***FTC Disclosure*** This is a sponsored post, which means I’ve received some compensation, but the views and opinions are my own. Please read on, because Cobblestone Farm is an amazing organization.
Nearly two years ago, my husband and I made one of those big, life changing decisions. We moved to a small 50 acre farm so he could pursue his dream of raising animals and healing and sustaining the land.
Although I grew up in Oklahoma and dreamed of having a horse, I wasn’t a farm girl in any other way. I grew up in the suburbs of Tulsa, played soccer through college and then pursued international travel before settling down to teach and write in Northwest Arkansas. Farming was outside my field of vision.
But that’s what spouses are for. They stretch you, challenge you, and you learn to take on their dreams as they take on yours.
So here we are on the farm. And in two years, I’ve learned A LOT about how most food is grown in the U.S. and how most of our meat is raised, and it’s been a shock to the system. I won’t write about it here, but suddenly, local farming and knowing your food sources became much more important to me.
That’s where this week and Cobblestone Farm comes in. Cobblestone is a local, non-profit farm committed to hunger relief. They donate over half of the produce they raise to local food banks, shelters and projects. How amazing is that?
In Northwest Arkansas alone, 130,000 people are “hunger challenged” every day. They go without meals because they don’t have the resources to secure them, and if they do, those meals are often nutritionally deficient. Food banks are amazing places, but they rely on foods with long shelf lives. Cobblestone brings fresh, locally grown food into the lives of the people who need it the most. That’s a project I can get behind.
You can, too? Great! Here’s more information and ways to help.
Cobblestone Harvest Party
THIS FRIDAY, September 15th, 2017, Cobblestone is holding its 4th annual harvest party. This is a food to table fundraiser that promises to be awesome. The party is being held at Morter Farm (8412 Morter Drive,Rogers, AR 72756) from 6 pm-11 pm. Enjoy cocktails and a great farm to table meal provided by chef Luke Wetzel of Oven and Tap. Good food, live music, open bar and country casual attire all promise a great evening of food and fun. Plus, I’ve always wanted to go to a farm to table dinner, haven’t you? So please, check out harvestpartynwa.org and put that in your plans for Friday night.
CSA Subscriptions – Cobblestone has Harvest Shares, community supported agriculture subscriptions that allow people to purchase their produce for an entire season. When you buy a harvest share, you’ll receive a box of fresh, in season produce, eggs and flowers each week from May through October. How fun to see what arrives in your box each week!
Volunteer or Donate – Cobblestone is a non-profit organization and accepts donations to help support its work in hunger relief throughout Northwest Arkansas. You can also volunteer at the farm! Take some time to dig in the dirt and give back to the community in a tangible way.
So join us this Friday night and meet some local farmers raising fresh, naturally grown food in Northwest Arkansas, and consider ways to support Cobblestone and other local food producers. Knowing where your food comes from and how it’s grown is rewarding and a more healthful approach to eating. You will love the difference!
Happy, healthy fall and see you at the harvest party!
Photos courtesy of Cobblestone Farm.