Field Gleaning and Practicing Resurrection

The bounty!

By Anthony Calzia *

My name is Anthony. I am a second year Duke Divinity School student and a summer intern with the Society of St. Andrew. While I have done many things in the last month, the activity I have most enjoyed is field gleaning. This post is a reflection on field gleaning in light of a line from one of my favorite poems, namely the last line of Wendell Berry’s poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation ...

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Happy Father’s Day

George Blishby Jean Blish Siers *

It’s Father’s Day, and I’m looking at a picture I keep on my desk: my father George Blish, holding an enormous rutabaga. He must have been in his late-70s when this picture was taken on our farm in northern Minnesota. He’d been a farmer his whole life, and when he retired from farming, he didn’t leave his love of the soil behind. He continued to raise big gardens and ...

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Mike Smith and the Grow More, Give More Program

Grow More, Give More Program Repurposes Your Extra Produce

by Rose Kennedy in her “Dirt to Fork” blog, carried in the Knoxville Mercury website. Used with permission. *

They call it gleaning. And while it has nothing to do with aliens or polished gems or anything like that, it’s almost as cool: to gather grain or other material that is left after the main crop has been gathered.

Gleaning as carried out by the Grow More, Give More program co-heralded ...

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The Sniff Test for Stopping Food Waste

by Jean Blish Siers *

When it comes to food, my family has always used the sniff test: Pull something out of the refrigerator, open the lid and give it a sniff. If it smells bad, it probably is bad. But if yogurt smells like yogurt or milk smells like milk, we considered it safe.

I thought of that the other day when a friend told me she’d cleaned her refrigerator while her husband was away. When he came home, he began ...

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Going “organico”!

by Jean Blish Siers *

What would it take to make us more aware of the food we throw out each week? Recently I read that we as consumers are price-sensitive at the market, making choices based on a nickel here or a dime there. But then, we’re perfectly willing to toss an entire head of lettuce or box of strawberries that we let molder in the crisper a bit too long. For some of us, it goes in the compost ...

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She Could’ve Been My Grandmother

by Barbara Sayles *

Senior volunteers bag corn at the AARP convention in Miami. Earlier this month, Society of St. Andrew was invited to host a multiple-day Produce Drop at the National AARP Convention in Miami, Florida. On Thursday morning, we unloaded 40,000 pounds of sweet corn. By noon, 300 convention volunteers had bagged it, and it was on its way to the Feeding South Florida food bank.

The next day, 40,000 pounds of red and green sweet peppers arrived, as did ...

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