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Neighbors helping neighbors

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Above Ronnie Forrester of Holyoke Farms and Maeghaen Eley of Healthy Harvest Food Bank

Tuesday was gleaning day at Holyoke Farms near Lively in Lancaster County. Volunteers from the Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Healthy Harvest Food Bank pulled approximately 6,000 pounds of fresh corn.

Ron Forrester, who owns and operates Holyoke Farm with his family, planted 3 acres of sweet corn with the intention of sharing the yield with his neighbors and organizations such as Healthy Harvest Food Bank. “It’s for a good cause, we’re happy to bear the cost and participate in the Food Bank Agricultural Program,” said Forrester.

This agricultural program is a partnership with local growers to allow volunteers to glean fresh produce from farmer’s fields. Within 48 hours, Healthy Harvest distributes this produce to 28 partnering pantries and feeding sites in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.01.2018

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