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.
2015 Farm Mobs
May 9, 2015 Saturday—Planet Goat (Rescheduled: May 16, 2015)
For our first mob of the season, we will head out to Planet Goat to help them build a new children’s garden. This will involve digging sod, post holes, and installing fencing. In addition, once the garden work is done for the day, we will have a BBQ with pulled pork sandwiches from their pigs and potluck side dishes. After dinner, feel free to hang around the fire pit and enjoy the stars.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. to carpool)
1470 Highway 199
Rush Valley, UT 84069
Meet at 12:00 p.m. at the U of U stadium parking lot (451 S. 1400 E.) to carpool to Rush Valley, or drive and meet us at the farm at 1:00 p.m.! Registration Required!
May 30, 2015 Saturday—Adam’s Heirlooms
Adam’s Heirlooms is a farm that grows 100% heirloom and antique varieties of fruits and vegetables. They can be found at the Downtown Farmer’s Market and they are also offering CSA shares. Come help us move wood chips into the pathways between raised beds for this local farm and previous years Slow Food micro grant recipient.
9:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
For more information and to RSVP, click here!
August 1, 2015 Sunday—Hell’s Backbone
Come join us for a weekend of farm labor, beautiful views, and fantastic food on the Hell’s Backbone farm in Boulder, Utah. This mob is always such a treat! Anyone is allowed to camp on the farm, just bring a tent. For those less inclined to camp, you can book a room at the Boulder Mountain Lodge. No matter what, you don’t want to miss out on this!
More information coming! But save the date now!
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
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.has spurred a renewed interest in gardening, farming, skill building, and community sufficiency.