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Double Gleaning!

We will be having two more gleanings of collards and mustards this week thanks to Joseph Fields! There will be a gleaning this Friday the 11th from 9:30-12:30 at Joseph Fields’s Farm on 3129 River Road, Johns Island, SC led by Nikki Seibert.

 

The following gleaning will be Saturday the 12th from 9:30-12:30 also at Joseph Fields’s Farm on 3129 River Road, Johns Island, SC led by Greg Vanderwerker.

 

We respectfully request that all volunteers bring gloves, snips/scissors/knives, water, hat, sunscreen and bugspray.

If possible, please stop at your local grocery store and ask for vegetable boxes.

 

Please email Nikki at: info@fieldstofamilies, if you can attend or your agency is interested in picking up produce. If you are willing to deliver produce to recipient agencies, please let us know!!

 

If you need anything the day of, please call Nikki at 843-261-3575 on Friday and Greg at 843-737-1783 on Saturday.

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Volunteer Greg Vanderwerker proudly displays turnips gleaned on Wadmalaw Island

The time for gleaning is here! With the warm weather approaching, many fall and winter crops have begun to flower and we have to harvest them quick.

Our first official gleaning this season will be out atRosebank Farm on Johns Island, this Wednesday, 8:30am-11:00am. Although their stand is being moved, they are still going full steam in the fields. Gleaners will be meeting off of Resurrection Rd. (once on Resurrection, we will be off to the right behind where the stand was). We respectfully request that all volunteers bring gloves, snips/scissors/knives, water, hat, sunscreen and bugspray. 

If possible, please stop at your local grocery store and ask for vegetable boxes. 

Please email Nikki at: info@fieldstofamilies, if you can attend or your agency is interested in picking up produce. 

p.s. If you cannot come out for the gleaning, we will be helping out at the Bogarden on Bogard and Rutledge this Saturday March 5th from 10-2. Volunteers will be cleaning up the lot, weeding, building beds, and painting signs. There will also be another workday on Saturday March 19th to continue the clean-up, plant seedlings, and potential spread mulch. Please join us!

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Angels!

In case you haven’t heard, Fields to Families is among the Angels!!

See us on the news and read about us below:

November 17, 2010

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond Announces Scrooges and Angels for 2010

(Columbia, SC) – South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced today the fifteenth-annual Scrooges and Angels for 2010.  The ten Angels were recognized at a press conference and honored with a reception in the Secretary of State’s Office following the announcement.

The Angels honored represent organizations that exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina.  Representatives from all organizations were in attendance to receive a plaque and recognition from Secretary Hammond. The Angels recognized, with the percentage of their program expenses that went toward their program activities, are listed below.  Those recognized are listed in alphabetical order, and are not ranked by the Secretary of State.

Angel Flight Soars, Inc., Atlanta, GA    87.3%
Cheer for Children, Rock Hill, SC    98.2%
Family Promise of Beaufort County, Inc., Beaufort, SC    99.9%
Fields to Families, Ladson, SC    98.5%
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Jacksonville, FL    85.8%
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC, Greenville, SC    92.8%
Horry County Museum Foundation, Conway, SC    99.6%
House of Hope of the Pee Dee, Florence, SC    83.6%
Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, Kiawah Island, SC    80.8%
Pets, Inc. of the Midlands, West Columbia, SC    98.7%

The Angels were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s Office. The following criteria were considered:  the charity must have been established for at least three years; has collected revenue greater than $20,000; 80 percent or more of the revenue must go toward the charities’ program goals; makes good use of volunteer labor; and receives minimal funding in grants.  The panel also sought to showcase charities with different missions, and chose charities across South Carolina and outside the state.

The designation of Scrooge is based upon the charitable organization’s failure to spend a high percentage of their collections on stated program activities and/or use of a high percentage of collections to pay professional solicitors.  The Scrooges chosen, with the percentage of their program expenses that went toward the program activities, are listed below.  Those recognized are listed in alphabetical order, and are not ranked by the Secretary of State.

A Leg to Stand On, New York, NY    34.2%
American Assoc. of State Troopers Scholarship Foundation, Tallahassee, FL    34.4%
American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Silver Spring, MD    20.3%
Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, Inc., Schererville, IN    35.8%
Disabled Veterans National Foundation, Washington, DC    37.0%
Firefighters Support Foundation, Inc., Greenfield, MA    7.5%
National Cancer Assistance Foundation, Sarasota, FL    11.7%
National Veterans Service Fund, Inc., Darien, CT    17.5%
Parkinson Research Foundation, Inc., Sarasota, FL    25.3%
Project Cure, Inc., Bradenton, FL    22.7%

The Scrooges were selected by review of financial reports submitted annually to the Secretary of State’s Office. The following criteria were considered:  the charity had given 40 percent or less of the revenue to the charities’ program goals; collected revenue greater than $20,000; and spent a large amount of donations on the use of professional fundraisers.

Secretary Hammond issued the following statement: “As Secretary of State, I have the duty of enforcing the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and of protecting the public against “Scrooge” organizations that want to take advantage of our giving spirit. Charitable solicitations across the state have increased in the last three years because more and more people are in need of assistance.  Even though times are tough, South Carolinians continue to be some of the most generous people in the nation and always answer the call when it comes to defending and helping the less fortunate.  However, there are those who would take advantage of our generosity.  So I ask that you check out any organization before you contribute your hard-earned money.  Please visit our Website at www.scsos.com; select the Charity Search button to learn the charity’s total revenue, program expenses, total expenses, net assets, and fundraiser costs.  We have even calculated the percentage of total expenses that the charity has devoted to its program services. You can also call our Charities Division at 1-888-CHARITI (242-7484).”

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Purple top turnip from Robertsons first gleaning.

Last week we began our fall gleanings out at the Robertson property and managed to harvest 880 pounds of turnips and greens which was then shared with Florence Crittenton, Star Gospel, Our Lady of Mercy, and the Dream Center. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers helping get fresh vegetables to these great agencies!

For those of you that may have missed our first fall gleaning…this weekend there will be two more opportunities to participate! Fields to Families will be gleaning this Saturday morning and afternoon at two different farms. In the morning we will be out on Wadmalaw harvesting turnips, collards, kale, and cabbage from 9am to 11:30am and then breaking for lunch. Then at 1:30 we will be heading over to Rosebank Farms to harvest peas and eggplant until 4pm.

If you are interested in participating in either or both gleanings, please email info@fieldstofamilies.org for confirmation and directions.

We hope to see you out there!

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After a long hot summer, we are excited to announce our first fall gleanings!! Al and Martha Robertson are ready for us to visit their Wadmalaw property to harvest their Turnips, Kale, Bok Choy and Chinese Cabbage. Since these the days are still pretty warm and these are heat sensitive crops, we will be breaking up the gleaning into two mornings.

These first gleaning will be this Saturday 23rd from 8:30am to 11:00am and the second will be next Tuesday 26th from 8:30am to 11:00am.

If you are interested in coming, please register by emailing info@fieldstofamilies.org and I will give you all directions.  If you are not already in our volunteer database, please complete our online form.

We respectively request that volunteers bring their own gloves, snips/scissors, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

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photo by Helen Hammond

I must thank Helen Hammond for her serendipitous timing. She called on such a perfect day that I had Jim Richmond on his way to drop off 6,500 lbs of watermelon. In case you didn’t see the article in the Moultrie News, it can be found here.

The Richmond family has been so gracious to make these Charleston Greys available to us and our agencies. This week they have even more, except we need your help to pick them and deliver them! The Richmond’s farm is located at 2620 Harris Town Rd, St. Stephen 29479. We would be welcome to glean Thursday, July 22. Gleaning to commence around 9:00 am.

I would suggest bringing a wagon (from field to vehicle), if you’re able to deliver to some agencies. On your way into town. If you would like to just glean, then I can see if any of our agencies are able to pick-up on-site. The melons are between 8-12 lbs, so they’ll wear on you as time passes. Don’t feel pressured to stay long, just harvest what you are able to. We could use the help to deliver these afterwards. Email christina [at] fieldstofamilies [dot] org, if you can help. Keep in mind that watermelons grow on the vine so you may want to pack a box cutter, long sleeves, a hat, and maybe some gloves. Stay hydrated, pack ice water!

We are so grateful for the support and commitment to service each and every one of you give. It’s truly a blessing to see how much of an impact we render in our community.

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Sidi Limehouse is inviting us to glean this weekend. We need your help to pick some produce. The more hands on the deck, the quicker we can glean the fields before the peak sun. I’m not sure what he has in store for us. Be sure to pack a hat, and lots of ice water. If anyone is interested in making a delivery I can coordinate some drop-offs for agencies that are unable to pick up.

Here are directions to Rosebank Farms.

At the major interesection, on Maybank Hwy and Main St, take a left. Main St will soon turn into Bohicket. Bohicket runs into Betsy Kerrison Parkway. It’s past the hardward stores and some of the shops, on the left. If you pass it you can turn at the next median.

Please email christina [at] fieldstofamilies [dot] org, if you’re able to attend. Thanks for your commitment to service.

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