October 27th and November 3rd, 2011 we will meet at the Trussell’s at 8:15 a.m. to go glean. We will return to the Trussell at 12:30 a.m.
What is gleaning?
The concept of gleaning is rooted in the command given by God to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.
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 resid-ing among you. (Leviticus 23:22)
Back then, the poor followed along behind the farm workers to pick what remained on the stalks and vines. Today at Project SHARE, we work side by side with our recipients to glean from the field as instructed by the farmers.
We’re happy to come out to your youth group, small group or church service to talk about hunger issues and the Biblical basis for gleaning. If you’re interested, please e-mail our farm coordinator, Tammie Gitt, at email@example.com.
How many adult leaders should I bring with my youth group?
We prefer a ratio of 1 adult leader for every 7 students. However, we encourage you to think of gleaning not as a “youth group” trip for which you have to find X number of leaders for Y number of youth. A gleaning trip is a simple, but significant way to bring the generations of your church together. So, as you plan, consider making the trip open to anyone in the congregation who would like to attend.
Where are we going?
We schedule the farm one or two weeks in advance so we won’t know exactly where you are going to be gleaning until much clos-er to the date. As you can imagine, it’s hard to pinpoint when a crop will be ready so we need to be as flexible as possible.
What will we glean?
That question will be answered when we find out at which farm we will be working. Keep in mind that farmers may change their minds about what they would like us to pick so be prepared for any-thing!
How do we get to the farm?
Carpool! We want to use as few cars as possible to go to the farm since some farms have limited are-as for parking. If you can bring a church van and help transport gleaners, that would be awesome!
Where do we meet?
There are two options:
Meet at the SHARE parking lot. We pull out promptly at 5:30 p.m. (or 8:30 a.m. for Saturday trips). Please arrive in time to sign in and make last-minute bathroom runs.
Meet at the farm at 6 p.m. (or 9 a.m. for Saturday trips). Please use this option only if the farm is significantly closer to you than SHARE. We ask that you make arrangements with Tammie, our farm coordinator, if you want to meet us there. To do so, please call 249-7773 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to wear and bring?
Dress for the weather. It will be hot even in the evenings in July and August. Saturday morning gleaning in the fall will start cool and quickly warm up so think layers.
Always wear sturdy shoes with closed toes.
You will not be permitted in the field if you wear flip-flops! 5 North Orange St, Suite 4, Carlisle PA 17013 – (P) 249-7773 – (F) 249-0591- www.projectshare.net