“Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. “
Communities get together at pre-arranged time and place and with agreement from the farmer to rescue crops that are left, or crops that the farmer is unable to provide people to pick because it may be uneconomical for them to do so. These crops would otherwise go to waste. It is estimated that farmers waste around 16% of their crops.
The gleaned crops are taken for redistribution to local communities and charities.
Much more about Gleaning from: http://eastkentgleaninghub.co.uk/
More Gleaning information and handbook here: https://gleaning.feedbackglobal.org/