An Acre of blessing

Last week, we looked at some possibilities how we can be a part of solving hunger in our neighborhoods. One of the ideas was to ask farmers to donate the use of their land to grow produce for the pantries. On my Blog last week, I also wrote the possibility of receiving corn from a farmer.

Pastor Jesus and Bryce worked hard to provide corn for those in need
Pastor Jesus and Bryce worked hard to provide corn for those in need

Last Friday, my friend Bryce, Pastor Jesus and I harvested almost 1000 ears of corn from a friend of a friend.

It was a cool day, around 68 degrees but we were all sweating. I had to take a break a few times to cool off. Suddenly, I saw a family member of the farm owner eating a raw corn!

Fresh from corn stalk, I ate a raw corn. It was the best!
Fresh from corn stalk, I ate a raw corn. It was the best!

 

Out of curiosity, I tried one for the first time in my life! It was unbelievably good!

After savoring the freshest corn I ever had, I went back to harvesting corn.  I can’t imagine harvesting corn under the sun on a 90-degree day. I come to a new appreciation of the farmers who donate not only their produce but also who work hard to harvest produce for those in need.

After harvesting, we allocated them to 3 food pantries who in turn distributed the corn to their recipients the following morning. This is one of the advantages of grass roots movement – mobilization, flexibility and community. The participants are not dependent on one organization but are involved in serving together.

The corn season is not finished yet. So, if you want to implement one of the suggested ideas to help feed the hungry, start talking to your friends to find out who has corn fields or other produce plantations. An Acre of blessing is not just a concept, it is reality!

Fresh corn for 3 food pantries.
Fresh corn for 3 food pantries.

TIP of the Week: Similar to the donor I mentioned above, there many corn growers who are not able to harvest everything and hundreds or thousands of corn ears will be left on the field to rot. This means that you will be helping the corn field owners by harvesting their crops while you are providing food for those in need. If you are non profit organization, you can issue a tax-deductible donation receipt which would help the farmer save tax money next year!

God bless you!

Merlin

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