Farm Mobs - otherwise known as Crop Mobs – are volunteer service days dedicated to helping local farmers and urban gardeners get work done with many extra hands, even inexperienced ones.
2014 Farm Mobs
July 12, 2014 Saturday—Sandhill Farms
Join us for our annual garlic harvest farm mob at beautiful Sandhill Farms in Eden, Utah! Sandhill Farms is famous for its gourmet, heirloom organic garlic. Harvest the crop in the cool mountain valley of Eden, and take a dip afterwards in nearby Pineview Reservoir.
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to carpool)
Sandhill Farms, Eden
1778 North 6250 East
Eden, UT 84310
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Wasatch Community Gardens office, 824 S. 400 W., SLC to carpool, or drive up and meet us at the farm at 9:30 a.m.! Register today!
May 31, 2014 Saturday—Blue Spring Farm
Our first Farm Mob of the season, will be at Blue Spring Farm in Tremonton. Let’s get down and dirty at the farm of Tamara and Randy Hed, helping them get ready for a busy season of growing great organic and heirloom veggies.
10:30 am — 1:00 pm
10855 W 12800 N, Tremonton, UT 84337
Interested in carpooling? We will all meet at 9:00 a.m. at the U of UFarm photo stadium parking lot (451 S. 1400 E.) to carpool to Tremonton, or drive up and meet us at the farm at 10:30 a.m.! Come prepared for a morning of down and dirty farm work! We will work from 10:30-1:00, and then eat lunch generously provided by the Blue Springs Farm!
Make sure to bring:
- a pot-luck item to share
- water to drink
- sunscreen, hat
- sturdy shoes
Shared labor between neighbors has always been a strong part of rural community life. Over the past few decades, the widespread adoption of mechanized agriculture and the depopulation of many rural communities means there are now fewer and fewer neighbors to lend a hand when needed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent census (2007) reports that the average age of farmers in the United States is now over 55, and there is an enormous generation gap.
According to a 2010 article in the Los Angeles Times, the modern version of neighbors helping neighbors began in 2008 when North Carolina resident Rob Jones decided to rebuild this tradition and recruit a group of people to help a local farmer harvest his sweet potato crop. Social and traditional media helped spread the concept, and the economic downturn
has spurred a renewed interest in gardening, farming, skill building, and community sufficiency.
Board member Chantelle Bourdeaux launched Slow Food Utah’s own farm mobs. Volunteer work days are open to all and organized though Facebook. Check out our photo gallery for pictures from recent events.