Cooler temperatures have provided the relief we've needed to provide a great start to the fall crops at The Farm. Despite the heat over the past couple of days the KFSM/Channel 5 News 7 day outlook looks like September will come just as we need it to setting us up for a great fall harvest. It's hard to believe that it's already September as we still have a lot of production ahead of us. Typically, we can continue harvesting through the first or second week of November, but with the crazy year we've had...who knows.
We are in the process of trying to finish the season on a strong note with execution of the fall crops as our top priority. We are also beginning to enter into the time when we start looking towards next year's plans, and so far we are truly excited about what may be possible next year. Stay tuned for more updates, and you are always welcome to send your thoughts & ideas to our Farm Operations team at TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.
Gary’s Weekly Update
We've been planting like crazy over the past two weeks & so far we have over 2,000 plants (mainly broccoli & cabbage) in the ground with another 10 rows of salad mixes and carrots.
Additionally, with the lower night time temperatures, the tomatoes are blooming again & setting some fruit. We are hoping for a small gift in the form of another few harvests of tomatoes from the 400 plants we have at The Farm.
Unfortunately, it does not look like the corn we planted as our last ditch effort will produce much of a harvest. The growth is okay, but many of the seeds failed to germinate.
Huge thank you to our community for their continued support and investment in The Farm. With schools back in session, we've been blessed to have a number of local student groups come out to The Farm to help with planting and maintenance.
Special thanks to Cross Church of NW Arkansas for bring almost 50 students out to The Farm this past Saturday to help us reset the poultry project and help with a lot of maintenance to help secure fall crop potential.
Another big thanks to Ecclesia College for helping us plant (apologies as we missed the opportunity to get some pictures and video). We are truly grateful for all of the wonderful people who been coming alongside the various Cobblestone Project initiatives for the past couple of years. Thank you!
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 lower due to loss of the corn & the July/August drought. However, The Farm is still producing limited crops to include okra, melons, peppers, tomatoes are coming back, and purple hull peas.
This week we harvested 146 pounds of food from The Farm with 28 pounds going to hunger relief (to Restoration Village).
This brings our season to date harvest to exactly 5,412 pounds with 44% (or 2,406 pounds) of the total harvest being given to local hunger relief in Northwest Arkansas!
We expect the new 3 to 4 weeks to be fairly similar to the past couple; however, when fall harvest starts coming in we'll be making up a lot of ground to balance out our hunger relief efforts.