Better Pittsburgh Group Meals Financial institution rescues produce from native farms – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The weather is bringing decent harvests for farmers this year, and that means more local produce at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The food bank works with local farmers to save fresh produce known as gleanings. They are putting back into the ground the fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be grown.
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They have already done four gleanings this year on local farms, including Harvest Valley Farms in Gibsonia.
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“There’s always corn that we say can’t be sold. It’s certainly edible, but it’s just not perfect. That’s what the peer review process does. It comes in and gathers whatever stuff is left in the field after I get what I can sell, ”said Art King of Harvest Valley Farms.
King estimates that there would have been about 80 dozen cobs of corn left in the field that would otherwise have been wasted.
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The board assumes that one to three readings per week will be carried out for the next 20 weeks.
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