Gleaning is an ages-old practice. For hundreds of years,
farmers have invited gleaners into their fields after
the harvest is complete to pick leftover produce and
grains for their own families.
From May 2009 to May 2010, I had the privilege of building
and coordinating a gleaning program through the Thurston
County Food Bank. During that year, I worked with groups
of volunteers to glean from local farms, residential gardens
and fruit trees all around the greater Olympia area.
The August/September issue of the Co-op News arrives in the stores and on our website in early August.