Gleaning: Saturday the 10th of December

I received this email from Sandi Newman, area coordinator for Society of St. Andrews:

The Gleaning on Saturday is at Grove House, 2940 Claire Lane. This is a private home for developmentally challenged individuals and looks like a residential home. There is a circular drive in front of the house but we cannot park there. The best place to park is along the road across the street from the home, on Clairboro Rd. E. then walk across Claire Lane to the home. There is a path that leads along the left side of the house to the backyard and the grove of trees. Your son’s friends would be welcome to come. Citrus sometimes has spines on the branches so I recommend wearing garden gloves for protection. If you have any hand clippers or limb loppers, long-handled pruning tools, it would be helpful to bring them.
If you can bring boxes, preferably banana boxes or other strong structural boxes, that would also be helpful. Otherwise we pack in plastic grocery bags. I would also suggest bringing bottled water.
We will meet at 8:30 and usually work about 4 hours but you can leave any time you need to.

The weather in NE Florida will be crisp, perfect for a morning in the grove. So far I have no takers but the seeds have been planted (no pun intended) for future endeavors.


Gleaning: Update

I received this message from Sandi Newman, gleaning coordinator of North East Florida. If you follow this blog you know I reached out to her via her website Society of St. Andrews a few months ago to assist in gleaning the farms/orchards of Florida. She contacted me earlier this week to note the following:

Greetings Gleaners!
We have citrus to harvest this Saturday morning in Mandarin. We’ll meet around 8:30 to pick and distribute to agencies across Jacksonville. We’ve gleaned this grove before and they have delicious fruit that is much appreciated by the shelters, pantries and other agencies we serve and those individuals that they feed.
Respond to this e-mail and I will send the address and directions to the gleaning site.
Thanks for your faithful support of the Gleaning Network!

I am awaiting her confirmation of location and directions on how to get there. If you can join me let’s meet up for an early morning cup of coffee.

For some additional information on Sandi and the organization see this article from

Gleaning – Update

I received a response in regards to my correspondence with Society of St. Andrew.

Hi Brian-
Thanks for your interest in gleaning opportunities with Society of St.
Andrew in the Jacksonville area.
We will be gearing up for our season which starts in November and goes
through June. We begin with “backyard citrus” trees that are offering
by homeowners across Duval County, and move on to field crops like
broccoli and cabbage in April and May and finish with potatoes in June
and July. The fields are located around Hastings, which is a small
town that lies between St. Augustine and Palatka on CR207.
I’ll send an e-mail outlining volunteer opportunities around the first
of November!
Sandi Newman
Area coordinator

Look for more updates to come!

Gleaning the Farms and Other Items

For anyone who is interested, I have contacted SoSA (Society of St. Andrews) to volunteer time in the farms of Florida, gleaning food for the hungry. This is a group that works in a good number of other states (here). If you are at all interested in spending time to help let me know. When they contact me with availability I will share it on the site.

With South Carolina being another state to glean in I will probably be requesting times there as well.

A few other projects being worked on are below. As you can read, Chris is very busy.

  • I have sent out an email to some friends I think can offer their services or direct me to ones who can for a chili cookofff I would like to host in December. Proceeds would go towards the Second Harvest of North Florida and the West Chatham Food Pantry. My plan is to ask for a $5 donation and 5 cans of food. The food collected will go directly to Second Harvest. My first order of business is to get some chefs. Let me know if you can help.
  • I am trying to frame a Pop Warner Scholarship Fund so we can help pay for at least one child to play Pop Warner Football. Listening to Fred Taylor’s retirement speech today, where he spoke of his grandmother scraping together $60 for him to play, has further inspired me that this will be a worthy effort.
  • Chris is working to coordinate a food drive at Wake Technical Community College with other like-minded campus groups.
  • Chris is working to coordinate an event for Veterans Day. This could include acquiring a flag that has been flown over the state capital and presenting it to the oldest living veteran in North Carolina.
  • Chris is working to set up a $500 scholarship fund on Wake’s campus.

The $1 Facebook Friend Fund never got off the ground and with Chris now off Facebook I am carrying the standard. I know the one-click donation link will help (or I hope it will) and it has not been forgotten. Also, please don’t forget to keep those BoxTops. Remember, I will come and get them.