Cover photo by Mallory Lane Photography
We recently came across several opportunities to get involved with some our favorite local nonprofits, and you’ll recognize a common thread—all are about spending some quality time outdoors.
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As you head outside for this beautiful weekend, take a moment to think about your role in protecting our region's natural resources for future generations. Join the NWA Land Trust and help #SaveLand to support clean water, local food & farms, wildlife, and recreation in the natural state! www.nwalandtrust.org/donate 📸 by @interbeingimages
Three Internship Positions at the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
Do you know of or are you a college student working in education, environmental studies, communications, or nonprofit management? The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is looking for 3 individuals to join their team as an Environmental Education Intern, Land Stewardship Intern, and Communications & Development Intern.
From giving field trips at the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom and Nature Center to helping monitor over 3,500 acres of conservation lands to helping spread the word about this work—the Fall internships run from August 26th to November 29th.
Now in its 16th year, NWALT is the region’s only local and accredited land trust, dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the permanent protection of land. By holding and managing donated land and providing conservation easement services, the land trust protects water quality, local farms, wildlife habitat, and places for outdoor recreation while enhancing quality of life for today and future generations. The service area of the land trust includes 13 counties in Northwest Arkansas, with a core focus on Benton and Washington counties.
Learn more about the internships HERE.
CareCropping with Seeds That Feed
At the end of the farmers’ market in both Fayetteville and Bentonville, local farmers donate their extra veggies to Seeds That Feed to be distributed to those in need throughout Northwest Arkansas. The team weighs, logs, and categorizes all of the donations on the square. Several organizations then meet them on the square to pick up veggies for their pantries and community meals and the rest of the produce is then delivered out to lower income communities and other pantries around Benton County and Washington County.
As part of the WalmartGivesNWA campaign, if you choose to do some “carecropping” (volunteering) with Seeds That Feed at either farmers’ market the organization will earn $10 for each hour of service. To get involved in Bentonville visit HERE. To get involved in Fayetteville visit HERE.
Seeds That Feed’s mission is to help grow healthier communities by providing access to healthier foods. Through the collection and distribution of surplus fresh produce ─ from area farmers directly to local hunger relief efforts ─ they are able to both increase access to under resourced populations, as well as help to eliminate waste.
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We had a great time on Sunday with Chef Erin Rowe, a local chef and friend, Arkansas native and lover of all things Ozarks! Erin led a Garden Soup and Salad class, with a generous donation of bread from @rockinbaker. We also had rosemary infused lemonade and chocolate mint tea straight from the TCF gardens! Check out our website for our upcoming classes! #community #cooking #education #food #urbanfarm #nonprofit #bread #garden #salad #local #ozarks #nwa #fayettevillear #fayar #chocolatemint #supportlocal #share #give
Board of Directors at Tri Cycle Farms
Are you passionate about food waste and food security? Have you wanted to get involved with an urban farm or food recovery but not known how? Tri Cycle Farms is actively seeking a community member to become their board treasurer. If you or someone you know is interested, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. General board members are needed as well, so spread the word!
If you are interested in learning more about what they do and how to get involved, they are hosting a Summer Open House on Saturday, July 20th! This open house is FREE and open to the public. Food and snacks will be available as you stroll through the gardens, lounge in the shade and enjoy the delights of their farm-park atmosphere! Their staff and board members will be available to answer questions.
Tri Cycle Farms is a community urban farm working to address food insecurity by growing food and teaching others to grow food. They have a beautiful, productive garden on 2 acres of land in the heart of Fayetteville.
Hiring: Farm Specialist at Cobblestone Farms
Did you know Cobblestone Farms, located in Fayetteville, donates 50% of fresh grown produce on their farm to hunger relief efforts in Northwest Arkansas? Their mission is to grow fresh food locally so they can support and teach the community the role fresh food has on health, wellness and a sustainable future.
They are currently seeking a Farm Specialist to assist in all farm production goals. This position requires knowledge in farming, high tunnel production, pest management, orchard management, plant production, fertilization management and vegetable production practices. Daily tasks include harvesting, pruning, cleaning tools, recording data, planting, seeding, fertilizing, weeding, mulching and composting. To learn more and apply visit HERE.