There are a few people who seem to feel that living in the city means that people only experience the city. There are some people who miss farm life if they grew up on a farm. There are other people who want to know about farms or at least teach their children about farms. Then, there are those people who just want to help neighbors.
For two years, a movement known as Crop Mobbing has been growing. While Crop Mobbing sounds like it is a sketchy activity, such as making fake crop circles or lynching people, it is actually a very good thing.
People who are interested in farming and who are interested in helping others get together to mob crops when Crop Mobs are scheduled. These are found on Meet-up groups, Google e-mail lists, and Facebook groups.
The Crop Mobbing movement started in North Carolina in 2008. People get together and go to a local small and sustainable farm or garden. They bring tools and equipment and they may bring seeds and other things that are needed to help build greenhouses or other structure needed on a farm, plant plants, or reap a harvest.
The Crop Mob tends to take place in the morning and then end by noon. At noon, a meal is shared. The meal is usually prepared by the person who is being helped. However, at times, the meal may be a pot luck style where different people bring different dishes.
Sometimes people even get together to play music while the Crop Mobbers enjoy lunch.
Since 2008, the movement has grown and there are now more than 40 groups that Crop Mob across the United States.
All the people who are part of Crop Mobs enjoy the work and helping farmers to grow and sustain land. Some of them bring their children so their children can learn about the origins of food and how farms work.
While the movement has humble roots, it gained popularity when it was mentioned in the New York Times.
For people who want to help local farmers or think they want to farmers, Crop Mobbing is the answer. Anybody who joins in Crop Mobbing even once will have an enriching experience.
To find out more about Crop Mobbing, visit the official Crop Mob site. To find out if a Crop Mob exists in your neighborhood, visit the official Crop Mob Contact page.
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