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

CUNA suggests short, long-term exam improvements to NCUA

first_imgCUNA suggested several immediate improvements in the NCUA’s examination procedures in a letter sent to the agency this week. The letter was sent in response to the NCUA’s recent request for input on through its Exam Flexibility Initiative.“We encourage NCUA to tackle the supervision improvement process in two stages. First, NCUA should determine what the agency can implement immediately or no later than the 2017 examination cycle to provide immediate supervisory relief for most credit unions,” reads CUNA’s letter. “The second stage should focus on long-term solutions in the supervisory process that would require updates to systems, processes, and staffing to fully implement.”Suggested short-term goals include:Extending the examination cycle;Right-sizing examination staff; andEliminating duplicative and overlapping exam procedures with state-chartered examinations by enhancing coordination with state supervisory authorities. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Maye Mac-Swiney – RiftAnalyst – Up your game

first_imgNot as good as you’d like to be at League? Enter RiftAnalyst. The low cost platform was built by Fluendo; this is a company which has built video analysis tools for traditional sports and worked with the likes of Blackburn Rovers and the Spanish national handball team. Maye Mac-Swiney, FluendoMaye Mac-Swiney is the Global Marketing Director at Fluendo. We asked her about the process, the aim of platform and who it’s targeted at. Esports Insider: How long has this tool been in the development stages and what was the process, who worked on it?Rift Analyst: It started as an internal brainstorming session on what product to develop next. Our employees suggested we went into the esports industry given its growth potential and given the fact that there were no video analysis tools in the market for League.“We’re working with Spanish teams like KIYF Esports Club and we’re closing agreements with other Challenger Series teams”The project started in April 2016 with a phase of research and after doing the numbers, we started development. We are multimedia experts, not LoL experts, and that’s why we approached the LVP as well as professional coaches and players to help us develop the functionalities that they thought were important.Esports Insider: Is it more geared towards amateur players and teams or do you think it’s sufficient enough to improve the pros’ games too?Rift Analyst: RiftAnalyst can help both amateurs and professionals. The features contained in our software can be used in many different ways: from analysing individual or team performances, inserting annotations or drawings to highlight actions in the match, easily creating playlists of the best or worst plays on the match, and so on.“The people that are using it sum it up as a tool that enables them to save a bunch of time and focus on the analysis aspect instead of going through hours of footage”Whether the user is an amateur or pro player, a coach, an analyst or a content creator, RiftAnalyst’s features can be extremely beneficial.  Esports Insider: Will you be partnering with any teams or players to promote the product?Rift Analyst: Yes, now that we’ve officially launched we’re working towards that. At the moment we’re working with Spanish teams like KIYF Esports Club and we’re closing agreements with other Challenger Series teams.Esports Insider: Fluendo has some history when it comes to working with big sporting organisations such as Blackburn Rovers and the Spanish handball team. Will you be focusing on League for now, or are there plans to diversify into products in other major esports titles?Rift Analyst: At the moment, we’re focusing on LoL, but yes, it’s within our plans to develop solutions for other esports titles.Esports Insider: There’s a free version which means you’ll doubtless get a decent amount of first time players try it out. What has their feedback been like? Moreover, how did you come up with the 3.99 price point for the premium version?Rift Analyst: Their feedback has been great so far. The people that are using it sum it up as a tool that enables them to save a bunch of time and focus on the analysis aspect instead of going through hours of footage to identify the actions that are important to their strategy. Professional teams are really keen about this tool that, in the end, makes their jobs easier.“RiftAnalyst can help both amateurs and professionals”The price point was a combination of customer feedback and knowing the consumption habits of our demographic. We knew the price needed to be very affordable and users have reacted very positively so far!last_img read more