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40,000 flock to fields for farmers' leftovers
Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 24, 2008 | AP

Posted on 11/24/2008 7:21:54 AM PST by mlocher

Edited on 11/24/2008 7:41:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (AP) -- A farm couple got a huge surprise when they opened their fields to anyone who wanted to pick up free vegetables left over after the harvest -- 40,000 people showed up.

Joe and Chris Miller's fields were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of gleaning -- the ancient practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields -- was canceled yesterday.


(Excerpt) Read more at columbusdispatch.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charity; farmer; farmers; farmlabor; field; gimmegimmer; glean
There still are plenty of good people left in this world!
1 posted on 11/24/2008 7:21:54 AM PST by mlocher
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To: mlocher

peanuts

Peanut farming around here leaves plenty of unpicked peanuts after the pickers move through.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:19 AM PST by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: mlocher

God Bless them./Just Asking - seoul62.......


3 posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:23 AM PST by seoul62
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To: mlocher

Yep. Awhile back a man had a truck loaded with grapefruit and gave me a bucket full. I offered to pay and he said these fell on the ground and something about the Lord would expect him to give them away to others.


4 posted on 11/24/2008 7:28:28 AM PST by CindyDawg (Lord, please bless America)
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To: mlocher

“People obviously need food.”

The above statement seems to be the point of the whole article. Oh dear, oh dear.......Americans are starving so badly that they have to go out and pick leftover veggies.

Pure propaganda.


5 posted on 11/24/2008 7:28:33 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley

Just wait till Obama gives away free cheese.


6 posted on 11/24/2008 7:30:13 AM PST by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: mlocher

I guess the following day, no one could take a leek.


7 posted on 11/24/2008 7:31:10 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: mlocher

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING!!!!!! Denver liberals driving an hour or more to take more than they need, half of which will end up in a landfill. Yes, there are still good people in the world and these farmers are among them, but I’d bet most of the gleaners weren’t in need.


8 posted on 11/24/2008 7:35:16 AM PST by Free_SJersey (THE GOVERNMENT THAT GOVERNS LEAST, GOVERNS BEST. CONSTITUTION FIRST!)
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To: EggsAckley

I suspect they were not starving but looking for something free. What else you gonna do in Plattsville Ohio on a Saturday?


9 posted on 11/24/2008 7:36:20 AM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: mlocher

I wish the tomato farmers in these parts would do something like this instead of first poisoning and later burning the fields.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 7:38:38 AM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: mlocher

I wonder how many people really needed the food and just didnt show up in their cars and stuff as much as they can because it was FREE. We used to have free cheese and other items for the not so fortunate but the old folks would show up in their lincolns,caddies etc then turn around and try to sell it to stores in the area. Florida is full of gimmies.


11 posted on 11/24/2008 7:38:38 AM PST by bikerman
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To: EggsAckley

I wonder how many of these gleaners were actually church groups or social organizations gathering food as a “food pantry” event.

My community grows sweet potatoes. I have seen several large groups of gleaners come out to hand harvest after the heavy equipment leave. They donate all to food banks. It is a fun day in the country that does good for others. There are organizations that help set up the event and provide boxes and transportation for the produce.


12 posted on 11/24/2008 7:42:24 AM PST by myprecious
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To: EggsAckley
This story is just plain silly. First, I dispute the 40,000 number, and I can't find a crowd shot to verify anything. I did find this story about the event, which points to the idiocy of today's society...

Chris Miller says they expected between 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks left in the field after harvesting. Instead, cars snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles.

About 30 acres of the 600 acre farm about 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.

Some people also left their cars along two nearby Colorado highways to take to the field with sacks, wagons and barrels to harvest the produce.

Just like the Great Depression, only everyone arrives in their own car. How much gas did these idiots waste so they could get $10 worth of free potatoes?

13 posted on 11/24/2008 7:42:55 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
I guess the following day, no one could take a leek.

That's nothing. Just wait until they start chowing down on Government cheeze...

14 posted on 11/24/2008 7:43:35 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: EggsAckley

Exactly !!!


15 posted on 11/24/2008 7:45:33 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: EggsAckley

food banks in L.A. area are hurting real bad. We just did scouting for food, they were astounded at what was gathered. I’d like to see it actually help people who are citizens for a change and not illegals. we are up to our armpits with these illegal aliens.


16 posted on 11/24/2008 7:46:16 AM PST by television is just wrong (obama is going to pay my mortgage for me!)
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To: television is just wrong

Our district had a record year for Scouting for Food here in Michigan.


17 posted on 11/24/2008 7:49:50 AM PST by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: Dustbunny

“Exactly !!!”

Actually, more like EGGSACKLEY!!

~</;o)


18 posted on 11/24/2008 7:50:24 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: mlocher

Shows there is unlimited demand for anything free.


19 posted on 11/24/2008 7:53:05 AM PST by DManA
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To: television is just wrong
NYS - In the winter, on their way home from school, my father and his siblings always went through an apple orchard on the way home...picking up the frozen apples as they went. My aunt said it was like eating apple popsicles...

I'm sure the owner enjoyed the smiles on their faces.

20 posted on 11/24/2008 7:53:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Gabz
I wish the tomato farmers in these parts would do something like this instead of first poisoning and later burning the fields.

And don't forget, every truckload of tomatoes that leaves the Eastern Shore is actually a truckload of WATER. When I lived there, people were having to get deep-wells dug because the tomato-irrigating agribusinesses had drained the upper water table and the shallow wells were running dry.

21 posted on 11/24/2008 7:55:57 AM PST by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: mlocher

40,000 people? There are that many illegal immigrants there?

I’m told that Americans won’t pick produce.


22 posted on 11/24/2008 8:03:01 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: mlocher

How much were they paid an hour to do this work? I hear that this has to be low wage labor.

Free??? And they were Americans doing the labor?

Then again, in Ohio, there are people who will PAY to pick strawberries.


23 posted on 11/24/2008 8:04:00 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: mlocher

I was shocked by this story. That just seems like an awful lot of people. How did so many find out?


24 posted on 11/24/2008 8:13:05 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Our government is an edifice of artifice.)
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To: mlocher

As a farmer I have to say WOW, but not SHAMWOW! We have stuff left all the time, I tell people about it and they all want me to go out and pick it and bring it to them, decrepit old ladies, yeah, able-bodied anyone else, no.


25 posted on 11/24/2008 8:13:11 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: mlocher

I call bull on the numbers in this story. A 600 acre farm, 30 acres used for a parking lot, so around 570 acres left for “gleaning”.

At 570 acres, you would have 70 people per acre.

That is a 25 by 25 foot section of field per person to glean from. Since these were left-overs from harvest, how many carrots, potatoes and leeks do you figure each person got? Maybe a couple of pounds at most?

So, a 37 miles trip for Denver to dig in the cold ground for $3 worth of roots?

That seems a little odd to me.


26 posted on 11/24/2008 8:32:58 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: weegee
Colorado darn it not Ohio.There are more dirty freeloading hippies in Denver than all of Ohio
27 posted on 11/24/2008 9:01:46 AM PST by rednekelmo (American Republic 7-4-1776 to 11-4-2008 RIP)
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To: bikerman
the old folks would show up in their lincolns,caddies etc

Oh man, reminds me of when they would give away fans in Philly. You'd have old people roll up in their cars to get a $20 fan. It's hot in Philly every summer. If you're 65-70 years old, haven't you figured out that it's gonna get hot? Don't you already have a fan? Don't you have kids/grandkids who can scrape up $20 for a box fan? They'd put these freeloaders on the news like they were handing out loaves and fishes. I wanted to smack them all.

28 posted on 11/24/2008 9:06:10 AM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: mlocher
Back in 1963 we lived in Phoenix,AZ. One afternoon the old man took us to a huge potato field. Standing along the road were about 100 or so folks with burlap bags. I remember a lot of Indian women with their hair up in buns with long dresses. The farmer harvested all the potatoes he wanted and stood up on his tractor and waved his arm. We all ran in the field like a Easter Egg Hunt. Lots of small potatoes and some damaged ones. We filled three big burlap sacks with those dirty potatoes. The old man traded a sack of spuds for a sack of carrots at the local beer joint. Baked and boiled potatoes and carrots with white sauce for lunch and dinner all week.
29 posted on 11/24/2008 9:11:51 AM PST by 4yearlurker (I'm shoveling snow instead of raking leaves. Global warming my A$$!)
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To: mlocher

Err, this is the WaPo. Convinient there are no pictures. Wonder why that happened. Maybe, just maybe, BECAUSE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. 40,000 people my ass!!!!


30 posted on 11/24/2008 10:22:49 AM PST by newbie 10-21-00
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To: east1234

lol, that is how Bill Handel got himself in trouble giving free cheese.


31 posted on 11/24/2008 6:16:55 PM PST by television is just wrong (obama is going to pay my mortgage for me!)
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To: cyclotic

that is great.


32 posted on 11/24/2008 6:17:54 PM PST by television is just wrong (obama is going to pay my mortgage for me!)
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