An issue in my town is a housing crisis, which makes many in poverty,or homeless, not due to any personal fault.
A program was set up for the low income to get a free raised bed and seeds, with access to a master gardener, often located at a church or elementary school. They built these on land just yard grass, on top of soil, no dig.
There were issues, like too far from a person’s home, personal responsibility to maintain it, weeds do pop up from wind and took over some spots, and tree and bush fruits could not go in them.
As I plant more trees, I am considering ways to put by, dehydrate, freeze, and use all parts of plants possible myself. But inevitably the birds and I will not get all of it. Some always will go to waste, just as I see in yards I pass by…fallen pears, apples, wasted.
Since all of you live around the world and have many large plantations, or tiny yards with few mouths to feed like I do, I am opening a topic to share how we can help others who cannot afford $3.99 lb fruit.
Gleening was a part of the past, the poorest went into fields to harvest what was not sold, including what was fallen. Less waste, less hunger. Some people we do not want in our yards. Some places have a program where tree owners call and they have citizen volunteers gleen and give 3/4 to the owner, and 1/4 goes to food pantries.
What do you think?