Flash Farming: Crop Mob provides an innovative way to help local farmers

first_imgEvery Sunday morning, a group of metro Atlanta residents who call themselves Crop Mob drives to a different small farm in North Georgia to lend a hand. These people finish the day tired, covered in dirt and sometimes sunburned, but with smiles on their faces.Farming experience is not needed, but a desire to work hard is. In a single morning, a group of mobbers can accomplish several weeks’ worth of work. The only thing Crop Mob asks for in return is that the volunteers be fed lunch.“They want to get closer to the most important thing you can do — eat,” says Mike Lorey, a 28-year-old graphic designer and one of the founders of Crop Mob Atlanta.Mobbers have planted and harvested everything from squash and sweet potatoes to garlic and greens. Because most sustainable farms avoid herbicides, volunteers also do a lot of weeding. Hoophouses, a modified greenhouse that allows for year-round growing, are also built. Mobbers tackle each task with surprising enthusiasm.The original Crop Mob began a few years ago in the Raleigh/Durham area as a way for local farmers to strengthen their community and pool their labor. Last February, The New York Times ran a story that brought the idea to a national audience. Kimmy Coburn, a 27-year-old copywriter from Atlanta, happened to read this story.Coburn teamed up with Lorey to launch an Atlanta chapter, and they planned their first mob. Last spring, about 50 people of various ages and backgrounds descended on the Glover Farm in north Georgia. By the middle of summer, the mobs, which are usually capped at 50 volunteers, were filling up in a matter of days. By fall, they were running out of space in hours. The chapter sends an e-mail to 383 addresses monthly announcing the next mob, and approximately 900 people follow the group’s Facebook page.“There is this pent-up demand for people wanting to be able to help their farmers a little more,” Lorey says. “A lot of volunteers spend long hours at a desk and are looking for an escape.”Crop Mob has spread as quick as kudzu in the South. In North Carolina alone there are now six chapters including two in the Research Triangle area. Virginia has four, including one in the Washington, D.C. area. South Carolina and Florida have two each, and Tennessee and Alabama can each claim their own chapter. In all, there are now 48 Crop Mob chapters in 27 states including one as far away as Hawaii. Some chapters only work on community gardens. Others, such as Crop Mob Atlanta, travel as far as people are willing to drive. Their dedicated action demonstrates the growing interest in sustainably produced food.“I want to say it’s because I’m helping people, and it is, but that’s not what gets me up at six in the morning to go weeding,” Coburn said. “It’s because I have a good time.”last_img read more

Arsenal target £22m Genk winger Leandro Trossard

first_imgLeandro Trossard is wanted by Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a summer move for Genk winger Leandro Trossard, according to reports.Unai Emery wanted the Gunners to recruit a new wide midfielder in the January transfer window but the club were unable to secure late deals for either Ivan Perisic or Yannick Carrasco.Arsenal remain in the market for a new winger and will be in a better position to complete a deal in the summer as they will have a larger transfer budget to spend.According to Football.London, Trossard is high on Arsenal’s summer shortlist and the 24-year-old would be keen on a move to Emery’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTrossard, who is valued at £22 million by Genk, is also being monitored by several Bundesliga clubs including Borussia Dortmund, who will be looking to replace Chelsea-bound winger Christian Pulisic at the end of the season. Trossard is reportedly keen to join Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTrossard has enjoyed a standout season for Genk with 17 goals and eight assists in 29 appearances so far.The Belgian, who has not yet been capped by the senior side, predominantly plays on the left flank but is also capable of playing in a central role behind the striker.Trossard will still have two years remaining on his contract with Genk in the summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Feb 2019 8:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Arsenal target £22m Genk winger Leandro Trossard Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona lead Real Madrid in race to sign unsettled Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Nov 2019 11:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are leading rivals Real Madrid in the race to sign unsettled Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.Aubameyang has established himself as one of the most prolific forwards in Europe over the past six years, first starring at Borussia Dortmund and now flourishing at Arsenal.The Gabon ace scored an impressive 141 goals in 213 appearances for Dortmund and has already notched up 50 goals for the Gunners. Aubameyang has developed into a key player for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘It is a privilege to follow in their footsteps and I will honour the armband by doing my very best on and off the pitch.‘When I was younger, I remember always wanting to be captain in my youth teams. I was talking about it with my mum just the other day actually.‘We were laughing because we recalled how I used to buy armbands myself so I could wear them! At the start of my career, I was not too focused on being captain or not.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Now, it feels right. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job.‘I have been Gabon captain since 2015 and that was also a great honour. My dad was also the national team captain when he was playing.‘So to take over from him in a way was again very special. Now, I am doing the double with Arsenal and Gabon and it is a wonderful privilege.’MORE: Arsenal staff expecting Unai Emery to be sacked imminentlyMORE: Max Allegri has doubts over Arsenal job as pressure on Unai Emery growscenter_img Unai Emery post 2-2 draw with SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:11FullscreenUnai Emery post 2-2 draw with Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-post-2-2-draw-southampton-2055604/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Despite emerging as a key figure at the Emirates, Aubameyang has seemingly been reluctant to commit his long-term future to the Premier League club, who are currently eighth in the table.ADVERTISEMENTBarcelona and Real Madrid have been alerted to his situation and, according to the Daily Star, it is Barcelona who are at the front of the queue should Aubameyang decide to leave.AdvertisementAdvertisementAubameyang’s current contract will expire in 2021 and Arsenal are reluctant to allow their star man to enter the final year of his deal and risk losing him on a free transfer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Dortmund striker was named Unai Emery’s new Arsenal captain earlier in the month but he may still be open to a move due to the club’s struggles under Emery.It is claimed the chances of Aubameyang leaving will increase substantially if Arsenal again fail to qualify for the Champions League.Speaking out for the first time on being named Arsenal captain, Aubameyang said over the weekend: ‘Arsenal has a great history of wonderful captains like Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams. Barcelona lead Real Madrid in race to sign unsettled Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisementlast_img read more

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Daytona Cop Shot in Chest during Gun Battle

first_imgVOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – One person was killed and a Daytona Beach police officer was shot in the chest in a firefight on Saturday, as seen on his body cam video.Police said fortunately the officer who was shot will be OK because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, while the suspect died.Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri told reporters they were called out to an apartment complex after an anonymous tip that an attempted murder suspect was spotted there.“The suspect fled into a back bedroom,” Capri said. “The officers follow the suspect, ordering him to freeze, halt, surrender. As the officer opened the door, the suspect took a firearm and shot at our officers.”Capri said they were serving an arrest warrant on the man police believe shot a woman twice in the back two weeks ago.Another officer sustained a head injury when he tripped and fell while shots were fired. He is expected to be OK.Extremely grateful that both @DaytonaBchPD officers that were injured during today’s shooting will not only survive but are expected to fully recover. The good Lord covered them with his grace and mercy today. — Deputy Chief Jakari Young (@ChiefJakari) August 30, 2020last_img read more