Gleaning–A New Old Way to Maintain Food Security?

Gleaning. Is 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.

What if you and a few other families got together to form a gleaning association? It’s not out of the realm of possibility. Check out the article excerpt which follows, then click the link below to read the whole thing. I believe it will have you pondering how your family and other preppers in your area might be able to maintain food security and help others stay fed.



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. 1-800-835-2418.


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.