What the heck is a Crop Mob?
According to cropmob.org:
“Crop Mob is primarily a group of young, landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. Crop mob is also a group of experienced farmers and gardeners willing to share their knowledge with their peers and the next generation of agrarians.”
Essentially Crop Mobbing is a group of people gathering together to help a small farmer with a specific project. The mob provides an impromptu, volunteer workforce and the farmer shares their skill, knowledge and experience. Both parties gain a measure of community connection and usually the host farm feeds the mob for their trouble. (Further cementing the correlation between food and society!)
Here at Maggie Mae Farm, building community and creating a real connection to the food source is important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, aspiring farmers or not. Some people join us at a Crop Mob event because they’re interested in gaining agricultural experience. Others do it to better appreciate what it takes for their dinner to arrive at their table. Still others roll up their sleeves and pitch in merely for the joy of working hard and the satisfaction of being part of a job well done, reveling in the sense of camaraderie.
Regardless of your motivation, we hope that you’ll join us for a Crop Mob this season. Check out the left hand side of the home page to see the schedule and description for upcoming Crop Mob projects! We ask that you bring along your own work gloves, hats, sunscreen and an open mind. That’s it! We’ll teach you what you need to know, provide the tools to get it done, and serve snacks or lunch, depending on the day.