A Veg Pledge
Apples are falling off the tree in the dozens each day, the smell of ripe grapes fill the air. The combination of the two, along with our abundant cucumbers, makes for a delicious juice–teasing the pallet as though summer was still here.
But no—the Fall Equinox has come and gone and our first pumpkin is turning orange.
While our harvest is minimal in comparison to our goal…we have too many of the crops that did fair well. Which brings us to–GLEANING.
And our future alliance with a local organization called Harvest For Hope. I like that name.
I have their pamphlet in front of me. Highlights:
“Gleaning is a practice dating back thousands of years…consists of collecting crops from a farmer’s field that were missed during a commercial harvest, or harvesting crops that are not financially suitable for a farmer to harvest.
Harvest for Hope is a gleaning program of Community Action of Skagit County. Volunteers collect donated produce from local farms. The produce is delivered to food banks and hot meal programs through our Food Bank Distribution Center.
IN SKAGIT COUNTY, NEARLY ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR RESIDENTS RELY ON FOOD BANK ASSISTANCE. ALL TOO OFTEN THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FRESH, QUALITY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AVAILABLE.”
I love their motto: “Glean it like you mean it!”
It is great, right?
Anyway. More information can be obtained at communityactionskagit.org.
Create an alliance today. Don’t let those apples fall—-when they could be feeding your neighbor’s child.
A small momentary inconvenience for you, but life and death for 25% of your community.
Think about it. Who are you. Who do you want to be?
“Take the Veg Pledge, promise to grow an extra row.”