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Bounty of Tomatoes Shared with the Community

Posted: September 22, 2015

Franklin County Master Gardeners shared the excess, large crop of tomatoes grown for Tomato Day tasting with the community through the Gleaning Project of South Central PA.
Approximately 340 lbs. of tomatoes were picked by the gleaning crew.

Approximately 340 lbs. of tomatoes were picked by the gleaning crew.

The Gleaning Project of South Central PA came and picked approximately 340 pounds of tomatoes, many were tasty heirloom varieties.

“Gleaning” is the collection of leftover crops from fields and orchards after they’ve been commercially harvested or from fields where it’s not economically profitable to harvest. Lots of food goes to waste right in our backyard because it’s not worth the time or money to pick, or because that good food doesn’t look good enough.

This group distributes gleaned produce as quickly and efficiently as possible to the network of hunger-relief organizations that already exist in our area – food pantries, shelters, senior centers, community meals, and weekend backpack programs.

For Franklin County farms and home gardeners with excess crops, or if you are interested in volunteering, you may call 717-492-6269 for information.

For more information about the Project, visit their Website.