Denver Crop Mob

We help connect urban farmers with helping hands!

Sponsored by Slow Food Denver and Grow Local Colorado, Denver Crop Mob is an offshoot of www.cropmob.org, and was started after we read about it in summer, 2011. Within weeks, we had met, vetted the idea amongst Denver urban farmers and hosted our first Mobs!

The idea is simple: we help Denver urban farmers connect with willing workers for a “barn-raising” style work day, usually to get something big accomplished. But sometimes to just pull weeds. The vision is also simple: we are all members of this community, and in a community, when one member needs help, other members spring into action. This works both ways, of course.

This is why our host farmers first must have participated as volunteer labor in previous Crop Mobs, as this isn’t a management/labor model, but rather a model of an interdependent community, where all of us seek equally to serve the best interests of our community.

Now the 2014 season is upon us, and our spring crop mobs schedule is full. Registration links will be up as we confirm the events…

If you are a local urban farmer or urban agriculture practitioner, and are interested in hosting a Crop Mob, please fill out a Denver-Crop-Mob-Project-Request-2014b, and send it to:

denvercropmob@gmail.com

Important note for would-be host farmers: we require that you have participated in at least one crop mob in the previous season as volunteer labor. This program is not a free labor program per se, but community members helping other community members, just like an Amish barn raising. Interdependency is the key element of a community, so we strongly encourage frequent participation by host farmers in crop mobs. Preference WILL be given to those who have participated often. That said, we also desire to grow our community, and so we will also look first to host farmers who have not yet participated in the crop mob program as hosts, but who have participated of volunteers.

Crop Mobbers: All you have to do to help out at a Denver Crop Mob is to register (please – we want to be sure to have enough food!), and then show up! Our farmers’ are counting on you for help, and to eat the meal they provide! At the end of the day, you will:

  • know more about what it takes to get sustainable food to your plate
  • have a few sore muscles
  • have made new friends
  • feel great about your accomplishments!

To be kept up to date on crop mobs, join our Facebook page!

Other sponsoring groups are Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Greater Denver Urban Homesteaders meet-up group.

Join us! You can reach us directly at denvercropmob@gmail.com. We try to answer as quickly as we can.

Our plan for 2011 was to host 3 Crop Mobs; we ended up hosting 6! In 2012, we hosted 8, ranging from sheet mulching to creating an urban foraging forest to harvesting crops and rebuilding beds, and in 2013, we hosted 10 mobs, which included more sheet mulching, hugelkultur builds, raised bed building, lots of planting and weeding and even building a tropical permaculture demonstration garden!

Good times being of service to Denver’s burgeoning urban ag and food justice movement!