Crop Mob takes on big jobs at small farms

October 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm 4 comments

(Updated Oct. 24):  How many small-scale farmers have wished they could have a crew of strong hands and backs to help with the heavy lifting?  Crop Mob has invented a way to fulfill that wish, which explains why last night they won the Abundance Foundation’s Not Stupid Award. The honor was presented to the Mobsters at the US premiere of the Britsh film, The Age of Stupid, at the Piedmont Biofuels plant in Pittsboro.

 Last fall, this group of eager young farmers and farm hands showed up at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro and harvested 1600 pounds of sweet potatoes.  In the past year, they’ve gone to a dozen farms and done more than 2000 hours of work, just because they love building strong farms and community.  This summer they converged on  an Orange County farm incubator plot and spent all day clearing, tilling and planting the fall crops.  Here’s how it worked:

From The Independent: ‘On a sweltering Sunday last August, a peaceful mob of 35 local farmers, armed with shovels, hoes and wheelbarrows, raided Serendip Farm in Orange County. But instead of a traditional raid, which is about taking, this raid was about giving: The Crop Mob, as the group is known, spent five hours cutting down starter crop, tilling beds, weeding and mulching—for free. For the past year, the local Crop Mob, mostly landless, self-proclaimed farmers, has spent one Sunday each month “raiding” a small farm that is not theirs, working the land and planting and harvesting crops.’

This Sunday, Oct. 25, they will celebrate their first anniversary where it all began, at Piedmont Biofarm, located at the Piedmont Biofuels plant in Pittsboro. If you’d like to work hard, then party, you’re invited.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tami  |  October 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    The Crop Mob is certainly an inspiration and after watching The Age of Stupid, it is clear that we have about 5 years to lower our carbon footprint. We all need to get very busy!!!
    Thanks for this post!! tami

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    • 2. sustainablegrub  |  October 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      Tami,
      I liked our discussion, especially the need to both “walk the walk” AND get involved in changing what’s wrong. Thanks for all you do.

      Reply
  • 3. Crop Mob strikes again « sustainable grub  |  February 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

    […] Crop Mob is an informal group of farmers, farm hands, interns and advocates who help each other with big projects.  The idea is to exchange labor and ideas, learn,make new friends and strenghten our local sustainable farm community. Here’s a slideshow Logan Mock-Bunting created from the mob last March at Edible Earthscapes: http://blog.birdstofindfish.com/?p=139. […]

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  • 4. Tammy McLeod  |  March 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I love this concept and sure wish there was one organized in my area. I’d love to do this on an afternoon (or several) and to take my kids along so that they could see the source of our food.

    Reply

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