[act-ma] 5/16: Celebrate Gleaning with the Boston Area Farm Gleaning Project
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Sat Apr 21 19:33:59 PDT 2007
Wednesday, May 16
Regent Theatre, dance studio
An evening with refreshments, a talk on gleaning by Oakes Plimpton,
and the Agnes Varda documentary The Gleaners and I (2000, France) to
celebrate a new non-profit forming: Boston Area Farm Gleaning Project
Tickets are $10
BAFGP membership is $10 contribution
Oakes Plimpton is the coordinator of the Boston Area Farming Gleaning
Project [BAFGP] and has been present at the creation of farmers'
markets, community gardens, community land trusts, and CSAs. He's one
of the little known heroes of local agriculture.
Now he's re-establishing the practice of gleaning.
Thanks, Oakes, for all your work.
Gleaning is a Biblical term referring to the ancient law requiring
farmers to let poor people onto their farms after harvest to "glean"
whatever produce was left in the fields. There is no such law now,
and farmers often plow under produce either because they planted too
much, it's over-ripe, or insect, animal, or frost damaged. Despite
cosmetic appearances, this food is still edible and nutritious. The
Project has been operating for three years already. Oakes, who also
manages the Arlington Farmers' Market, tried to persuade Food For
Free and some of the others who receive gleaned produce to take on
this project, but nobody took on the project. He saw the necessity
for a new organization and is looking for help with the challenge.
Tickets will be available at the door, but we hope you will send in
your ticket money ($10 check made out to B.A.F.G.P. addressed to 67
Coolidge Road, Arlington MA 02476). Please become a member for only
$10. I'm sure volunteer contributions are welcome.
PS: There's a time banking group and a do it yourself club starting
in Cambridge, MA too. Social economics is busting out all over.
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