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Saturday 6/1/13 will be another exciting day to glean at The Great Park…

Posted on 28 May 2013 by robertflournoy

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What happens when you glean cabbage this Saturday at The Great Park on

 O.C Produce Farm Land? You help to feed the community.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE… All volunteers must be at the designated area no later

than 8:45 am, This will allow us to check waivers and then caravan to the 

designated area to glean. Volunteers that come after we have left to the area

we ask that they do not drive on the park looking for everybody. This will then

be a safety issue for L&F 10,The farmer and The Great Park. We also asked that

organization leaders and volunteers do not give directions to the site if they

are called on there phone by late participators. Accidents and injuries are our

number one concern. 

 

 

Hours Of Gleaning (9:am to 11:am)

 

Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

 

The president will be waiting with his White Ford van at the designated area.

 

What needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… http://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

                  Organizations responsibility

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer harvested produce back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,gaylords etc If you don’t have any we will try and get you some

 you can borrow but must be returned before the next harvesting. 

 

NOTE… All organizations must give L&F x10 the weight count and list of produce you 

                   received Saturday. This will be  required every time there is a harvest or gleaning

                   project.

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Thank you and see you Saturday.

 

Saturday 5/25/13 gleaning…

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 Volunteers leaving…

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A.G. Kawamura

Busy and productive day on both farms this weekend…

Posted on 27 May 2013 by robertflournoy

Saturday was  a great day for gleaning cabbage on the farm in Irvine. AG Kawamura spoke to

the volunteers about the farm on The Great Park and what his goals are for the farm. Not many

of the volunteers had ever met AG Kawamura owner of Orange County Produce before until

Saturday….

A.G. Kawamura

AG Kawamura…

California Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2003 to 2010. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County. He is the co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a UN Foundation funded project that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems. He is a national steering committee member of  25 x ‘25, arenewable energy coalition of farm, forest, conservation and environmental leaders focused on the multiple benefits and contributions that can be delivered from the agricultural and rural     sectors of America. He participates as a member of the Native Pollinators Advisory Committee.

As a progressive urban farmer, Mr. Kawamura has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern California. He has stayed actively involved in policy areas of education, hunger and nutrition, and recently was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Governors to the California State UniversityFoundation, and as a board member of the Delta Vision Foundation.  Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is currently engaged in building an exciting, interactive urban agricultural exhibit at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Photo: Todays volunteers from Giving Children Hope, Saddleback Church Food Pantry, New Beginnings Community Church and the Community

Volunteers came out and did a great job gleaning cabbage for the organizations they came

out to support. With close to 40 combined from Saddleback Church Food Pantry,Giving

Children Hope and the community volunteers were able to go through the fields

and reap a harvest of produce like locus in a field…

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Giving Children Hope as always came out  and did a great job of gleaning…

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Dan manassero

Dan Manassero…

About Us

I am proud to be part of a third generation farming family in Orange County. My grandfather, James Manassero, came to Orange County via Italy and began farming here in 1922.

During high school and college I started working for my father Steve Manassero Sr. and my uncle Emille Boisseranc Jr. At that time they were farming under the name Boisseranc-Manassero.

In 1976 my brother, Steve, and I started farming under the name Manassero Farms. Although my brother went out on his own years ago, I am happy to be celebrating 35 years in business and farming under the name – The Original Manassero Farms.

 

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The day had just started and we still had to go to “The Original Manassero Farms”

to donate cucumbers to “Heart Of Compassion who came down fro L.A to pick

them up. Heart Of Compassion who served over 500,000 people last year will

make a trip down to the farm to be blessed by the fresh cucumbers Manassero

donates to L&F x10. We also had cabbage that was gleaned ready for them

as well…

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Heart Of Compassion received 6,140 lbs of farm fresh produce donated to L&F x10...

 

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Finally finished the cabbage on the Valor Field at the Great Park…

Posted on 09 May 2013 by robertflournoy

during the week the president finish harvesting the cabbage that was left

for L&F x10 by AG Kawamura owner of Orange County Produce. Two Gaylords

was filled and taken back to Giving Children Hope Warehouse in Buena Park where it will

be weighed and then put in back packs for the kids they serve.

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We thank G.C.H for there commitment to serving the community and also for there support

on the fields. We cant do what we do unless we have the orgs come out and receive the

Blessings.

 

ON ANOTHER NOTE…

Dan Manssero and the president will be talking about hunger this Friday at Irvine Valley

College. They have been asked to be on a committee to discuss hunger issues.

 

2-Part Sustainability Film Series & Discussion Panel

Irvine Valley College Sustainability & Resource Management

Weekly Event – Every Friday: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Irvine, CA

 

Event Details

Join us this Friday at Irvine Valley College for the second movie in our 2-Part Sustainablity Film Series with a panel discussion to follow the film!

 

2-Part Film Series & Panel Discussion (with local experts)

 

Dive!

Every year in America, we throw away 96 billion pounds of food.  That’s 263 million pounds a day.  11 million pounds an hour.  3,000 pounds a second.  This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert as he salvages thousands of dollars worth of perfectly good food from the behind Los Angeles’ supermarkets.  The resulting, eye-opening documentary is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and a call to action. 

When:  Friday, May 10th at 7:00 pm

Where: Business Science Technology & Innovation Center (BSTIC), Room 104

IVC Campus Map NOTE: $2.00 Parking Fee

                  Parking and Room Location Map

 

This event is hosted by the Sustainability & Resource Management Program with funding provided by aPerkins Grant.

 

The Irvine Valley College

Sustainability & Resource Management Program

presents

 

Part 2 of a Film Series with a Panel Discussion

 

Business, government, and community experts join us to share a local perspective.

 

Film:     Dive!When:   May 10, 7:00 pmWhere: Irvine Valley CollegeRoom: BSTIC 1045500 Irvine Center DriveIrvine, CA 92618 

Panel:   Danielle Aslam, CalRecycle

Robert Flournoy, Loaves & Fishes

Dan Manassero, Manassero Farms

 

Register for FREE Admission: http://ivczerowaste.eventbrite.com

 

Parking: IVC day use parking permits cost $2.00 and can be purchased at a drive-thru permit dispenser adjacent to most parking lots.

 

Directions: Click here for help finding the room.

 

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Saturday 21st Harvest and gleaning on Orange County Produce Farm Land

Posted on 23 April 2012 by robertflournoy

The morning started off with phone calls from volunteers wanting to participate in the Harvest and

gleaning on Orange County Produce Farm Land Saturday. It was warm and clear not like last week

when we thought we going to have to cancel the event. We had new volunteers come out this time

and they were dressed and ready to get in the fields.

Broccoli was one of the vegetable that was ready for the Harvest. There was so much out there Saddleback

Church volunteers filled around 10 crates or more. Saddleback Church Food Pantry serves around 3,500

people per month  and fresh Broccoli would be a Blessing to the people. We then bagan to glean

the rest of the Cabbage we didn’t get the weekend before because we Harvested for 2 hours.

The president knowing that he had  another opportunity to glean the Cabbage invited a Food Bank

from  Santa Ana to come out with a truck to take it back  to the people they serve. Volunteers

from Saddleback Church and others helped to support the Food Bank by gleaning 3 bins of Cabbage

for them.  This Food Bank serves 48 Churches and the community around them even the president

of L&F x10 decided to get involved and glean Cabbage.

We ended the day grateful and thankful once again for the Blessing the Lord has given the ministry.

Leviticus 23:22

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.’”

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable 

Video of the President…

 

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Talking to A.G Kawamura about L&F x10 Harvesting cabbage on his Farm

Posted on 15 April 2012 by robertflournoy

We had some concern this week about being able to Harvest the 5 acres of Orange County Produce cabage

on Saturday because of the rain but the Lord gave us a Sunny day. Volunteers began to show up

at  around 11:45 am at The Great Park so that we can go over Orientation and also caravan to the

field which was a mile away.

A.G Kawamura (Owner of Orange County Produce) introduced himself and spoke about the park and

also talked about the tools needed to cut the cabbage. He also spoke about how he felt about these

volunteers coming out and Harvesting the cabbage. You could feel the anticipation from everyone

wanting to get to the cabbage and began to Harvest for the community.

We had about 60 volunteers come out today and Harvest over 8,000 lbs in less than two hours. Saddleback

Food Pantry Harvested around 2.5 tons of cabbage to serve the community in there area

Other Churches like”New Beginnings Community Church did an amazing job of Harvesting 5 pallets

with the assistance of a few volunteers from other Churches (Sorry I cant remember all there names

or Churches they affiliate with but I do remember two people…Cherryl Watson from Santa Ana Chamber of

Commerce and Courtney Thayer. Thank you both for coming out to support the community you helped

to feed 16,000 people today.

 

We finished the day with pictures,videos and a segment with A.G Kawamura and the President

of Loaves And Fishes x1o talking about the Community...Sorry for the low volume

 

 

Orange County Produce gleaning pictures…

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