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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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On behalf of Fields to Families, we are so fortunate to have some of the best, hardworking volunteers in the Lowcountry. Among those that glean and are recipients for their community is Take It To The Streets Ministry. One thing that I have learned about gleaning is how to be flexible. Many of our volunteers let me know when they are available, but we have to keep in mind that the farmers are making the most of their opportunities to sell what they have. Usually in the 11th hour we receive a phone call or an invitation to glean.

This was the case last week, when Walter Earley from Hickory Bluff Nursery and Berry Farm made his strawberries available to Fields to Families. However, I am convinced it was Divine Intervention, I had a chance meeting with Take It To The Streets at the Blackbaud Volunteer Fair. I connected them with a fast-approaching glean date and they were able to meet the needs for their own community, while pairing us with a Georgia mission group.

Connor and Jesse are tremendous leaders for TI2TS and among the families they serve and touch on a daily basis. You have to visit their blog because it’s truly a touching story. Everything fell into place and much of the work was accomplished before the rain. You can not always plan for the best of situations, but must always be flexible with what you have got. The first day back from Memorial Day weekend was a huge feat to overcome, but with TI2TS it went off without a hitch!

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Strawberry Picking

Walter Earley of Hickory Bluff Nursery and Berry Farm is inviting us to glean strawberries on Tuesday morning. We need volunteers to help pick and deliver these berries. If you have not gleaned before please fill out a waiver here. Children, under 18, have a separate waiver to be completed.

For those that are able to attend, please drop me an email: christina@fieldstofamilies.org. I need someone to donate to designated agencies afterwards and will supply directions, as well as a primary contact.

Pack a hat, spray on the sunscreen/bug spray, and if you happen to swing by the grocery store, then collect any shallow boxes to transport the berries. I would suggest a box that isn’t too deep. Pineapple, snow peas, and berry boxes are the best size for strawberries without getting them smushed.

Thanks Charleston for all of the support and manpower to keep the Lowcountry nourished with fresh produce! A map to Holly Hill and Hickory Bluff.

If it’s your first time gleaning strawberries, as a courtesy the farmers ask that you remove any of the bad berries from the plant. Also, when you’re picking and the berry juices in your hands then it’s too ripe you can just dispose of those as well. Walter will explain any particular protocol for their farm when you arrive. ***Please track your (roundtrip) mileage and time + travel donated for our reports and tax purposes, thank you!

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Katie Stagliano poses with the cabbage she grew to help feed more than 275 people at a local soup kitchen.

Katie Stagliano poses with the cabbage she grew to help feed more than 275 people at a local soup kitchen. Click on the photo to see more!

Ten-year-old Summerville resident Katie Stagliano has a dream: make sure no children go to bed hungry.

Katie’s dream developed after she helped feed more than 275 people last year at a local soup kitchen and shelter, Tricounty Family Ministries in North Charleston. How did she do it?

Katie received a cabbage seed in her classroom and planted it in her family’s home garden. It was then she learned about the power of a tiny seedling…


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Last night, I saw a story on Count on News 2 about a local food bank and community outreach center, East Cooper Community Outreach, and its troubles supplying food to hungry people in our area. ECCO is struggling because donations are low and because more and more people are walking through their doors every day looking for help.

Fields to Families works closely with East Cooper Community Outreach; we supply them with fruits and vegetables that our volunteers harvest from local farms. But lately, due to the fact that we are between growing seasons, we haven’t been able to supply them with as much produce as we would like to.

It got me thinking…since Fields to Families can’t help by supplying produce, how else can we help? This is the first step I am taking on behalf of Fields to Families — urging people to help out.


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