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40,000 Show Up for Free Food at Colorado Farm

Monday, November 24, 2008
PLATTEVILLE, Colo. — A 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.


Joe and Chris Miller's fields were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of gleaning, the ancient practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields, was canceled Sunday.


"Overwhelmed is putting it mildly," Chris Miller said. "People obviously need food."


The Millers had expected 5,000 to 10,000 people to show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots, and leeks. Instead, an estimated 11,000 vehicles snaked around cornfields and backed up more than 2 miles. About 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.


Some people parked their cars along two nearby highways to take to the field with sacks, wagons, and barrels.


"Everybody is so depressed about the economy," said Sandra Justice of Greeley, who works at a technology company. "This was a pure party. Everybody having a a great time getting something for free."


Justice and her mother and son picked 10 bags of vegetables.


The Millers said they opened the farm to the free public harvest for the first time this year after hearing reports that food had been stolen from churches. It was meant as a thank you for customers.


In previous years, the Millers allowed schoolchildren and some church groups to come to the farm during the fall to harvest their own food, said farm operations manager Dave Patterson.


About 600,000 pounds of produce were harvested Saturday, Patterson estimaed.


Weld County sheriff's deputies helped direct traffic, and the Colorado State Patrol issued citations for cars illegally parked on the side of the road.

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  • very cool of him

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  • where's Woody Guthrie?

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  • Those numbers are so fucking exagerated and to top it all off people hungry and going for carrots and potatos? Give me a fucking break. That guy is making it out like its the end of the world. A majority of them looked like Mexicans anyways. If its not tomatoes its potatos.

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    • your ate up

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    • I dont blame you. Farming will hopefully make a big comeback and people living off the land again. The bad thing is, that so much land now has walmarts and shopping centers on it.
      Nothing wrong with what you are doing at all. I am just pissed about him saying 40K people. NO WAY NO HOW.

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    • What?! Shit I was laughing because that was the first time I've seen a white person out in a field picking anything.

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  • when you think compassion for one another is gone and all thats left is selfish people someone surprises you.this man will wear some jewels

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    • Maybe you should investigate how much US Corporations donate to The United Way and other meaningful charities before you make such a statement.

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    • When a large corp. makes a donation to charity it's for two reason's.Publicity is no.1,and the other is to get a tax write off,any donation given is calculated to the penny,so as to not have an effect on the bottom line,which is PROFIT.So ultimately it is really the tax payer's who are making the donation.

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    • UNITED WAY..HAHAHAHAHAH What a fucking joke.
      Have you read about how much of your dollar actually goes to help people out? UNITED WAY is one of the biggest false charities on the face of the earth. I know that because I used to give $20 a week out of my paycheck to them for 3 years until I found out how much of each dollar goes to their "administrative expenses". There are good charities out there..just not the United Way.

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    • Great point - Increased profits will equate to more donations. That is a GOOD thing not bad. Only 40% of US citezens pay income taxes and can benefit from donations by having decreased tax liability. Your argument is rational however, if you take this reasoning to the extream . . .

      If tax breaks for private and corp donations are entirely eliminated donations would drop significantly. Then the government would be compelled to make up the difference with our tax dollars. The issue I believe is More..

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  • That is great, really nice of him. People are needing food, even the middle class.

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    • Agreed, and it's just going to get worse, as unemployment and the economic situation gets deeper.
      Hang on to your hats, the ride has just started!

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  • This happened in the US ?

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    • Yea no food problem there, people drive out to pick veg. for no reason.

      You get quite angry when you find that the US gov. morons are running a two front war on a credit card. Looks like they destroyed their own currency on purpose.

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  • Is that a good thing? alright if you have a car, bloody do-gooders.

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    • this is not the UK man, the rural US has vast expanses of land, almost everyone has a car, poor or not. Also, bless this man for his good will!

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    • Sometimes it feels like their are more cars than people.

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    • You are right about the vast expanses of land just in my back yard alone the land goes back over 600 ft. Nothing but trees, birds, deer, and cayotes. No houses or people to be seen. Great place to ride our four wheeler ATV out there and I am just renting the house.
      We even have huge camp fires just for the fun of it. Got to keep up my carbon foot print

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  • AMEN BROTHER

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  • Hrmm Maybe ICE could do this to round up illegals next time.

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  • God damn that's awesome

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  • That is absolutely what this country needs more of. Especially when more and more farms are starting to be run by greedy corporations. Need less greed in this nation.

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  • I am move for his generosity.....and yes ...like some of you say...greedy corporation and contractor should learn from him

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  • on the sad point as he say ...many families appear out of necesity ...and some of them found a TICKET from th fcking police for bad parking....some people have no heart

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  • HE IS SPREAING THE WEALTH!!!

    REPUBLICANS MUST HATE THIS!

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  • Lovely

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  • We have got some really hungry Americans.

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  • that's outstanding, even if there was no money to be made in the extras

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