Gleaning

Agriculture
7:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy

Jack Greenawalt holds up a soybean plant. Greenawalt Farms is one of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s 35 farm partners.
Credit Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On a muggy Wednesday morning, before the sun has burned off the morning’s clouds, Lionel Greenawalt drives across his 100-acre Westmoreland County farm to a field of sweet corn.

While Greenawalt and his children pick an average of 400 dozen ears of corn each morning, at the moment, they have more corn than they can sell.

“It was kind of rainy this summer season, and we weren’t able to get into the field to plant every five to seven days,” he said. “So what happens is we have a lot of corn that comes in all together.”

That’s where gleaning comes in.

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