Trend Watch: Crop Mobs

By Emily Horton, "Join a Crop Mob!," September/October 2012

Find out how this growing agricultural movement is helping farmers and strengthening communities.

Nothing builds ties like pulling potatoes with your neighbors. That’s exactly what a few North Carolina farmers discovered in 2008, when they started throwing on-farm work parties to help each other complete projects. Since then, so-called “crop mobs” have caught on throughout the country. And it’s not just farmers getting their hands dirty: you can too. Volunteers help spread mulch, build fences, pull weeds and harvest crops. Though helpers shouldn’t expect anything in return, the bonds made are real. Get more information at

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