What does “gleaning the field” mean?

In agriculture…

gleaning means to gather what is left of a crop after its primary harvest. The bounty comes from “the field.”

In academia…

the field refers to the theoretical landscape of a given discipline. As a knowledge-producing community, academia draws lessons from empirical evidence, ongoing research, and the pursuit of new understanding.

Established in 2016 as a repository for ideas, this site curates lessons garnered my own practice as a garden educator and findings from my own research and decade of experience tending and cultivating gardens. The name, Gleaning the Field, is an homage to the twin disciplines whose confluence inspired me to investigate how school gardens grow in my local community.

Share your practices.

Gleaning the Field invites guest authors to share their perspectives on garden-based learning. Email Carrie at schoolgardensforlearning@gmail.com to learn more.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Gordy says:

    Beautiful website. Beautiful work you are doing. So proud to say that you were my colleague!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I learned so much from you and so many others about the value of service. You encouraged me to make gardening part of what I would do for the long haul. I’m currently working on a grant that integrates literature into cooking and gardening instruction, so I get to marry all my passions.


  2. Cindy Friday says:

    I’m teaching a gardening elective again. Looking forward to your posts!

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