Gleaning is a process, dating to biblical times, in which leftover crops are collected or harvested after the farmer has commercially harvested a field or orchard. And Wikipedia notes that “In Nineteenth century England gleaning was a legal right for cottagers. In a small village the sexton would often ring a church bell at eight o’clock in the morning and again at seven in the evening to tell the gleaners when to begin and end work.”
Interested concept, eh, Greenhorns?
Here are some resources for gleaning America’s fields: