Across the US this year hundreds of young people arrived on farms to help out for free at the busiest times of the year. A crop mob as it is known has taken off as an idea with branches and people arriving to a farmer that needs an extra pair of hands on their lands.
In the US where farms are much larger neighbours and helping one another out can often be a harder task and getting extra help in rural areas often means paying for it. Crop mob is the brain child of Rob Jones who began the movement as a monthly newsletter.
The jobs the people carry out vary widely from harvesting, to picking fruit to building works. What’s interesting about the model is many of the helpers or mobbers are not in fact rural based, with many coming from cities and towns and wanting an escape to the countryside. The deal?
Do a days work in exchange for food provided by the farmer and in return the volunteers get to work outside in the fresh air away from offices and city blocks.
Its something that American farms are celebrating in an age when people no longer know their neighbours or can work side by side due to the industrial farming methods in the US. Thankfully Ireland is still family farming country, we know our neighbours, we work together be it the bog, the hay, or moving livestock, we even have a word for it meitheal. Hopefully it long continues in this nation.