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For the 2013 year, Cobblestone is changing the way we approach the subscription model for The Farm. We are focusing on 1) adding value to you as the subscriber, 2) improving the quality of our produce, 3) creating efficiencies of distribution. We will also be integrating other aspects of Cobblestone into the “buy one-give one” model we have used the last two years. You will not only receive an updated subscription, but you will have the choice to allocate your donation. The Farm is a tool that will not only build community, but will be a way to solve issues of poverty, hunger, education, an economic development in NWA.
One Farm subscription purchase simultaneously provides a season’s worth of healthy food for your family and for your neighbors in need – the people in your own back yard, the ones you may never have met but care for deeply.
Harvest Share Subscription Overview
What does The Farm subscription include?
For 2013, you will receive an updated subscription to The Farm.
- 24 lugs over the course of 26 weeks (April to October)
- Fresh, locally grown, delicious produce from the Cobblestone Project Farm
- Home delivery!
- 2 You-Pick fruit days
- Added items in the lugs (coffee, meats, cheeses)
- 2 private gardening classes
What’s in the lug?
The lug will be filled each week with a diverse portion of what was harvested from The Farm that week. The contents of the lug will closely follow the crop schedule (on the right). Eggs will also periodically be added to the lugs as available.
With God’s grace and a bountiful harvest, each week could see approximately 10-12 lbs worth of fresh, locally grown food included in the lug (averaged out over the season). However, since you are purchasing a share, the exact type or amount of produce will not be known until harvest. If we have a bumper crop, you will have excess in your lug. If a crop fails, you will not receive that type of produce that was planned for your lug.
During the peak of growing season, June-Aug, you could receive larger amounts per week during the summer months, filled with corn, tomatoes, eggs and all the other produce that is perfect for this laid back summer months (see crop production schedule in the right column).
(We appreciate your patience and grace in advance, since weather and natural elements are not predictable. We can’t guarantee one type of crop, but will try our best to give you a wide variety of yummy, fresh food for you and your family throughout the year)
How is the food grown?
The Cobblestone Project Farm has earned “Certified Naturally Grown” certification and joins a community of over 700 farmers and beekeepers in North America!
Certified Naturally Grown farmers strive to strengthen the organic movement by preserving high organic standards and removing financial barriers that tend to exclude smaller farms that sell locally and directly to their customers.
We welcome everyone to come out and see The Farm, and we will be give a walking tour of the crops to explain all we do.
What organizations will The Farm donate fresh food to?
Exact distribution points will be dependent upon available produce, but over the past two years we have distributed food to a number of organizations to include: Samaritan Community Center, Restoration Village, Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Central United Methodist Community Meals Program, Habitat for Humanity, and 7 Hills Homeless Center. We are also working with Fayetteville & Bentonville Public Schools to implement our Gift Card Program.
If you would like to add your organization to our list of organizations, please send an email to TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org
How can I really ‘Be a Farmer’ and help grow food?
You can volunteer at The Farm, bring your family, or have an afternoon of service for your small group or organization. All ages and abilities are welcome. All we ask is that you that you come prepared to get a little dirty, listen to a few instructions, and get to know the fellow farmers on the row next to you.
What if I’ve never cooked a fresh bean in my life and they’re in my lug?
Any suggestions on what do? We’re working with local chefs to create recipes based on each lug’s contents. You’ll never wonder what to do with any vegetable that is new to your palette.
Corporate Partnership Opportunities
What if I love the idea of The Farm so much that I want to get my company involved?
What corporate opportunities are there? You can buy a row at The Farm and we’ll make sure a small sign with your company’s information goes next to it. Your company is also welcome at The Farm as a group, donating your time to serve those in need through The Farm. You can purchase produce for your company and even host your own Farmer’s Market at your office.
I’m a restaurant and would love to get involved. Interested in a certain crop for your restaurant?
We’d love to grow it for you and see The Farm on your menu. Let us know what you’d like grown and we’ll plant it.
What’s the crop schedule?
Broccoli, Lettuce, Kale, Herbs, Spinach, Greens (Turnip, Collard, Beet), Carrots, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Radish, Sugar Snap Beans
Blackberries, Garlic, Onions, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Turnips, Basil,
Green Beans, Potatoes, Squash, Cucumbers, Herbs, Peppers, Corn, Cantaloupe, Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Assorted Greens, Watermelon, Okra, Zucchini, Radish, Beets
Okra, Corn, Squash, Zucchini, Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Peas/Beans, Cucumbers,
Tomatoes, Herbs, Radish, Beets, Spinach, Cantaloupes, Watermelon
Pumpkins, Broccoli, Turnips, Assorted Greens, Herbs, Cabbage, Radish, Beets, Spinach, Celery, Winter Squash, Lettuce
How much is a subscription?
Spring, Summer & Fall Subscription (30 Available, Sold Out)
- Distribution typically begins with first harvest (late April/early May for 2013 Season) & goes entire season (late Oct/Early Nov weather permitting). First and last lug distribution will be announced in April.
- We will plan for 24 weeks of lug distribution over a 26 week season. If harvest amounts during Spring/Summer and Summer/Fall transition are bountiful, we may be able to provide additional distribution weeks.
- Prepaid share costs $1,000 ($500 of homegrown produce for your family and $500 of fresh food for local needs. $500 of each share is considered tax-deductible) & Installment plan shares cost $540 ($270 is considered tax-deductible)
Please note that shares will be sold to those on a first come, first served basis.
(SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE SOLD OUT BUT CHECK BACK NOVEMBER 2013)
What are the options to pay for a Farm subscription?
Currently, there are 2 options to purchase a subscription to The Farm (sale ends with 1st Harvest Share distribution which typically occurs at end of April)
- Prepay Subscription ($1,000 Total at Checkout)
- Monthly Payment (6 Monthly Payments of $170 each for total of $1,020)
Where & When do I pick up my Lug?
Currently there will be two options for distribution for your subscription.
1. You and your family can choose to pick up your subscription every Saturday from 9am to noon at The Farm in Fayetteville.
2. We are excited to announce that during the 2013 subscriptions, we will be providing home delivery as part of your subscription!
Can I choose to donate my entire subscription purchase?
Yes! Just let us know when you sign up and we will ensure that your share is directed to aid our hunger relief efforts in NW Arkansas.
If you have any questions, please contact us at TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.