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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-09 04:55 AM
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28. gleaning
Wrong time of year, but I wanted to mention this.

There is always a certain amount of produce left in the field. You don't have to sneak, just ask. Most farmers will let you glean. I got about 50 bushels of perfectly good fruit (often better because it has been hanging longer) to help myself and other struggling folks here last fall.

"Gleaning" is leaving some crop behind and allowing poor people access, and even the Bible mentions gleaning several times and says that farmers should always leave some for the poor and give them access to it, so there is a long tradition.
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