profit passionately committed to hunger relief by donating over half of production to local food agencies in NWA. Our mission is to grow fresh food locally so we can support and teach the community the role fresh food has on health, wellness and a sustainable future. The Cobblestone Farm aids in the fight against hunger by growing and distributing certified naturally grown produce and eggs to local agencies. Our main source of funding is through CSA subscriptions.

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WE EXIST TO...

Provide access to fresh food to those who struggle to meet their basic needs. 

Motivate individuals in our community to live sustainably and advocate for the food insecure. 

Partner with local hunger relief agencies and sustainable development programs.  

We distribute fresh produce from our Fayetteville farm to local partners: Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Samaritan House, Fayetteville Public Library Books & Bites event, 2nd Street Pantry and LifeSource. 

Working with our community partners New Heights Church, Single Parent Scholarship, NWACC Brightwater and the VA Hospital we are able to offer a variety of programs dedicated to educating and advocating. 

Cobblestone Farms(1) provides access to fresh food to those who struggle to meet their needs, (2) motivates those in our community to live sustainably, (3) advocates for Arkansans who suffer from food insecurity, and (4) partners with local hunger relief agencies and sustainable development programs.

Cobblestone aims to feed the hungry nutritionally stable meals. 

Hunger in Arkansas

 

Hunger insecurity in NWA is higher than any other region in Arkansas. 130,000 Northwest Arkansas residents are "hunger challenged" - these individuals go without meals, and when they have a meal, it lacks basic nutrients. According to the Food Research and Action Center, Arkansas ranks third in food hardship with a 25% rate in homes with children. Food hardship is the inability of a household to afford adequate food. This hardship affects 1 in 4 families in Northwest Arkansas.

Food hardship touches more people than many think. More than 40% of SNAP beneficiaries in Arkansas come from working families according to Feeding America. These are our neighbors and friends that are suffering silently. People that are working and receiving assistance are still struggling to meet their basic needs.

Food banks and pantries are feeling the need as well. Feeding America released a study noting food banks are seeing a shift from emergency assistance to essential supplementation. Food pantries are utilized as a consistent food source. More than half of all food pantry clients visited a food bank at least six months or more during the year and 36% visited at least once a month.

Pantry clients currently receiving SNAP benefits are recurrent or frequent visitors to a food pantry at a rate of 58%. Households have to rely on both SNAP benefits and food pantries during sustained periods of economic difficulty. 

Members of communities all over Northwest Arkansas continue to silently face nutritional food deprivation. Cobblestone is going to do something about it and have a direct impact on families and children in our community who need a fresh, nutritional meal.  We encourage members of our communities to learn the struggles of their neighbors and offer a helping hand. 


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Community Supported Agriculture


What is CSA?

The Community Supported Agriculture Program is a subscription at  Cobblestone Farms. CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Consumers pay up front for a share or membership in the season, and in return receive fresh produce, farm fresh eggs and fresh cut flowers (when available).  CSA farms are dedicated to the production of naturally grown produce, safe for their members and the environment. 

To learn more about what a CSA is visit:
Local Harvest

What does my subscription include?

20 weeks of fresh Organic produce, one dozen eggs &  fresh cut flowers or potted herb beginning May 26th through October 6th.
Subscriptions can be picked up every Saturday in Bentonville at the Cobblestone Farm Farmers Market stand  or every Friday at the farm in Fayetteville.


Volunteer With Us

For all inquiries please contact Brynn Crabb at brynn@cobblestoneproject.org . Thank you!

We Rely On Volunteer Support To Help Us Maintain Our Farm and have opportunities for everyone!

Cobblestone Farms is grateful for all of our wonderful volunteers who help us with a variety of tasks from farm work to community events.  

When volunteering, please bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and food. If you have allergies, please bring all needed medications, as bees are present. 

Volunteer Needs

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MOWING TEAM

April-October we need 3-5 people once a week to help mow our green space. 


DEER FENCE MAINTENANCE

All year

HARVEST TEAM

We harvest primarily on Fridays. A group of 8-10 volunteers might recover 2,000 pounds of fresh, highly nutritious fruits and vegetables, yielding 6,000 servings for hungry people nearby. Harvest volunteers also benefit the environment: by preventing that ton of produce from degrading in the field or in a landfill reduces future greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of keeping one car off the roads for a year. The work is simple physical labor, usually picking and lifting fruits and vegetables of weights ranging from blackberries to cabbage.

GARDENERS

Have a green thumb? Let Cobblestone be your garden oasis!

We need up to 15 volunteers all year to help grow and maintain our row crops, hoop houses and greenhouse.  


OPERATION S.A.V.E

Operation SAVE is Cobblestone Project's veteran work therapy program. We have partnered with the Veteran's Healthcare System of the Ozark's to get our veterans back in the workforce! If you would like to lean how you can help fill out the contact form below.

If you are a veteran looking to participate, please contact the Veteran's Healthcare System, Main Line: 479-443-4301
Toll Free: 1-800-691-8387 and ask about Cobblestone opportunities.

Other Opportunities

The Cobblestone Project is always seeking individuals with certain specialized skills to serve as consultants and provide services as needed for the program. Our farm has a lot of different moving parts (literally!), and we need you to help us keep them going! We are always looking for carpenters, welders, mechanics, plumbers, and AC/Heating Technicians. If you have one of the skills listed above or another specialized skill that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you!

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Much of the work at Cobblestone requires standing, bending, leaning, and lifting. We have many different opportunities for all ages and physical capabilities. Please notify Cobblestone of any volunteers with special needs.
 

Corporate Team building Days

Share a day on the farm with your co-workers!

Cobblestone offers Corporate Team Building days that bring groups of co-workers together on our community farm to serve their community and increase group cohesion in the process. During Corporate Team Building Days, The Cobblestone staff will lead your group in team-building activities, educational games, a farm tour, and agricultural work

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Contact Us

Locations

Cobblestone Farms:
1210 54th Street
Fayetteville, AR 72704

                                                       Greenhouse:                                                     801 SE 8th St.                                    Bentonville, AR 72712

Mail

                                     PO Box 489   Bentonville, AR 72712

Email

For all inquiries please contact   info@cobblestoneproject.org or 479-276-4058. Thank you!

 
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We wish to acknowledge and thank our sponsors