Last week I took part in some gleaning action (actually authorized by the farmer).

The harvesting machinery was still in the field so we got to look how it works.

The machine that first passes chops off the tops, and the next machine pulls them out the ground.

... but it chops off quite a lot off the top that is discarded in the field.

The photo attached shows the worst case I found, others were less bad, but overall a huge amount of edible carrot was still attached to the green bit.

@nicksellen @nicksellen I pulled up carrots by hand for a couple of hours last week. The soil was loose enough, I generally got the whole carrot and didn't loose tips or tops. It was not difficult work. Now: what to do with the 55 carrots that are still left?


@CaitlinWaddick it's a wonder these carrot things, they just grow right there in the ground!

I find this other kind of industrial food production so alienating, would it really be so hard for people to harvest their own carrots from small scale local agriculture projects?

Would keep people active and perhaps socially engaged. This carrot gleaning, even though the landscape was quite barren, gave a big boost to my mood.

... but so hard to compete with this kind of scale ...

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