We are officially in Fall Planting mode and so far the weather is cooperative very nicely. Temperatures have been much lower and that allows the delicate fall plants to take root without too much stress. It's truly hard to believe that we are thinking about fall, but with local schools back in session we know that this rhythm of life is continuing to move us forward. There is a lot of work to be done at The Farm, and we are truly grateful for all of the people in the community who have helped out along the way. We know we will have a thank you list a mile long once this season comes to a close.
Thankfully, things are starting to perk back up at The Farm; however, the affects of the Summer drought will remain for at least the next four plus weeks.
(Featured image courtesy of Novo Studio in Rogers)
Gary’s Weekly Update
Gary gave a pretty great update in his weekly video update; however, for the fall season to date we have planted over 500 broccoli plants, 200 cabbage plants as well as a lot of seeds for carrots, kale, and various salad mixes. With good weather conditions, we should be able to start harvesting in 6 to 8 weeks.
We have a lot more plants to put in the ground and will continue planting over the next few weeks. We'll keep you updated.
Our community has been amazing to help, and we are truly grateful. However, as school, soccer, football, and everything else under the sun begins again, we still are in need of people to lend a hand to ensure we can finish the year with the maximum benefit to the community. So, if you're able to join us, we'd love to have you spend a Friday evening or Saturday morning with us in the fields.
During this critical time of fall planting we have extended our Friday & Saturday planting times and you can find more information on our volunteer page.
We are thankful to our many Harvest Share subscribers who have invested so much into The Farm this year. Special thanks to Karen Graves (at right), Harvest Share subscriber & Cobblestone Project Board Member, who is about to enjoy some fried okra and peppers from The Farm.
We are in the early stages of planning our Fall Harvest Party, so save the date for Saturday, October 22nd. We’ll have all kinds of fun activities including the chance to pick your own pumpkins and enjoy the fruits of the season’s labor. More information to come & if you would like to volunteer to help plan or prepare we’d love the extra hands.
Harvest & Hunger Relief Update
Harvest amounts this past week continue to be lowers due to loss of the corn & the July/August drought. However, The Farm is still producing limited crops to include okra, some early melons, peppers, tomatoes, and purple hull peas.
This week we harvested 110 pounds of food from The Farm with 45 pounds going to hunger relief. We have not distributed eggs yet this week towards hunger relief, but should have some out soon.
This brings our season to date harvest to exactly 5,265 pounds with 45% (or 2,379 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!
Additional, we have harvested 877 eggs this season and have been able to donate 40% of those eggs to local hunger relief.
2012 Season Planning
This coming Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30 pm, we will be hosting a special Cobblestone Project Green Room that will focus on The Farm. You are invited to meet the many volunteers, Harvest Share subscribers, and The Farm Operations team to share your thoughts about what we may all accomplish together in 2012. Don't miss it!