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Seed Potatoes Help Feed Appalachia

When a family receives a ten-pound bag of potatoes, they may be able to eat them for a week or two. But when a family receives a bag of seed potatoes, they can raise their own crop, and then have food to eat for months.

Seed Potatoes, ready to cut and plantEach spring, SoSA delivers several truck-loads of certified White Superior U.S. Seed Potatoes, mostly to impoverished regions of the Appalachian Mountains. These hearty seed potatoes ...

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Long & Scott Farms Help Feed the Hungry in Florida

It wouldn’t be possible to feed the hungry with fresh fruits and vegetables without farmers like Hank Scott. Long & Scott Farms, of Mt. Dora, Florida, have been working with Society of St. Andrew since 1999.

One day, 16 years ago, Hank Scott and his family invited SoSA to send volunteers out and pick some surplus corn. Their Zellwood Sweet Corn is beautiful food, and SoSA was glad to pick it and distribute the bounty to Florida food pantries.

Since that day, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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VOLUNTEER WAIVER

In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

Photos, videos, and other images in which I, or a registered family member, appear that are taken during gleanings may be used by the Society of St. Andrew for news coverage, newsletters, reports, displays, and for other print, broadcast, web, or electronic news or promotional purposes.

I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

For a PDF print version of this waiver, click here.

How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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