We are now gleaning more frequently and appreciate all of your help!
Vegetables planted in the beds that volunteers built in the Fields to Families Garden in Moncks Corner, are flourishing!
Thanks to the work of your hands, we were able to distribute about 650 pounds of
produce this month in North Charleston. Children and seniors receive fresh produce
through the City of North Charleston and by the kindness of Belinda Swindler who
knows where our most forgotten citizens are located. She brings the vegetables and
our recipes to children and their parents in the city-supported camps and to the
seniors living in public facilities in North Charleston. We also distribute to
Tricounty Family Ministries for their pantry and soup kitchen, to Destiny (pay-as-you-
can) Café* and to Fresh Future Farm where vegetables are affordable for all
Gleaning at Rosebank Farms
Deliveries to TriCounty Family Ministries, Destiny Cafe and Fresh Future Farm.
🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱A New Farm! 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱
Fields to Families welcomes a new farm!
Rooting Down Farms located on Johns Island near Rosebank Farm.
Welcome aboard and thank you for all of the beautiful kale, kohlrabi, and turnips!
Meet our Volunteer of the Month, Minde Herbert and Jane and Sam Herbert!
Our family mission is simple: We love providing clean, wholesome food to people who are hungry. We’re new to the area so you can imagine our excitement when we discovered Fields to Families and their need for “gleaners” to work in local fields and pick produce, then deliver that food to communities in need. This is a relatively new mission for us, born from our own hardships.
Our kitchen table has always been the place to debrief, reenergize, and galvanize as a family. Sharing a meal together allows us to connect in meaningful ways. Cooking is a family affair, done with love. We look forward to perusing farmer’s markets for seasonal eats and creating new and interesting meals. In late 2007, I realized how much we took our healthy, wholesome meals (and access to good, clean food), for granted.
That’s when the real estate bubble burst into a fiery mess and my husband’s real estate brokerage went belly-up. I am ashamed to admit that before that I never put much thought into how much food cost or about our easy access to fresh food. We’d always eaten an organic diet and money was never an issue. Sure, we’d enjoyed dabbling in growing our own food and shopping responsibly but doing those things was not a necessity. For the first time I was hyper-aware of the true expense of good food and the importance of cooking.
Not willing to compromise my family’s health due to our dire financial circumstances, I quickly began finding solutions to feed my family “real food” meals on a very tight budget. I’d always had a passion for nutrition and cooking (and had studied those fields in college) and I immediately put that knowledge to use. I developed and honed methods for creating and maintaining a healthy, wholesome diet while pinching pennies. I think this is the time period where our – mine and my family’s – food advocacy began. I founded company called Affordably Organic, offering support and education to people that wanted to learn how to eat well and organically on a budget. I worked with Second Harvest Food Bank (E. TN), providing tips on how to cook healthy meals from donated foods; I was a frequent guest chef at local farmers markets, demonstrating how to cook seasonal foods in tasty, easy and cost-effective ways. I taught “Affordably Organic” classes at the University of Tennessee’s Culinary Institute, educating students about how to substitute homemade foods for processed ones, ways to effectively “bargain shop” for wholesome foods, and easy tips to grow food in small spaces.
My family has been along for every step of the way, offering their advice and opinions on recipes and more. My children compiled food bags for the hungry, were often in the back of the classroom during my workshops, and came with me whenever I spoke at a conference or to a large group. The kids are older now and they’re eager to get more involved in helping others get access to the food they need.
Now that’s we’re in Charleston, our food advocacy has shifted. We want to physically bring food to those in need and literally lend a hand to get the food out of the ground and onto people’s tables. Enter, Fields to Families.
“This kind of work makes me feel good, Mom,” said our 10-year old daughter Jane as she was wiping sweat and dirt out of her eyes after spending a couple hours picking mustard greens on a local farm. Her twin, Sam, shows he feels that same way by asking, “when can we go help again” every time we leave a gleaned field.
We are thankful for the opportunity to assist Fields to Families in their mission to feed hungry people and look forward to lending a hand as often as we can.
A very happy birthday to our Young Gleaners as they celebrate June Birthdays
Sophia Liang will be six years old on Sunday, June 12
Gavin Plis will be nine years old on Tuesday, June 14
Mitchell Foster will also be nine years old on Sunday, June 19
Ally Shipp will celebrate her Sweet Sixteenth Birthday on Sunday, June 26
Eason Stembridge, possibly our youngest gleaner, came out to play in the dirt!!💚💚💚
YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE. THANK YOU❣