Gleaning is the harvesting of surplus crops from area farms to feed families through CROS Ministries. It’s a fun way to serve God together as a family or small group. Children are welcome but must be at least 5 years old. Kids aged 5 to 11 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. All COH gleaners are asked to meet at the church before each project to do a quick briefing on locale and the crop of the day and to form carpooling groups. To sign up yourself, your family, or your small group, click the link at the bottom of the page.
Gleaning dates for 2018:
(always Saturdays from 8:15am-12:30pm)
- January 20
- March 17
- May 19
- July 21
- September 15 (tentative)
- November 17 (tentative)
Helpful tips CROS Ministries has for all new and returning gleaners:
- It is often good to dress in layers. In the morning it is likely to be cold and damp, wearing a log sleeve shirt and long pants are recommended. As it gets warmer another layer of shorts and short sleeve shirt may be better.
- In cornfields and orchards, long sleeve shirts and pants are needed. Leaves from the corn stalks are sharp and can cut the skin. Mangoes are also a member of the poison ivy family, long sleeves and pants help protect against contact with the sap.
- It is recommended that all gleaners wear gloves and hats in the field, apply sunscreen and have bug spray handy in case insects are an issue.
- Bathroom facilities are unavailable in most gleaning fields; so we advise using the bathroom prior to coming to the field.
- A three to five gallon pail with a handle is an excellent container to carry through the field. Fill it and empty it into the packing box or bin.
If you are physically unable to participate but would like to help, you can donate some snacks for gleaners or offer to drive a carpool!