Wow. Who cares that is was nearly 100 degrees today? We had a blast!
Our morning began at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Shippensburg where we gathered to set out on a gleaning adventure. We were led by the energetic Deacon Wanda Kloza who organizes the Feed My Sheep Ministry in our diocese, supporting, connecting and encouraging food ministries in Central PA. Wanda explained what we would be doing, introduced us to our new Gleaning Captains, Jay and Renee of The Gleaning Project of South Central PA, and after a time of prayer and the anointing of our hands, we were off in a caravan to the Gro-Mor Farm in Shippensburg to “pull” (not “pick,” we learned,) corn.
What is gleaning?
In biblical terms, Gleaning is a practice that is part of Levitical law, instructing land owners and farmers to leave the edges of their fields unharvested so that the poor can have food. Leviticus 23:22 says, "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.’"
In the book of Ruth, Chapter 2, we know that Ruth gleaned in the field of Boaz. (Ruth 2: 2)
And today, we gleaned in the field of Gro-Mor Farm. The 51 dozen ears of corn that we picked, (450 lbs!) will be sent to the Shippensurg Produce delivery site- a food bank that distributes fresh fruit and vegetables to those in need. Deacon Wanda was an originator of the SPO. Jay, one of our gleaning leaders from the Gleaning Project told us that in one year, they gather 100,000 lbs. of produce to give away. He also told us that in Franklin County, PA’s 2nd largest source of fresh produce, only 6% of the residents eat three or more servings of vegetables per day.
We pulled corn for about an hour, and over some refreshing watermelon, learned more about this awesome mission. It was a joy and an honor to be part of this project today.
|Anointing hands for service|
|Smiling in spite of the heat!|
|On our way to the gleaning site|
|Happy gleaners: Wanda, Carenda, Barbara|
|Our farmer demonstrating how to pull corn|
|a LONG row to glean|
|Double fisted gleaner|
|Plenty of corn!|
|Rebecca, happy at the end of her row|
|episcopal art shot..|
|Watermelon never tasted so good!|
|Alexander, Andrew and Lisa!|
|Bishop living into her farm fantasy|