It’s as simple as this:
- Invite several friends who share similar lifestyles and ideals to come together once a month.
- Our group includes five families. This is a good size for a crop mob–more would be difficult to cook for (especially in our tiny houses), and we can accomplish a lot and keep everyone busy. More people=more food and more planning/management. Small is good.
- Decide how long to work.
- We meet on a weekend day and work from 2-5 pm and then enjoy a meal together.
- Take turns working at each home.
- The host family prepares a meal for everyone.
- The host family organizes all projects and work for their day.
- We send an email to the group a few days ahead of time with a chore list and any needs such as extra wheelbarrows, tools, etc.
- Commit to one work day a month for the warm months.
- It is important to have a group with a solid commitment, or the momentum could be lost.
Working together is affirming. We share ideas, tools, and love with each other’s land. When we come together in this way it is so much more intimate than just a dinner party. We share dreams for our homesteads and we have a hand in making each other’s dreams reality.
Some of the projects we collectively accomplished this summer/fall are:
- Built a wood shed
- Built a deer fence for a new garden
- Finished siding on a house
- Painted front doors
- Demolished a spring house and salvaged the cinderblocks
- Painted a pump house
- Harvested, washed and dried potatoes, carrots and other crops
Work is more fun with friends
The work we got done at our place was so helpful, I feel like it is the start to my best garden season yet: next year’s. Our September date was a great time to get the garden ready for winter. We dug in compost, mulched the pathways, weeded and prepped beds, I was able to plant my garlic right on time because of all the help I got at just the right moment.
Work is so much more fun with friends; the momentum is inspiring, and I work harder than when I’m alone. The sum is definitely greater than the parts.
Try it for yourself. You’ll be investing yourself into your community and the results will astound you.
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