It’s as old as agriculture, though not everyone is aware that it’s still happening today. Gleaning is the act of harvesting surplus produce, like collecting “seconds” after the initial harvest, for needy members of the community. Local organization Farm to Pantry uses this method to offer fresh, healthy food to hungry families in Sonoma County, and this week they present award-winning documentary, ‘The Gleaners and I.’
French filmmaker Agnès Varda takes the title from the 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet depicting women in a field collecting kernels in a harvested field. The film explores gleaning as an expression of community and sustainability, and the event benefits Farm to Pantry. The Gleaners and I screens on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at SHED, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 6pm. By donation. 707.431.7433.