Ithaca New York Starts Crop Mob Volunteer Effort

News from the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming:

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO WORK ON A FARM FOR JUST ONE DAY? Are you an aspiring agrarian looking for hands-on experience? Are you a Local Foods enthusiast who enjoys being outside and getting your hands dirty? Do you want to be part of a cooperative agrarian community? Then you should join the Ithaca Crop Mob!

WHAT’S CROP MOBBING?
A Crop Mob is an event held once a month at a different farm each month. Members of the “mob” show up prepared to lend a hand to the host farm for a morning or afternoon. Possible tasks include but are not limited to: weeding, rock picking, “gleaning” (harvesting crops that would otherwise go unharvested), tree or transplant planting, putting up fencing, setting up a hoop house, etc  At the end of the work party a meal is provided, usually by the host farm, and farmers and mobbers eat together.

WHO CAN BE A CROP MOBBER?
Anyone can be a crop mobber. Crop mobs are composed of farmers, college students, CSA families, local foods enthusiasts, gardeners, farmers-market-goers,  school volunteer groups, aspiring agrarians, and the simply agricurious, along with their friends, neighbors, siblings, parents, grandparents, and kids.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
: Find our more about Ithaca Crop Mob and join our Google Group at: http://groups.google.com/group/ithaca-crop-mob

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