A gleaning bonanza

A gleaning bonanza

To the Editor:

Island Grown Gleaning, www.islandgrown.org/gleaning, organized seven gleans last week at three different farms, for a total harvest of 3,853 pounds of produce, all of it delivered in one week, free of cost to our recipient organizations. Can you believe it?

We started the week off right — by bagging and delivering 1,000 pounds of sweet potatoes from North Tabor Farm. Later that same day, we made a visit to the prolific pepper patch at Whippoorwill Farm and drove away with 640 pounds of the sweet fruit.

Our regular Tuesday glean at Morning Glory was graced by four new volunteers, and we needed their help for sure. It was a veritable gleaning buffet of lettuce, bok choy, corn, arugula and radishes, totaling 736 pounds.

Nicole Cabot of Island Grown Schools facilitated Wednesday’s field trip for the fifth graders from West Tisbury. The energetic students picked almost 500 pounds of tomatoes and peppers in under an hour.

The next day’s pre-frost glean at Whippoorwill yielded another 300 pounds of peppers and some perfect kale as well. But our volunteers did not stop there: they headed directly to Edgartown, where they knew tomatoes were at risk of being lost to the impending frost. They harvested 315 pounds, delivered to the Edgartown School, the high school, and Woodside Village, and then used the rest to make sauce for free community meals this winter.

At the end of the week, our volunteers made sure that 360 pounds of sweet corn would be put to good use by residents at Woodside and Hillside Village, and those in sober living/recovery at Island House.

Just imagine what might have happened to all of that nutritious, delicious produce if it were not for the generosity of our local farmers and our volunteer harvesting crew.

Jamie O’Gorman

Program Coordinator

Island Grown Gleaning