Mobbing the Field of Greens
Field of Greens is a family festival taking place at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm, a 74-acre certified organic farm that sells at farmers markets in Atlanta, on October 3. The farm is located in Walnut Grove, 35 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
Festival activities include a chefs’ tent featuring tastings from Atlanta and Athens’ celebrity farm-to-table chefs (from noon to 3pm), live music, and an on-site market that mixes educational exhibits with vendors. An expanded kids’ area features farm-based activities for children of all ages. Proceeds benefit local sustainable farms through Slow Food Atlanta.
There are 3 ways that you can participate in this event: Attend the pre-event Crop Mob, volunteer the day of the festival, and attend the festival. You can find details about all these options below.
Attend the pre-event Crop Mob on October 2
The day before Field of Greens, the Crop Mob will be descending on Whippoorwill Hollow Farm to help prepare for the event. Tasks will include general farm cleanup and some typical small chores. Lunch will be provided.
Crop Mob attendees are welcome to hang around after lunch to walk the farm’s trails, visit the animals, check out the fruit trees and see what’s growing in the fields.
We are capping this one at 25 people so make sure to register early!
Whippoorwill Hollow Farm
3905 Hwy 138
Covington, GA 30014
October 2 from 9AM-2PM
Volunteer the day of Field of Greens
Help out with the Crop Mob Atlanta table or help keep the event running smoothly by filling one of the volunteer positions listed below.
Below you will find the different festival areas and the two (sometimes 3) shifts that are available for volunteers in each area. Please email your top 3 shift preferences (e.g. the second shift for the Children’s Area would be “5b”) to bsmilesjr (at) yahoo.com.
We can’t promise that you will get your preference but we will try. They will inform you of your shift at least 10 days prior to the event and you can always decline AT THAT TIME (i.e. please try to avoid canceling at last second) if you don’t like your assignment.
1. “The Marketeer” – VENDOR/EXHIBITOR AREA
Moderately busy with periods of down time. Some moderate lifting. 2 people per shift. Help set up vendor and exhibitor tents in morning. Be “go-fer” for vendors and exhibitors during festival. Possibly assist with demos. Help load up vendor and exhibitors at end.
a. 9:00am – 12:00pm
b. 12:00pm - 3:00pm
c. 3:00pm – 6:00pm
2. “The Registrar” – REGISTRATION TABLE
Very busy, but mostly sitting. 7 people per shift. Process ticket purchases. Sell t-shirts. Gather attendee contact information.
a. 10:00am – 1:15pm
b. 1:00pm – 4:00pm (overlap of shifts is deliberate)
3. “The Roadie” – MUSIC AREA
Not very busy except between sets. Heavy lifting. 2 people per shift. Help bands load and unload equipment.
a. 9:00am – 1:00pm
b. 1:00pm – 5:00pm
4. “The Cleaner” – CLEAN-UP
Moderately busy. Moderate lifting. 2 people in first shift. 3 people in second shift. Monitor trash and recycling receptacles and replace their bags as necessary. Some recycling separation. Late shift includes post-festival grounds cleanup.
a. 12:00pm - 3:00pm
b. 3:00pm – 6:00pm
5. “The Most Interesting Man/Woman in the World - CHILDREN’S AREA
Pretty busy. 7 people per shift. Help children with arts and crafts, monitor bouncy castle, assist with children demos. Supervise petting area.
a. 10:30am – 1:45pm
b. 1:45pm – 5:00pm
6. “The Farm Concierge” - FIELD OF GREENS INFORMATION TABLE
Not too busy. Mostly sitting. 1 person per shift. Answer questions about where things are at the festival. Sell t-shirts.
a. 11:00am – 2:00pm
b. 2:00pm – 5:00pm
7. “The Field Valet” – PARKING
Very busy. On feet throughout. 4 people per shift. Direct cars to parking areas. Will require coordination with other parking attendants.
a. 10:30am – 1:00pm
b. 12:45pm – 3:15pm (overlap of shifts is deliberate)
c. 3:00pm - 5:30pm (overlap of shifts is deliberate)
8. “The Aide-Serveur” – CHEF TENT & DINING
Moderately busy. Some lifting. 3 people per shift. Keep dining area clean. Re-supply chef and dining areas. Possibly assist chefs load and unload equipment. Directed by chef tent manager.
a. 9:00am – 12:30pm
b. 12:30pm – 3:30pm
9. “The Floater” – FLOATER
I don’t know what it will be yet but will probably involve lots of running. 1 person per shift.
a. 10:30am – 1:30pm
b. 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Attend Field of Greens
Bring the whole family and enjoy locally grown, chef-prepared food, live music, and green living education, all in a family-friendly, fun environment.
Entrance ticket includes:
- All-day access to the organic market and educational expo
- Small-plate tastings of farm-fresh food creatively prepared by Atlanta and Athens’ most dedicated farm-to-table chefs (noon to 3pm only)
- Expanded kid’s learning and activity area
- Live music
- Cooking demos from your favorite chefs
Advance tickets now on sale! Save money and make sure you get in by purchasing your ticket in advance. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the gate. Kids 12 and under enter for free. Thanks for leaving the dogs at home; we love ‘em, but the farm animals feel differently.