Nope, that is not a typo. Urban gleaning is making a comeback, and Chesnut’s Ecology Club is joining the movement. Traditionally, gleaning meant foraging for leftover crop after the farmer had already commercially harvested it. In this case, we are making sure the bounty on Chesnut Charter Elementary School’s front lawn does not go to waste.
Last weekend at Clean & Beautiful, Ecology Club families scoured the ground underneath the school’s front lawn chestnut tree, collecting about 50 unopened burrs and fallen chestnuts. The children worked together, using bbq tongs and heavy duty gloves. Chesnut Changer parent and Boy Scout leader Kevin Trammell took the bounty for roasting at an upcoming camping trip.
At $5 a pound or more, these nuts are fallen treasure! They are also amazing sources of Vitamin C, providing more than 70% of the daily recommended amount in one cup.
When Ecology Club meets next Thursday, we’ll continue gathering these nutritious seeds. Stay tuned for details on a plan in the works to host a tasting, and donate extras to our neighborhood food pantry.