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February 23rd harvest/gleaning on Orange County Produce farm land…

Posted on 23 February 2013 by robertflournoy

We finally were able to finish picking/glean the fields on Orange County Produce farm land

at the Great Park. 25 volunteers came out and enjoyed the weather in Irvine while helping

to feed the community by cleaning the farmers field. We continued to glean the cabbage

we didn’t get the weekends before along with celery  today. AG Kawamura

owner of Orange County Produce who’s farm we harvest/gleaned (BIO)

A.G. Kawamura

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
“A.G. Kawamura is widely respected for his experience as a third-generation
grower and shipper. His depth of knowledge of California’s agricultural
industry will be vital to restoring the California dream.”
— Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed A.G. Kawamura as secretary of the
California Department of Food and Agriculture in November 2003. Secretary
Kawamura is a produce grower and shipper from Orange County, where his family grows strawberries,
green beans and other specialty crops. As an urban agriculturist, he has a lifetime of experience working
along and within the expanding urban boundaries of Southern California.
He began his agricultural career as a beekeeper, and was a roadside stand operator before entering into
his family business as a produce salesman for Western Marketing Company of California. In 1978, he
managed sales and exports for eight years before transitioning to the production side of the company. In
1996, Western Marketing Company became Orange County Produce, LLC, which he founded with his
brother, Matthew. He managed the company’s growing and harvesting operations.
Secretary Kawamura has a long history of public service to his community and to agriculture. At the time
of his appointment, he was a member of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he
had served since 1998. He is the immediate past chairman of the Agricultural Technical Advisory
Committee, a USDA advisory position for international trade.
In addition, Secretary Kawamura has served as president of the Orange County Farm Bureau, chairman
of Western Growers Association, and president of the Orange County Agricultural Association. He has
also served as a director on the boards of the California Strawberry Commission and the California Celery
Research Advisory Board. He was a founding trustee of Sage Hill High School in Orange County.
Secretary Kawamura is widely known for his passion for education and his commitment to the issues of
hunger and nutrition. As president of Orange County Harvest, a nonprofit promoting agricultural
partnerships with organizations combating hunger, he arranged for thousands of volunteers to harvest
and glean over a million pounds of produce for area food banks. His nationally recognized urban projects,
such as the 7-acre Common Ground project in San Juan Capistrano and 4-acre Incredible Edible Park in
Irvine, are agricultural paradigms linking nutritional education and interaction with local schools and food
Secretary Kawamura has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in and outside the
agricultural community. Highlights include:
• Pacific Pioneer Award: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 2004
• Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank: Humanitarians Against Hunger Award, 2000
• California Hunger Action Coalition: Hunger Fighter Award, 2000
• Sustainable Northwest: Founders of a New Northwest, 1999
• California Association of Nurserymen: Education Award, 1995-96
• California Junior Chamber of Commerce: Outstanding Young Californian, 1991
Secretary Kawamura has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley.


We will be out at the Great Park with a small crew Saturday 2nd to receive celery and then

in the next two weeks if all goes well lettuce. 


New Beginnings Community Church…

Photo: New New Beginnings Community Church


Group  Picture…




We’ve Got Your Back is a weekend nutrition program created by Giving Children Hope for students in the Orange County Unified School District who have been identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento act.


These children also take part in the free and reduced lunch program at their schools. For most of these children, the school cafeteria is their primary source of nutrition. Many return home on Friday to a household without food. This is where Giving Children Hope and the Orange County Unified School District partner together to alleviate hunger among our children in Orange County.

Giving Children Hope distributes backpacks weekly to elementary schools. There, a site coordinator distributes each backpack confidentially to every student in the program. This continues throughout the entire school year. The program is presented to the children as a Weekend Nutrition Club, instead of the “We’ve Got Your Back” program. Our first priority is to maintain and uphold the dignity and self-esteem of the children. Students in the weekend nutrition club will receive a weekly activity sheet that will pertain to nutrition. This activity sheet is returned every week in each backpack and is the students’ responsibility. Children who return their activity sheets will be rewarded. With the assistance of a school site coordinator from your school, the distribution of backpacks and the collection of empty ones can be facilitated in a simple and time efficient manner.


Saddleback Church volunteers…



Volunteer Pictures…









Video of today’s event…

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You are invited to participate in our Santa Ana Convoy Of Hope event October 5th…

Posted on 22 February 2013 by robertflournoy

You’re Invited to a 
Vision Casting Meeting

for the 2013



Attend one of the following meetings

Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 7pm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 10am


Graceland Community Baptist Church

1817 W. 3rd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Orange County businesses, churches and community organizations are being invited to partner together to sponsor a Convoy of Hope outreach on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in the city of Santa Ana.

This is a collaborative effort to provide thousands of struggling people in our community with the groceries, health services, job fairs, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, and games and activities for children. All free of charge to each guest.  The goal is to mobilize hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by churches, local businesses, community service agencies and individuals is crucial to the success of this event.  Through this collaborative effort we can do together what no one else could do alone.

Please share invite with others in your network

PLEASE RSVP BY March 15th    

714-788-8641 or santaanaconvoyofhope@gmail.com

Nellisa Lockley
Convoy Coordinator
Video of one of our meetings…

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Harvested produce for the last three weekends on Orange County Produce farm…

Posted on 20 February 2013 by robertflournoy

We are engaging war on hunger with the help of our partners A.G Kawamura of “Orange County

Produce” and Dan Manassero of “The Original Manassero Farms” . The produce count here is

from “Orange County Produce” farm at the Great Park. We will be there this coming Saturday

from 9:am to 11:am harvesting once again to do our part to help stomp out hunger.

With 20 volunteers per weekend we have been able to harvest….




Giving Children Hope… 1,282 lbs of Cabbage

                                              70 lbs of Broccoli

                                              20 lbs of Cauliflower


Orange County Rescue Mission… 400 lbs of Cabbage


South West Community Center… 300 lbs of Cabbage

                                                           90 lbs of Cauliflower

                                                           30 lbs of Broccoli


 Saddleback Church Food Pantry… 735 lbs of Broccoli

                                                              735 lbs of Cabbage



TOTAL… 3,662  





(Produce Count for 2/9/13 On Orange County Produce Farm)


Giving Children Hope… 540 lbs of cabbage

                                          220 lbs of Cauliflower

                                          10 lbs of Broccoli 


Santa Ana Food Bank… 300 lbs of Cabbage

                                          125 lbs of Cauliflower


Orange County Rescue Mission… 250 lbs of Cabbage


 First Baptist Church… 450 lbs of Cabbage 


Saddleback Church Food Pantry… 960 lbs of Cabbage, 490 lbs of Broccoli, 240 lbs Cauliflower


 Hands Of Mercy Encounter… 80 lbs of Cauliflower

                                                   25 lbs of Celery

                                                   10 lbs of Broccoli


 TOTAL… 3,700 lbs




Produce count for Saturday 2/2/13


Saddleback Church Food Pantry…300 lbs of Cabbage

                                                             300 lbs of Broccoli


 Giving Children Hope… 956-lbs of Cabbage

                                           289-lbs of Broccoli

                                           93-lbs of Cauliflower


First Baptist Church… 200-lbs of Cabbage

                                        100-lbs of Broccoli/Cauliflower total


Santa Ana Food Bank… 735 lbs of Cabbage

                                           375 lbs of Broccoli



 TOTAL… 3,348



TOTAL…10,710 lbs harvested in less than 5 hours at the Great park on Orange County 

Produce farm land.


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We will be finishing up the harvest at the Great Park Saturday 16th from 9:am to 11:am…

Posted on 11 February 2013 by robertflournoy

A.G Kawamura owner of Orange County Produce spoke to the president at the end of last weeks

harvest telling him Saturday 16th harvest will be also be a gleaning project. 

We will pick the rest of the 4 acre field clean of all the produce for Food Banks

 and Food Pantries. This has been very exciting  not just for L&F x10 but also for

all the groups that came out to participate to help feed the community and 

the people they serve. 


We want to thank the Great Park, A.G Kawamura and the Valor program for the

opportunity to come in with organizations to harvest the fresh produce for the low

income and poor in Orange County…



Orange County Produce…



Orange County Great Park…




On another note Dan Manassero owner of “The Original Manassero Farms” donated 28 Flats of 

Strawberries to low income families..


Donation of fresh Strawberries,Broccoli,Cabbage and Cauliflower was donated to the Ronald McDonald 

House in Orange…


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More Cabbage,Brocolli and Cauliflower…

Posted on 10 February 2013 by robertflournoy

Teams showed up this morning ready to harvest what we didn’t get last Saturday at the

Great Park in Irvine California. Giving Children Hope, Saddleback Church Food Pantry

First Baptist Church and a volunteer from Irvine Valley College Circle K Club all came

out and picked fresh produce from Orange County Produce farm land. Its always exciting

to see these groups come out and enjoy themselves as they put hard work in to help feed

our low income in our community…


A.G Kawamura giving an orientation…




Vets from the Valor program who grew the produce…



Saddleback Church Food Pantries volunteers…




Giving Children Hope volunteers…





Christine from First Baptist Church picking to cook for 100 homeless



Group Picture…


Everyone enjoyed the fresh air and the smell of the produce that was picked this morning. 

The atmosphere in the fields does something to you because you are literally picking the

produce that has been planted,grown and then harvested…


Orange County Produce pictures…



 Saturday 9th harvesting video…

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The harvest continues Saturday 9th at the Great Park harvesting Celery and Cabbage…

Posted on 08 February 2013 by robertflournoy

Last Saturday we harvested over 3,348 lbs of fresh produce from Orange County Produce

farm land with 24 volunteers in less than two hours. Giving Children Hope brought volunteers and

 New Beginnings from Norco came down as well. Everyone had a great time and work well together .







Giving Children Hope will be coming out again along with Circle K from Irvine 

Valley College to harvest Celery and Cabbage.


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Last years write up of our gleaning project at the Great Park on Orange County Produce farm Land…

Posted on 06 February 2013 by robertflournoy

Its very exciting to see college students come out and give their time to help

feed the community. We had two groups come out on this particular day.


Circle K from Irvine Valley College…


Irvine Valley College Volley Ball…


Write up in the Orange County Register on one of our gleaning projects…


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Saturday 2nd 2013 harvest on Orange County Produce was a success…

Posted on 03 February 2013 by robertflournoy

It was a great day today at the Great Park harvesting produce on Orange County Produce

farm land. We harvested more produce than we expected today and that was good for all

the organizations that showed up like Giving Children Hope, Saddleback Church Food Pantry

and New Beginnings Community Church from Norco. We harvested different produce than

we initially planned to.  AG Kawamura owner of Orange County Produce was pleased with

how fast and how much all the organizations harvested he offered more variety of produce

to pick. Next weekend we will harvest celery and more cabbage.


Brian Stuart from “New Beginnings Church” with a huge Broccoli…


Paul from “Giving Children Hope” carries cabbage…


Young volunteers helping and enjoying themselves…



Giving Children Hope Loading their truck…


Giving Children Hope volunteers…

New Beginnings Community Church…

Volunteers from Wiley Drakes Church who feeds 100 homeless everyday

Saddleback Church,Giving Children Hope and the Santa Ana truck waiting to be filled…

A.G. Kawamura
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A.G. KawamuraArthur Gen  “A.G.” Kawamura is the former 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, a renewable 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 University Foundation, 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: Ag Kawamura owner of Orange County Produce



A.G receives a Certificate Of Appreciation from the President…


Video of today’s harvest…

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