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The Dripby Brew Editors12:23 pmJan 3, 20130

Help glean food in farmers’ fields to feed hungry

Above: Volunteers plan to glean veggies like this cauliflower for distribution to city free food programs.

The group “Gather Baltimore” is holding a Saturday event in Essex to harvest the remaining crops in farmed fields – veggies that will be distributed to local free food programs run by faith communities and others in Baltimore City.

They are inviting volunteers to join them as they glean turnips, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, celery, carrots and other vegetables at Zahradka Farm (2300 Golupski Road, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5).

There’s actually a more GPS-friendly address offered on the Gather Baltimore Facebook page. The group’s founder, Open Society Institute fellow Arthur Gray Morgan, recommends plugging in 2285 Phillips Road.

Whatever is picked will be delivered to their partners, The Franciscan Center of Baltimore and Moveable Feast, the group’s Facebook says.

Here’s how Gather Baltimore describes themselves on their website.

Gather Baltimore is a volunteer-based program, created by OSI fellow Arthur Gray Morgan, that collects unsold vegetables, fruit and bread from the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in downtown Baltimore and other sources for redistribution to local meal programs, faith communities, and others in need.

The baked goods, fruit and seasonal produce collected would otherwise be thrown away as it will not stay fresh until the next market. Gather Baltimore insures that this food does not become waste but instead is made available to financially challenged families in communities where fresh healthy food is not readily accessibl

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