Backyard Foraging

| 5/31/2016 1:07:00 PM

Tags: neighborhood harvesting, gardening, vegetables, fruits, Renee Benoit, California,

Renee-Lucie Benoit"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 residing among you." — Leviticus 23:22

The Bible instructed farmers to leave something behind when they harvested. Is this a practice that modern day people can follow? I make friends with my neighbors and we share leftover fruits and vegetables that we can't use. In a way this is modern gleaning. No one is asking for payment. It's a barter system or it's just a gift. When we lived in Tracy the farmer who lived just across the road brought boxes of cucumbers and tomatoes to share. We could have as many as we wanted. Both city mouse and country mouse can benefit from sharing.

Here's what I have on my property that could go into the cornucopia when the time comes.



Some store bought potatoes were sprouting, so rather than throw them away or put them in the compost I planted them in the dirt. I have no idea what variety they are. Some kind of baking potato no doubt and it will be fun to discover what surprises the earth might yield when the time comes to harvest.

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