BOLTON, Vt. (AP) — Want to help local farms, get your hands dirty in the field, and learn about how food is grown? Join a crop mob.
Teams of volunteers — from would-be farmers to local food lovers and those who want to support local agriculture — descend on fields helping with everything from weeding and harvesting crops to putting up or cleaning out greenhouses.
The extra hands can be a boon to small farms during busy seasons.
Crop mobs have descended on farms in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania in recent years.
At Maple Wind Farm in Bolton, Vermont, late last week, a crop mob of eight picked mounds of jalapeno peppers and weeded rows of celeriac in nearly half the time the small farm crew could have.