Snohomish Conservation District
About 100 volunteers in Snohomish County, Wash., harvested approximately 8,750 ears of corns for Puget Sound food banks Sept. 7, reviving a gleaning tradition that had been dormant for a couple of years.
Dan Bartelheimer of Sno-Valley Farms grew the corn on about 3 acres. “We’ve been doing something like this for eight to 10 years,” he said.
The last couple of years, however, there were no volunteers to harvest the field. Bartelheimer said the Rev. Jim Eichner of the Holy Cross Church of Redmond, an Episcopal church, organized volunteers for an unprecedented turnout. Eichner also oversees the Food Bank Farm.
“It worked the first year we tried it, and we’re definitely going to continue it,” Bartelheimer said.
The harvest gave people a taste of farming, he said. “It’s always fun for the first half hour, hour.”
Bartelheimer, president of the Snohomish County Farm Bureau, said other farmers in the county are interested in hosting gleaners at the end of the harvest.
“I think something like this creates a lot of goodwill between the farmers and community,” he said.
The Snohomish Conservation District helped organize the event.