Gleaning Gets Local Food to Those in Need

Gleaning is an ancient practice, as old as the Torah. It means to gather leftover grain or other produce from farm fields after a harvest, and traditionally was a form of charity. In most places, the tradition has died out. But today on Martha’s Vineyard thanks to a program called Island Grown Gleaning, it’s alive and well. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay attends a potato glean with a group of eighth graders from West Tisbury.

You can learn more about Island Grown Gleaning and their parent organization Island Grown Initiative on their website. And you can see more pictures of the kids in action on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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