Last Friday several members of the Colchester-Milton Rotary, friends, and family spent a couple of hours gleaning at the Intervale. What is gleaning you ask? According to Wikipedia "Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest." The Intervale Center distributes the gleaned vegetables to organizations that assist those who are food insecure.
On September 10th the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club enlisted 12 volunteers which included community members, friends, co-workers, and family members alongside Rotarians to glean at the Burlington Intervale farm. It was a beautiful sunny day post a quick rain prior to our trek out to the fields where we picked 150 bunches of chards and over 700 pounds of carrots. The food gleaned will be distributed through the Fair Share program, a weekly CSA-style distribution of gleaned vegetables to 200 income eligible in the greater Burlington area. The extra surplus will be brought to the weekly produce pop-up in the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski, a town neighboring Colchester.
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