Today I learned about a new phenomenon in rural North Carolina: crop mobs. Using “word of mouth” and the internet, a mob of “landless farmers and the agricurious,” as Christine Muhlke puts it, meet at a small-scale, sustainable farm to help lend a hand. The farmer provides lunch. During the day, volunteers may help bring in a hand-dug potato harvest, or they may clear a field of rocks. If they have carpentry skills, they may work on a greenhouse. Most importantly, they may be enabling a farmer who’s trying to do things environmentally right to preserve his or her farm along the way. Sustainable farming is labor intensive. These extra hands get a chance to see farming up close and learn about it, to get together with old and new friends, and to contribute to the locavore movement. Read more about it here. Now that I know about the concept, I hope to help start an Arkansas crop mob–but I think it’ll have a different name. Arkanfarmers? Arkanhands? If I can get something similar established here, I’ll let you know.
Do you know of other programs in your community? Do share!
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