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AG Kawamura and his gleaning team WOW!!!

Posted on 30 May 2012 by robertflournoy

I believe with many volunteers we can do the same as he did in this video…AMAZING!!!


Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2003 to 2010.

Posted on 20 May 2012 by robertflournoy

Partnering with A.G Kawamura to help stomp out hunger through gleaning projects…

A.G. and Matthew Kawamura are third generation growers and shippers of fresh produce who farm along and within the urban boundaries of Orange County, California. Their company, Orange County Produce, LLC engages in year around production and marketing of fruits and vegetables. They have also worked creatively to resolve hunger and nutrition problems in their community and to educate the public about the art and science of farming and the challenges facing our food systems.

A.G. and Matt’s grandparents came to California from Japan around the turn of the century and became involved in agriculture, doing everything from picking and packing oranges to sharecropping before starting a small fertilizer and farm supply company. During WWII, their families were relocated to an internment camp in Arizona. They remained there after the war for a short time and began the Western Marketing Company, growing and shipping fresh produce – lettuce, cabbage, celery and cantaloupes. By the end of the fifties Western Marketing Company had operations in three regions: Glendale, Arizona; San Diego, Ca. and Compton, Ca.

It was their father who decided to consolidate the operations and bring the family to Orange County in 1958. At that time, Orange County was still a very rural community where farmers grew oranges, walnuts, tomatoes, lima beans, asparagus, some strawberries and other vegetable and horticulture crops. By the end of the 1970’s, as Orange County became increasingly urbanized, many of the growers had sold their land and moved on. High costs of production and skyrocketing real estate prices made it financially prohibitive to grow many of the traditional crops in a competitive market. Those growers that remained were leasing most of their land from large landowners (The Irvine Company, Baker and O’Neal Ranches) and from the various military bases around the county. The main fresh produce crops that have survived are strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green beans.

Many people originally moved to Orange County because of its rural character. For the Kawamura family the goal is still the same. In 1994, they changed their company name to Orange County Produce because of their belief that Orange County still wants to participate in its agricultural heritage. They believe in a “food shed” where the local production of fruits and vegetables is a viable and important part of what the residents of the county want and need. Domestic food security is more than a national movement…It is the common sense philosophy that food produced and consumed locally has multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment. They are proud that their 53 years of farming activities in OC reflect and embrace their understanding of sustainability and community. It is their goal and vision to continue to be a primary source of nutritious, seasonal produce for the residents of Southern California.


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Directions and Information for 6/9/12 gleaning project for the Community..

Posted on 25 May 2012 by robertflournoy

We will be gleaning Green Beans on The Original Manassero Farm located on Irvine Valley College

Campus behind the PAC building.

 

ADDRESS …Irvine Valley College

                            5500 Irvine Center Drive                                  TIME:9:am-11:am

                            Irvine  Ca, 92618

 

DIRECTIONS…405 S. Exit Jeffrey and turn (left)/Go straight until you get to Irvine Center Drive

Turn Right and go to the first light (College)/Turn right on to the campus and follow

the road pass the cross walk and make the U turn

After you make the U turn, turn right just pass the cross walk and follow the road

straight to the perimiter road just pass the stop

Turn right and go straight to the stop

continue to straight to the parking lot which is.parking lot (8)

Go left all the way to the end and park by the Campus Police office

Which will have flags by the Building

 

DIRECTIONS…5 North exit Jeffrey and go left to Irvine Center Drive

Turn left and  go to the first light (College)/Turn right on to the campus and follow

the road pass the cross walk and make the U turn

After you make the U turn, turn right just pass the cross walk and follow the road

straight to the perimiter road just pass the stop

Turn right and go straight to the stop

continue to go straight to the parking lot which is parking lot (8)

Go left all the way to the end and park by the Campus Police office

Which will have flags by the Building

 

DIRECTIONS…5 South Exit Jeffrey and follow the road to the Jeffrey Light

Turn left and go to Irvine Center Drive

Turn left and  go to the first light (College)/Turn right on to the campus and follow

the road pass the cross walk and make the U turn

After you make the U turn, turn right just pass the cross walk and follow the road

straight to the perimiter road just pass the stop

Turn right and go straight to the stop

continue to go straight to the parking lot which is parking lot (8)

Go left all the way to the end and park by the Campus Police office

Which will have flags by the Building

 

Clothes to wear…  Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes,long shirts,hats,gloves and pants

to protect themselves.

                   

Tools…No tools required the Green Beans can be picked by hand.

Volunteers can bring bags to put Beans in as they glean.

Bring Water

 

Waiver…Every one must sign a waiver before they can enter the Farmers Field

See (Attached)

 

Transportation…Organizations coming to glean must have their own transportation to take

back their gleaned produce.

Organizations must bring crates or bags to put beans in.

It is a good idea to line your crates with bags.

Organizations can park their transport vehicle next to the field but volunteers have

to park in Lot (8)

 

 

 

 Gleaning Sign…Every car and  truck must have the gleaning sign on their dash board…Campus

Police will be checking for them.

See (Attached)

 

Chosen Food Pantry…Volunteers not gleaning for any specific organization will be supporting

Vineyard Community Church Food Bank in Anaheim Hills who serves

3,000 people or 600 families per month.

 

Additional Info…Any other info will be presented at the site.

 

Trust Link Account from BBB…

https://www.trustlink.org/Reviews/Loaves-and-Fishes-X10-206528857

 

One of our last years gleaning projects on Manassero

 

Talking with Dan Manassero of The Original Manassero Farms

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THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED VALLEY HIGH INC.CULINARY ARTS & HOSPITALITY ACADEMY

Posted on 24 May 2012 by robertflournoy

On March 8, twelve teams of culinary students from Santa Ana Valley High School’s High School Inc. Culinary Arts & Hospitality Academy will compete to create a healthy, great-tasting school meal on a tight budget, with many of the constraints faced in real school food service. The students have been preparing, testing, and refining their menus over the last few weeks, working with local professional chef mentors.Each team will present their meal to a panel of judges who will rate the student creations on taste, use of ingredients, and presentation. The winning team will continue to the national finals inWashington, DC on May 21. Following the judging portion, an evening celebration will take place at Northgate Gonzalez Markets corporate headquarters in Anaheim from 6:00-9:00 PM.

 

That’s how it started and this is how it finished

P R E S S     R E L E A S E                                          May 22, 2012                                   

                                                                                                                                                            CONTACT:  Sharon Gomez, Program Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  High School Inc. Academies,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (714) 541-5353 x118 / Sgomez@SantaAnaChamber.com

 

 

Three High School Inc. Students Win at National Culinary Competition

High School Inc., workforce development students put skills to the test.

Ashley Blanco, Alejandro Hernandez and Ivan Lopez, senior Culinary Arts and Hospitality students in the High School Inc. Academies at Valley High School, were first-place winners in a recent competition in Washington, D.C.  The team cooked a healthy meal that teens across American have indicated they would like to eat at their school cafeteria.  This was part of a national organization that promotes healthy eating in schools to lower childhood obesity that is prevalent in the poor neighborhoods of Santa Ana and others across the nation.  The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce began its High School Inc. program five years ago in an effort to build a stronger economic base by empowering youth to train for careers before they graduate from high school.  Among the people to help make this change for the academy students is,Natalie Vishny, President of Swellegant, a wedding and event planning company and Andres Batta, Allstate Financial Services Representative, Co Champions/Committee Chairs who have fostered career development, mentorship, and hands-on education. Others coaches, are Vince Kikugawa, Owner, Paradise Restaurant/Crowne Plaza Hotel; Patty Saldivar, Owner, Teresa’s Jewelers; Chef Anais Trudel, So Cal Farmers Market/Mix Mart;Rett LeMoult, retired, Morgan Stanley Citi Smith Barney; Jesse Baker, President, CoEfficiency Organization; Natalie Tong, California Restaurant Association Foundation;Sharon Barlow, Owner, Sharon & Sons Floor to Ceiling;  Robert Flournoy, Loves and Fishes Organization,  and Tyler Endres, Chef’s Toys.

 

Local business partners and chefs affiliated with the Culinary Academy worked in the

classroom with ten teams of students preparing for an Orange County competition held in March at the Northgate Gonzalez Markets corporate headquarters.  Judges from celebrity television shows, restaurateurs, and community leaders were recruited to select the winning team to go to Washington D.C.   That team—Ashley, Ivan and Alex—became mentees of Fit Chef Katy, a food and lifestyle coach from The Food Network.  She worked with the students in culinary class, after school and on weekends to prepare for the national competition. 

 

Monica Aguilar, culinary arts instructor at Valley High and business partner with High School Inc., provided an instrumental role in the overall

 

development of the students’ customer service skills and program support.  While in Washington D.C. as winners, the team and instructor Aguilar attended

 

a special briefing with Arne Duncan, Secretary of the Department of Education, and with members of the U.S. Congress to speak about their

 

experiences with food choices available to students in school cafeterias. The recipes for their meal will become a featured lunch that will be served in the

 

Longworth Cafeteria for Congressional leaders and their staffs.  The winning meal prepared by Ashley, Ivan, and Alex included lemon and spinach

 

chicken, Tuscan bean salad, and cinnamon poached pear.  ###

 

Sharon Gomez
Program Manager

2020 N. Broadway, Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA  92706

Phone             714-541-5353      ext. 118
Fax    714-541-2238

 

 

                                    


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Gleaning Green Beans Saturday 9th from 9:am to 11:am

Posted on 23 May 2012 by robertflournoy

Saturday June 9th is the date to set a side to help feed the Community through Farm Land gleaning.

We will be at Irvine Valley College gleaning on 6 acres of The Original Manassero Commercial Farm

Land. Come on out and be a part of what is happening in Orange County and help support the

low income families that are struggling to put food on their tables.

 

For waiver and more information you can contact us at… gleaningfarmland@gmail.com

Interview with Dan Manassero…

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Valley High School Culinary Arts Team Takes National Championship

Posted on 22 May 2012 by robertflournoy

 

L&F x10 is excited to see the High Shool the President graduated from become National

Champions….

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues of Valley High School:

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Valley High School’s Culinary Arts team has won the National Cooking Up Change competition in Washington, D.C.!!!  The team consisted of seniors Ashley Blanco, Alex Hernandez, and Ivan Lopez, so ably led by instructor Monica Aguilar.

 

Today they met with Arne Duncan, and tomorrow they will speak to Congress.

 

We are proud of these students and their teacher, and we appreciate the honor they bring to our school, our district, and our community!

 

Sincerely,

 

Patrick

 

Patrick D. Yrarrázaval-Correa (Mr. Patrick)

Principal

Santa Ana Valley High School

Home of the High School Inc. Academies

… where Falcons SOAR!!!

We are glad we were able to help support the class  through our Donations of Food. We could not have

been able to do it without our partners. We are looking forward to seeing what is next for this

class.

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Oranges Galore!!!

Posted on 20 May 2012 by robertflournoy

50 trees and 8 volunteers equals 650 lbs of Valencia Oranges that were Harvested today at

Irvine Valley College for the low income families in South County in Orange County.

 

Video with Saddleback Church Food Pantry volunteers…

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Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2003 to 2010.

Posted on 20 May 2012 by robertflournoy

Partnering with A.G Kawamura to help stomp out hunger through gleaning projects…

A.G. and Matthew Kawamura are third generation growers and shippers of fresh produce who farm along and within the urban boundaries of Orange County, California. Their company, Orange County Produce, LLC engages in year around production and marketing of fruits and vegetables. They have also worked creatively to resolve hunger and nutrition problems in their community and to educate the public about the art and science of farming and the challenges facing our food systems.

A.G. and Matt’s grandparents came to California from Japan around the turn of the century and became involved in agriculture, doing everything from picking and packing oranges to sharecropping before starting a small fertilizer and farm supply company. During WWII, their families were relocated to an internment camp in Arizona. They remained there after the war for a short time and began the Western Marketing Company, growing and shipping fresh produce – lettuce, cabbage, celery and cantaloupes. By the end of the fifties Western Marketing Company had operations in three regions: Glendale, Arizona; San Diego, Ca. and Compton, Ca.

It was their father who decided to consolidate the operations and bring the family to Orange County in 1958. At that time, Orange County was still a very rural community where farmers grew oranges, walnuts, tomatoes, lima beans, asparagus, some strawberries and other vegetable and horticulture crops. By the end of the 1970’s, as Orange County became increasingly urbanized, many of the growers had sold their land and moved on. High costs of production and skyrocketing real estate prices made it financially prohibitive to grow many of the traditional crops in a competitive market. Those growers that remained were leasing most of their land from large landowners (The Irvine Company, Baker and O’Neal Ranches) and from the various military bases around the county. The main fresh produce crops that have survived are strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green beans.

Many people originally moved to Orange County because of its rural character. For the Kawamura family the goal is still the same. In 1994, they changed their company name to Orange County Produce because of their belief that Orange County still wants to participate in its agricultural heritage. They believe in a “food shed” where the local production of fruits and vegetables is a viable and important part of what the residents of the county want and need. Domestic food security is more than a national movement…It is the common sense philosophy that food produced and consumed locally has multiple benefits for society, the economy and the environment. They are proud that their 53 years of farming activities in OC reflect and embrace their understanding of sustainability and community. It is their goal and vision to continue to be a primary source of nutritious, seasonal produce for the residents of Southern California.


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The president talking to Dan Manassero about his support of L&F x10

Posted on 19 May 2012 by robertflournoy

Dan Manassero of The Original Manassero Farms…

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.
During the years of working with my father and uncle I learned how to grow the most delectable, juicy, strawberries in Orange County. Our berries are picked every morning at the height of ripeness and hand delivered to our stands from one of our local fields.

I am proud to carry on the tradition of local, sustainable farming and providing our community with the very freshest produce.

I thank you for your business and support during these 35 years. It is my sincere hope that you will literally enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Dan Manassero ~ Founder
The Original Manassero Farms

 

Robert Flournoy and Dan Manasserro talking….

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We are working on more Farm Land for our gleaning projects/Manassero continues to Donate daily produce….

Posted on 18 May 2012 by robertflournoy

Dan Manassero fresh Squash is making a big hit with the Food Pantries.  They enjoy having the fresh

Squash compared to the one that comes from refrigerated trucks that have been on the free ways.

Manassero made a comment to the president…He said are you enjoying the Squash and the president

said yes he was and the Food pantries as well. Dan then said that the field that has the Squash is

producing a lot this Summer which means more for L&F x10 and more for the Community.

Ted Thacker of Thackerberry Farms is still supporting L&F x10 with Strawberries. We picked

up Donations earlier this week from his stand on Tustin and 17th in Santa Ana. Though the President

has not yet met Ted Thacker of Thackerberry llc. he is glad that  he has the heart to support

what we are doing in the Community.

We are praying and believing the doors will open in San Jocinto where there is Farm Land that

no one is gleaning. Our representatives are working hard to get our foot in the door. The goal and

vision of L&F x10 is glean Farm Land throughout California with teams from Orange County or

teams from the areas the Farms are in. ( Nothing is to hard for my God)

Produce was Donated today once again to the South West Community Center in Santa Ana where they

feed daily. This Organization feeds around 4,800 a month. Corn and Strawberries are welcomed

here at the Comunity Center. Last year L&F x10 Donated hundreds of Ears that Dan Manassero

Donated to L&F x10.

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Gleaning is on the way this Summer/Volunteers

Posted on 14 May 2012 by robertflournoy

With access to over 170 acres of produce in Irvine California we plan to have a busy Summer

with our gleaning projects. Organizations from around Orange County are gearing up to take part

in what will be an exciting time of Old Testament of gathering produce to help feed the Hungry

and poor in our Community.  President Robert Flournoy has already spoken to A.G Kawamura

of “Orange County Produce” and Dan Manassero of “The Original Manassero Farms” about what will

be coming up to glean. We will be gleaninhg Green Beans at the end of this month or the beginning of

next.  L&F x10 also has a meeting with “Circle K” a student volunteer group who is excited about

partnering with us.

Orange County Register….

http://www.ocregister.com/news/gleaning-348589-help-great.html

If you would like to take part and be a Blessing in the Community this Summer you can contact

the President at gleaningfarmland@gmail.com or 714-718-2930.

 

In other news…We have representatives talking to Farmers farther North about L&F x10

gleaning their Farm Land and we hope by the Grace of God the Doors will be open up there. Our

goal is to glean ourselves or develop a team down there.

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