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Groups Work with Farms to Squeeze More Out of Fields

Phil Gurley

By Adam Federman

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link’s “glean team” coordinator, Mary Bilecki, says the organization received a gift of 1,000 pounds of fresh corn this summer from a couple of farms in Wells. More recently she’s gotten hundreds of pounds of butternut squash from a Rutland farm, most of it blemished or oddly shaped and therefore not considered up to snuff for the market.

It’s both a gift and a curse: Bilecki has to figure out how to distribute or process these large donations. In the case of the corn, Bilecki gave more than half of it to a new program run by the Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland that provides families with fresh local food. The rest she processed for more