A Crop Mob is a group of people who come together for a day to work on a farm, much like a modern day barn-raising. The work is done on small sustainable farms; no money is exchanged and the mobbers share a meal at the end, usually provided by the host farm. The Mob usually comes together about once a month.
Crop Mob originated about a year ago right here in Chatham and Orange counties. Lots of recent media attention (see links below) has led to the formation of Crop Mobs around the country, including Washington, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, New York, and Georgia!
Sunday’s Crop Mob was at Edible Earthscapes in Moncure. Host farmers Jason and Haruka Oatis farmed for several years in Japan and specialize in Japanese and Asian heirloom varieties. They operate a CSA and sell at the Midtown Farmers’ Market in Raleigh and the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary.
Jason and Haruka are true innovators…they are growing rice on their Moncure farm! They harvested their first crop last September, and just received a grant from RAFI-USA that will help them expand their rice production and purchase a rice huller.
The rice paddy expansion got off to a great start when a record number of Crop Mobbers descended upon Edible Earthscapes on Sunday. About 100 folks brought shovels, rakes, hoes, and wheel barrows and spent the afternoon building rice paddies, repairing the roof on the intern house, and helping to cook for the mobbers.
Learn more at the Crop Mob website.
Recent articles about Crop Mob: