Maddie Wichman is coordinating gleaning efforts in the San Diego area and in this interview, she explains how gleaning does really benefit all involved. She is an Administrative Specialist at UCSD School of Medicine, an Innerwise® coach and mentor and a Feeding America Food Sourcing Department Volunteer. Her quest is to feed the hungry in our country, more specifically in San Diego. However, the organization, Feeding America, she volunteers her time with, operates Nation wide and it is easy to get involved.
Any gardener with an excess of any kind of fruit or vegetable can call the gleaning crews and they will take care of everything. A tall tree – no problem, they come with ladders. Now, there might be a concern of somebody getting hurt. Again, no problem. Feeding America carries insurance, waivers are signed and the homeowner does not have to worry about a thing. The gleaning crew will even leave some of the harvest ready to eat. But that is not all. Besides feeling good that many can still their hunger with the garden’s harvest, the gift of food is considered a donation and a receipt for a tax deduction is part of the deal.
A garden full of fallen fruit can attract all kinds of critters most people don’t want to see in their yards. Often, neighbors complain about that person on the block who does not harvest and rodents have a feast and take over the hood. Not anymore with the help of the volunteer force of Feeding America. They come with trucks and scales to weigh the produce and will make sure that none of the fresh product will go to waste. Participants can even decide which organization will receive their harvest.
Even farms big and small can call in the gleaners. Often, for example tomatoes, are still producing, but not enough to make it worth the while to pay an employee to pick. But the volunteer crews are only too happy to pick all that is left. They, by the way, get to take some food home as well.
Innerwise® coach and mentor
Maddie also works with healing modalities and many people consider food a form of energy and certainly a healing modality. However, the healing work she does is not related to produce. Here is what Maddie has to say about Innerwise:
“ Innerwise® is an understanding of the underlying energetic patterns and fields in the lives of humans, animals, systems and environments, it shows the easiest ways to change them to maximize harmonic flow.
I am an instrument for energetic healing. Innerwise® is a significant piece of what I do. However, I integrate many healing modalities for optimal results for each client. I will work with any individual who is willing to change their life (you must be prepared to examine your compromises and change them) this is the work necessary to heal and create flow.
I work with animals, environments and systems, special projects and relationships.”