I spent part of my afternoon on a local farm weeding onions. Turns out, it was fun. Why isn’t weeding my own garden so rewarding? Because that is solely a selfish endeavor for my own gain and well being. And, a colossal pain in the ass.
The Chester County Food Bank serves over 90 regional food cupboards and meal sites. Today, I weeded onion beds for them. Not all by myself, some of my co-workers joined me. Obviously the food bank gets canned/dried good/monetary donations throughout the year from very generous people, but they try to bring in fresh veggies during the season with their own sort of “farm to table” program. Local farms donate some growing space and minimal labor, but it’s up to the Food Bank and volunteers to grow, care for and harvest the crops. It’s called Gleaning, and you can read more about it here.
Get involved people. If you can’t give money, give some time.
― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World