The goal of the Gleaning Garden is three-fold:
Gleaning is the practice of leaving food behind during a harvest so that those on the margin of society could also benefit and collect food to meet their needs. Because it is one of our goals to provide food for those on the margin of our society, we will be donating our food to local charities or to other opportunities as we become aware of them.
We have a heart for things often found on the margins of life. This includes land that appears to be forgotten and neglected. Combine this with our desire to meet our neighbors, a desire to care for the poor as well as redeeming our natural environment, we began looking for spaces to create a community garden. Thanks to the guidance of a few community members, we were pointed in a direction and to people that could help us out.
Vivan Lawhead, owner of Elliot's Mohawk Shopping Center, provided for us a perfect space directly adjacent to the Monon Trail, Union Brewing Company, and SoHo Cafe; providing much needed exposure and surface area to be noticed. This is also perfect because it is geographically located between several nearby apartment complexes. Many of these folks do not have property to grow food. We hope that these people will join us and work the land.