Do you know what it is? Do you know how to Glean? Do you know where to do it?
Gleaning is simply put, the act of peering over fences and knocking on doors in search of people that are willing to let you pick their produce for free.
Fruit that has fallen to the ground or vegetables that have ripened since the farmer has made their pass through the fields. It will all just go to waste if someone does not pick it. You can use it for yourself and take the excess to a food pantry or take it all there.
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons, gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/74192/icode/
This type of food is great for canning and preserving because most of the time it has flaws. Food waste is more a problem in industrialized countries, most often caused by both retailers and consumers throwing perfectly edible food stuffs into the trash. This food makes some excellent jams and jellies,soups and stews but is also perfectly good to eat fresh. Sometimes you just need to cut off a bad spot or bruise before eating and of course you need to wash everything very well.
When our kids were little we home-schooled them and Gleaning was a large part of their learning process.They learned to be charitable by giving to the local food banks. They learned math,home economics, colors, science, biology and more.
Where we lived at the time, there was a lot of citrus fruit, grapes and vegetables of all kinds. On the large farms they only make one pass through the field and everything that riped after that or was missed the first time would just stay in the field and go to waste.
The tomatoes we got made our ketchup, tomato sauce and soup for the whole year. We canned and dehydrated everything we could use for the year and the rest was taken to local charities.
They say home schooled children don’t get socialized enough. Really? One way our kids socialized was by Gleaning. A group of us including friends and neighbors would go gleaning together and help each other pick and tote our haul to our vehicles then into our homes. We often canned together also. I’d say the kids socialized a lot on those days.
Gleaning is an excellent way to be prepare for emergencies while being frugal. It doesn’t cost anything for the food and if you do it together with your friends, you can save time and gas.
Have you ever done any gleaning? Tell us your story.
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