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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 ba

Added: Nov-24-2008 
By: bellava
Tags: gleaning, food, crowd, free, food
Location: Platteville, Colorado, United States (load item map)
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