Gleaning–A New Old Way to Maintain Food Security?

Gleaning. Could it be it a new old way to maintain food security? There’s a fascinating article on gleaning in “Backwoods Home Magazine” for May/June, 2014, Issue #147.

Find out what it’s all about from the article whose excerpt follows, then click the link below to read the whole thing.

You may soon be pondering the possibility of getting together with a few other families to form a gleaning association to help one another. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.


An old tradition made new

By Daniel Furtney

Gleaning. You may remember the term from Sunday School or your Bible studies. In the book of Ruth, “gleaning” refers to poor people being allowed to follow a landowner’s regular crop pickers, taking the leftover grain or other produce for themselves and their families.

The tradition is still alive, if not exactly common, these days. In its modern incarnation, it involves stocking food banks, soup kitchens, and churches, and earning tax breaks for farmers. It’s also a great way to build up your own larder at little cost.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. (541)247-8900.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.