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Crop Mob: Community Support of the Small Farm

Bonus points if you can name this veggie from Crob Mob Georgia's website.

In Monday’s blog, we talked about the local farmer’s market and its positive impact on community. There is a relatively new state-wide volunteer organization that is contributing to the local farm effort by organizing volunteer work days.

Think “flash mob,” those groups of people who not-so-randomly break at in organized dance out public places. Now, take out the mall and add in a field or orchard and you have Crop Mob Georgia. Crob Mob works as a community of folks who are invested in the local farm coming together to help each other out. Are you a “city kid” who wants to get closer to the earth? Odds are there is nearby district that could use some help. Are you a small farm owner who could use help? Volunteer with the group and you are eligible to have the favor returned.

”Any crop mobber can call a crop mob to do the kind of work it takes a community to do. We work together, share a meal, play, talk, and make music. No money is exchanged. This is the stuff that communities are made of.”

The first mob of 2013 is in Blairsville March 2 and 3. It’s limited to 15 folks. If you don’t make it into the first 15, don’t worry. Another local farm will be happy to have your help soon.

We’d love to hear about your experience with crop mobbing or hear perspective from farmers in Georgia about how you and your community interact.