How It Works

CropMobster Merced is an community-based platform supporting community action and exchange on any food system-related topic. Moderated by staff at UC Merced and CropMobster, we are focused on: supporting hunger relievers, helping local farmers and small businesses, preventing waste and inspiring community “Can Do!”

Alerts are posted by the local community, which contain offers or requests in search of anything within the food and agriculture system. These can be a large quantity of apples being sold, farming equipment, livestock; restaurants looking to hire new employees, organizations marketing events, or even members in search of specific items.

When these alerts are published, the community is sent notifications via email and social media. Even if you may not be interested in a specific alert, the biggest power is the ability to share these alerts with your immediate friends or family that may be interested in an alert.

To participate in your community exchange, we have broken it down into 5 key points.

  • Register for a CropMobster Merced County account
  • Get real time or daily/weekly digest of alerts
  • Post an Alert
  • Share alerts with your social community
  • Message alert owners to exchange

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Posting Alerts

Anyone can publish an alert on CropMobster Merced County by following the simple steps below:

  1. SIGNUP using your Email Address and click on SUBMIT AN ALERT
  2. Enter in all the details for your alert and submit it
  3. Locally-based CropMobster moderators will quickly review your alert and publish it as soon as possible
  4. Your alert will then be BROADCAST via email and social media to subscribers in the community

To learn more, watch our video walkthrough on how to post an alert on CropMobster!

There are many types of alerts that you can publish! From Sales, Events, Trades, Donations, Jobs, Wanted, Freebies, and more!alert-types-cards

Share Alerts to Spark Impact

CropMobster Merced County is working to support positive food system impact through sharing, connecting and working together in our community. If you receive an alert and know of an individual or organization who may benefit from an alert, we highly encourage sharing of alerts with your social community.

Once you learn the basics, you will find that there are unlimited ways to use CropMobster Merced County! From posting sales or wanted alerts to sharing events, job postings and more. There are a ton of ways to participate! It takes a community to fight food waste and build a circular economy!

Receiving and Sharing Alerts

  1. To receive CropMobster Alerts, simply SIGNUP using your Email Address.
  2. At any time, in your account settings, you can choose to receive Real-Time email alerts or get a Daily or Weekly email digest. When you sign up, you will be automatically enrolled in a Daily Digest.
  3. You will then be able to view the details of the alert and contact the alert owner directly if you are interested.
  4. We also encourage everyone share these alerts with their social community on Facebook or Twitter




We look forward to serving you!

The Team @ CropMobster Merced County