Give Back with the Cobblestone Project

Happy Monday y’all. I hope everyone had a great weekend! On Friday night, I had the privilege of attending Harvest Party 2017 benefitting the Cobblestone Project. Today I’m going to recap the event and explain what the Cobblestone Project means to Arkansas.

Harvest Party Recap:

On Friday night, we gathered at the beautiful Morter Farms Barn near Rogers, Arkansas. The setup could not have been more perfect. The sun has begun to set earlier, so it was getting dark upon arrival. This was a welcome gift though, because you know how hot it gets in Arkansas.

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We gathered together to be updated on the project and to see how it was developing in Northwest Arkansas. It was great to be surrounded by others who are like-minded in helping those who are in need. We were treated to a farm to table meal as we heard from several speakers who were involved with the Project.

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There was live music, silent auction, and a bonfire to wrap up the night. Thousands of dollars were raised for the Cobblestone Project. What a blessing!

What is the Cobblestone Project?

(from their website) The Cobblestone Project 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.

The Cobblestone Project has a farm in Fayetteville which harvests various produce and delivers to partners throughout the area. These partners distribute this produce to those in need.

Did you know that 1 in 4 families in Northwest Arkansas suffer from the lack of adequate food? Now is our chance to step up and help them.

What does it mean to me?

As a pharmacist, this project means so much to me. For example, I began to counsel diabetic patients on the importance of healthy food in their journey with the disease. I quickly learned how much our communities need to be educated on which foods should be consumed more often: fresh fruits & vegetables. Eating healthy/clean take time and planning though. What I like about this project is the education that comes with it.

I have seen what it’s like for children to struggle not knowing where their next meal will come from. My mom and grandma were both teachers when I was growing up, so I was able to see it first hand. It was sad to me at that time, but as I’ve grown up, it’s become more sobering to me.

One Bible verse in particular has really spoken to me when I saw the goal of this project:

Luke 12:48: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (NIV)

How can you help?

Volunteers are necessary at Cobblestone Farm and you can sign up here.

Donations are key to keep the Cobblestone Project running successfully. You can visit this site to help.

CSA’s are available for purchase. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. This is a way for farms to deliver fresh produce, eggs, and flowers directly to consumers. Your CSA purchase will give back to the community as well. Below is the schedule from last year’s CSA:

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(image via Cobblestone Farm)

Be sure to follow the Cobblestone Project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Email me if you have any questions about how to get involved or if you would like more information!

Thanks for reading & have a good week. XO,

Rebekah

*Thanks to Cobblestone Project for having me at the Harvest Party and to be an ambassador for the Project. All opinions are my own.*

38 Comments

  1. robin rue
    09/18 / 5:36 am

    That sounds like such a cool party and I sure hope they get the volunteers they need. Volunteering is a great way to do some good in the community.

    • 09/18 / 6:31 am

      It was a great night & a great Project for NW Arkansas! Thanks for reading :)

  2. 09/18 / 7:27 am

    This would be a fun party! I need to look more into the Cobblestone Project. It sounds like a fabulous one. I’ll look into seeing if I can volunteer.

    • 09/18 / 9:12 am

      That’s awesome, Amber. We would love to have you! Thanks for reading!

  3. 09/18 / 8:44 am

    Looks like you had a great night with a lot of fun with your friends. I love stuff like this where you can get together have a great time for a wonderful cause.

    • 09/18 / 9:12 am

      Agreed! The best way to have fun is to give back. Thanks for stopping by ;)

  4. 09/18 / 9:06 am

    The Cobblestone Project sounds like an amazing way to give back. We bought from a CSA here in Central AR a few times and it was an affordable way to support local farms and get farm fresh produce delivered monthly.

    • 09/18 / 9:12 am

      That’s so awesome to read from someone who bought from a CSA! Thanks for reading ;)

  5. candy
    09/18 / 10:39 am

    What a wonderful way to introduce fresh and healthy food to people. This project is awesome and I hope it will spread across the country.

    • 09/18 / 3:39 pm

      I hope so too, Candy! Thanks for reading ;)

  6. 09/18 / 11:00 am

    Now this sounds like such an awesome way to give back and how lovely are the Cobblestone Project to be doing this to help.

    • 09/18 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much! Cobblestone is helping so many.

  7. 09/18 / 11:51 am

    I wish they had a location in Illinois! This looks like a fabulous night and a great project and what a great initiative to support locally. I grew up in a rural farming community and I always love to hear about projects like this one.

    • 09/18 / 3:38 pm

      I agree! Maybe other locations will take note ;)

  8. 09/18 / 3:33 pm

    It’s so nice that Cobblestone Farm is committed to helping the community in such a big way. It’s cool to see everyone coming together to contribute too.

    • 09/18 / 3:38 pm

      Isn’t it wonderful? Thanks for reading!

  9. 09/18 / 4:13 pm

    I’d never heard of Cobblestone Project before. It’s great learning about an organization that helps give back to the community – especially through good food, which is a luxury for so many people.
    We’ve tried getting our produce from a local CSA and loved the experience. So fresh!

    • 09/19 / 9:53 am

      I can’t wait to try a CSA, Miriam! I’m all about fresh produce.

  10. What a great party. I love the whole farm to table movement, and it sounds like Cobblestone Farm is really helping.

    • 09/19 / 9:52 am

      Farm to table is so smart and I love helping others! Thanks for reading!

  11. 09/18 / 7:43 pm

    This sounds like an amazing organization. The idea that they just exist to give and help others is amazing.

    • 09/19 / 9:52 am

      With all the sadness in the world, good organizations give me hope!

  12. 09/19 / 12:33 am

    I hadn’t heard of the Cobblestone Project before. It’s great so see campaigns like this trying to help the people in our communities that need it most.

    • 09/19 / 9:52 am

      I agree! I hope that the Cobblestone Project goes viral!

  13. 09/19 / 2:29 am

    So many families go hungry and this sounds like a great way to give back and teach families the importance of fresh produce. And I love that you’re helping to educate people on what to eat too.

    • 09/19 / 9:51 am

      Thanks, Erlene. Education is key to healthy eating!

  14. 09/19 / 6:55 am

    This looks like a unique place to take in. We’ve been growing our own veggies this year. It’s a great way to teach the kids about farm to table.

    • 09/19 / 9:51 am

      That’s a great idea! And when they take a healthy lunch to school, others take note.

  15. sara
    09/19 / 8:36 am

    This is such an awesome thing that the Cobblestone Farm is doing! Companies that give back are ones I want to be involved with. Thank you for sharing.

    • 09/19 / 9:51 am

      Sara, I love supporting this Project. Thanks for reading!

  16. 09/19 / 11:47 am

    What a great party & project. I would love to attend.

    • 09/19 / 5:41 pm

      Yes, it was a great wrap-up of an amazing project! Thanks for reading!

  17. 09/19 / 1:28 pm

    I love it when you can combine charitable giving with a fun time! That looks like such a blast.

    • 09/19 / 5:40 pm

      It was great to celebrate the work of so many individuals!

  18. 09/19 / 3:41 pm

    What an amazing project! I commend these people for working so hard to help those in need.

    • 09/19 / 5:39 pm

      I am so glad to see projects like this popping up!

  19. 09/20 / 5:07 am

    I admire companies that gives back to the needy. The Cobblestone Project will help a lot of people for sure, thanks for raising awareness of it.

    • 09/20 / 10:57 am

      I agree, thanks for reading!

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