Watermelons are fruit of Beehives' gleaning labors

NORTH OGDEN, Utah — A mountain of watermelons dwarfed Beehives, young women ages 12-13, who helped gather them from farmers' fields as a service project on two Saturdays in September. They and other volunteers picked more than a thousand watermelons.

For the second year, Beehives of the North Ogden 14th Ward, North Ogden Utah East Stake, helped gather produce for Share the Harvest, a volunteer, non-profit, non-denominational program. It has provided surplus produce and food to those less fortunate in the Ogden area for the past 23 years. Farmers and home gardeners throughout Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties donate surplus crops toward the effort.

This year, the Beehives helped with gathering watermelons, tomatoes and peppers. The hours spent on the service project count toward their Young Women Personal Progress requirements.

The Beehives and other volunteers glean fields after the crops have been picked for the commercial market. The produce is gathered to a central location where it is sorted and bagged. The food is then taken to four locations in Ogden for distribution to those in need. Last year, more than 8,000 people received food from Share the Harvest.

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