Pam Miller made this observation as a comment to my last post: “My only concern is the many underutilized exiting trees that are on the island. I see a lot of fruit go to waste every year because it isn’t picked.”
I’m going to guess that most of the trees Pam is referring to are on private property. I will suggest that the reason they don’t get picked is because not enough interested gleaners know about these trees or the owners don’t invite others to pick them.
It would be great if we could inventory trees on the island that are available for gleaning. We could publicize this information and organize a gleaning crew. Last year when we got ready to press some cider we didn’t have apples. Had to use purchased apples to make the kids some juice. Granted, last year’s crop was pretty poor on the island but if there are trees that need picking I’m pretty sure we could find people to do the job just to help out or for a share of the crop.
Speaking of gleaners, there is a quirky documentary on Netflix instant play that I found to be very watchable and entertaining:
The Gleaners and I “Inspired by Jean-François Millet’s famous painting “Les Glaneuses,” filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet’s grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda’s no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.”