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Rethinking the farming economy

Courtesy of Salvation Farms Close Authorship Gleaners at Salvation Farms in Morristown, Vermont. Each year, farmers such as Joe Tisbert of Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge, Vermont, are challenged with finding an outlet for their surplus crop. Surplus crop is defined as the food remaining after a harvest that cannot be sold on the market, or which cannot be harvested. As a result, farmers make less revenue for the season, but it also poses a potential loss of food for people in their communities.

Farming is the genesis of our food supply, and it’s an industry wracked with labor shortages, weather impacts from climate change, food waste, price volatility and unequal distribution of land.

In response to challenges that some Vermont farmers face, one Vermont nonprofit organization, Salvation Farms, which is not a farm, is devising ways to work with farmers to manage their crop surplus and get it to people who need fresh produce.

Salvation Farms co-founders Theresa Snow and Jen O’Donnell piloted their model in 2004, which centered on the agrarian practice gleaning. Since ancient times, poor people or travelers would visit local farmed fields, whose owners would leave small sections of their land to be harvested, or gleaned, by […]

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