Gleaners Descend on Colorado Farm

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (AP) - People who've studied their Bible or
who paid attention during Sunday school are familiar with gleaning.

That's the ancient practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields.

One Colorado farm couple got a huge surprise when they opened their fields to anyone who wanted to pick up free vegetables left over after the harvest -- 40,000 people showed up.

On Saturday, the fields were picked so clean that a second day of gleaning was canceled yesterday.

Joe and Chris Miller say they opened the farm to the free public harvest for the first time this year after hearing reports of food being stolen from churches.

Their farm operations manager says that in previous years the Millers allowed school children and some church groups to come to the farm during the fall to harvest their own food.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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