Build Community with a Crop Mob

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Grow, Recent Posts | 2 comments

Build Community with a Crop Mob

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
  • Mulched
  • Landscaped

  • Dug garden beds

  • 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
Crop Mob Accomplishments

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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  1. I’m in the process of buying land just out of a tiny country town in Victoria, Australia. The town was once in its heyday – a solid population and plenty of businesses in the main street, it was somewhat self-sufficient. Now, the old shops are boarded up and the population is in constant decline. What appealed to me about this town is not only cheap land (priced as such to encourage people to move there) but the fact that it is a blank canvas.

    Most country communities have hangers-on. Older types that are averse to change. They would see someone like me coming into their community as a threat to the way things have always been done. However, the town will further decline under that mindset.

    I have a dream, crazy as it may be. To help rebuild this town. Not only do I want to move in, build my tiny house, and establish my land. I want to help bring this town back from the mid-19th Century and see it sustain itself and provide a yield for the people within it. How I am going to go about this, I don’t know yet. But reading posts like this one certainly lends me tips on community engagement that could come in handy.

    • Hi Pavel,
      This is how it starts! People helping people. People loving land. People doing what they can together and watching it grow. If your new neighbors know that you come with the desire to help and work together, it seems that you’d be welcome. I hope so! We can bring back much of what we’ve lost by reaching out to our neighbors. Go for it! I’m happy to read this. We can start a real revolution–a quiet one, a real one. Yay!

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