Skip to comments.40,000 flock to fields for farmers' leftovers
Posted on 11/24/2008 7:21:54 AM PST by mlocherEdited 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.
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Peanut farming around here leaves plenty of unpicked peanuts after the pickers move through.
God Bless them./Just Asking - seoul62.......
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.
“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.
Just wait till Obama gives away free cheese.
I guess the following day, no one could take a leek.
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.
I suspect they were not starving but looking for something free. What else you gonna do in Plattsville Ohio on a Saturday?
I wish the tomato farmers in these parts would do something like this instead of first poisoning and later burning the fields.
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.
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.
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?
That's nothing. Just wait until they start chowing down on Government cheeze...
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.
Our district had a record year for Scouting for Food here in Michigan.
Actually, more like EGGSACKLEY!!
Shows there is unlimited demand for anything free.
I'm sure the owner enjoyed the smiles on their faces.
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.
40,000 people? There are that many illegal immigrants there?
I’m told that Americans won’t pick produce.
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.
I was shocked by this story. That just seems like an awful lot of people. How did so many find out?
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
lol, that is how Bill Handel got himself in trouble giving free cheese.
that is great.