Wow. Crop gleaning is the wise and ancient practice of picking up the leftover food that doesn’t get harvested when the workers (or, now, machines) move through the fields. A lot of food banks have volunteers who work as crop gleaners–around here, they will even come harvest your backyard apple tree if you’d like to donate the fruit.
So this farm outside Denver opens its fields to anyone who wants to pick the remaining potatoes and carrots left over after the harvest–and 40,000 people show up.
40,000 people. To dig free potatoes out of the dirt.