How to Become Part of a Crop Mob
Crop Mobs are a new movement that I suspect will spread like wildfire. If you’re a small-scale, sustainable farmer they can be a lifesaver.
And if you’re without ample land they’ll rescue you from growers lust and put you in touch with the source of your food. :)Anyone can participate.
It’s not charity. The premise is that people who want to farm sustainably band together in a Crop Mob. When one of the members needs help on a farm, a work day is scheduled. Major tasks that would take a farmer and a few farmhands weeks can be knocked out in mere hours.
If you don’t work, you don’t get help. It’s that simple. No money is exchanged and the mobbers socialize and eat together after the labor is accomplished. The “landless” get to trade information with experienced farmers. True farm community spirit!
The first official Crop Mob was started in the Triangle area in North Carolina. Check out their website for more details or subscribe to their blog for updates. You can also read about them in the New York Times.
Spin-off groups have already started. If you’d like to get involved the Crop Mob website recommends these guidelines:
- No money is exchanged.
- Work is done on small-scale, sustainable farms and gardens.
- A meal is shared, often provided by the host.
- This is not a charity. We crop mob for crop mobbers.
I’m hoping someone starts a crop mob near me soon, I’ll be there!
*Edit* By late morning on 2/25/2010 I am considering starting a Crop Mob group in our area. Also, check out this post on the Cricket Bread blog… so glad to find it!