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Building Bridges

Harrisonburg's first CropMob

Sometimes, building a bridge is about a lot more than the bridge itself.

Just ask Singers Glen farmer Andrew Schaefer, who was on the receiving end of Harrisonburg's first CropMob program — a power-packed community-service project that on this recent sunny February Sunday framed bridges of all kinds.

Students from JMU E.A.R.T.H. — Environmental Awareness and Restoration Through our Help — teamed with community members and representatives of Friendly City Food Co-op to build a tractor bridge at Schaefer's Wildside Farms, a Certified Naturally Grown farm.

Small-scale farmers regularly find themselves with lots of work and precious little manpower. The February Crop Mob that descended on Schaefer carried mortar and stone, ran a cement mixer, honed their masonry skills and gleaned a deeper appreciation for farming. Schaefer got a new tractor bridge and more time to put love into his crops. And, working hand-in-hand in the dirt on a Sunday afternoon, everybody drew a little bit closer.

Bridges all over the place.