In the September 2010 edition of the AARP Bulletin was an article entitled, Crop Mobs Come to the Rescue. It was written by Frank McCoy.
The concept of crop mobs is a unique way of farmers receiving much needed help from volunteers. These volunteers are often referred to as crop mobs. According to the article, “The idea sprouted in 2008 when some North Carolina farmers met and decided to support one another by working once a month on each other’s farm. By last February, the first crop mob had assisted 15 farms. The farmers, some who are age 50 plus, provide lunch in exchange for the free labor”.
As a result of this initiative there are now approximately 40 crop mobs nationwide. I have no doubt that this wonderful idea will catch on like wildfire in the near future. Apparently they knew the value of working together.
When I was thinking about that story I was looking at the television coverage of the mid-term elections. I was relieved to know that the ugly and bitter television ads and the constant backbiting from both sides of the political aisle would at least be temporarily laid to rest.
As I further contemplated on the farmers, I thought what a lesson this could be for all our politicians. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see them actually working together in a united front doing what is right for America and its people? Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s what I thought politicians were supposed to be doing all along.
These crop mobs and farmers were willing to come together for a common cause. As a result, they were successful in their endeavors. And that’s a good thing because it helps us as Americans to be able to eat from the fruit of their land and hard labor.
I think the idea of politicians coming together is a great and necessary thing to do when personal agendas and motives are set aside. If that ever happens America will be a force to be reckoned with. Until such time it will be business as usual. I can only hope that civility and respect will be the order of the day. I love America and will continue to pray for its leaders. After all, we’re all affected by the choices they make.
To find out more about crop mobs go to their website at www.cropmob.org.
AARP Bulletin, September 2010 edition, page 8