Like so many in our community, we are saddened by news of the closing of World Garden in Bentonville.
Over the past year we have had the privilege of coming alongside their mission, their staff and their family to be a part of a story that goes to the core of what drives the Cobblestone Project forward. World Garden's story of creating a space in our community that allows those in need to have their basic needs met is actually only a small portion of their larger story.
Their larger story is one of leaving behind the comforts and security of this world to pursue a higher calling of loving their neighbor and serving their God regardless of their personal cost. This is a story that speaks to our human condition in a way that allows us all to move past the temporary comforts we may enjoy in order to find greater purpose in loving and serving our neighbor.
Desmond Tutu is quoted as saying
"My humanity is wrapped up in yours, for we can only be Human together"
We want to thank Rick, Cindy and their children for showing our community what a tangible expression of living a life in the service of others can truly look like. Their vision, their heart and their labor has created a better community for us all, and for that we are forever thankful. In short, they have allow us to "be Human together."
While the physical World Garden may be closing, their story and their efforts will continue forward with great energy. Over the past year, their efforts have begun initiatives such as The Garden, food Gathering & Distribution operations and The Farm. These initiatives will continue forward and their impact in the lives of those in our community will remain strong. If you had the opportunity to spend anytime with Rick and Cindy, you will know that their mission behind World Garden was a desire to serve those in our community. Let us rededicate ourselves to these efforts and continue forward in the spirit of what began all of this.
We are thankful for the Boosey family and we know that this is not the end, but rather another opportunity to re-imagine a new tomorrow. A better tomorrow.
For more information on the initiatives that have begun as a result of World Garden's efforts, please spend some time on the Cobblestone Project website to find out how you can help.
- The Garden @ Samaritan Community Center (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Food Gathering and Distribution teams (email@example.com)
- The Farm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are some of our memories & the impact that World Garden has made...