Tuesday, November 11, 2008

American Gleaning

After mentioning last week that I'd never come across agricultural gleaning in the good ol' U S of A, I learned today of a gleaning program practically in my own back yard. An Americorp volunteer working in Sequim started the "Good for the Gettin'" gleaning project this summer, organizing volunteers to pick through the fields for useful food after the crops are harvested. Volunteers are allowed to bring home some of the food they gather, and the rest goes to local food banks. It's a modern manifestation of an ancient idea, which is every bit as relevant now as it was during biblical times.

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