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Zucchini Everywhere…

Posted on 26 October 2015 by robertflournoy

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Over 20 volunteers gleaning on 8 acres of zucchini to help stomp out hunger

in Orange County. Volunteers arrived at 8:30 am on Saturday morning ready

to glean for food banks. Almost 3,000 lbs was donated to Second Harvest in

Irvine California. Volunteers came from all over Orange County even as far

as Laguna Niguel and Newport Beach.

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Everyone seem to have a great time being in the zucchini field especially the kids

who have never been on a farm before.

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We Are In “The Official Newspaper Of The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Orange”

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Photo courtesy of “Loaves and Fishes x10”

BRINGING IN THE HARVEST, ONE MORE TIME

The ancient practice of gleaning helps feed OC needy population

BY LESLIE BERKMAN     OCTOBER 12, 2015

On a warm Saturday morning about 20 men, women and children, wearing wide-brimmed hats and baseball caps to shield them from the sun, crouched in rows of leafy green vines in Irvine’s Great Park.They lifted the vines, revealing scattered clusters of succulent green beans that they plucked and tossed into crates they dragged beside them. Starting tentatively, they picked up tempo, spreading into the broad, verdant field.What was going on is described in the biblical law of ancient Israel as gleaning: collecting the leftovers of the harvest that rightfully belong to the needy.Says Leviticus 19:9-10, “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. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien.” In Palestine the poor would pick just behind the farmer’s harvesters.Modern gleaning has a different twist. The pickers in the bean field that Saturday were not hungry widows, orphans or aliens. They were people with good jobs—including an ophthalmologist, a pharmacist and a solar panel salesman. They brought children to learn where food comes from and the joy of helping others. Also, volunteers were permitted to take some of the yield of their labor home for their families.Still, their main purpose was to feed the poor with beans left behind by the commercial pickers. In an hour and a half the group harvested 550 pounds of beans that they took to a church in Midway City with large numbers of elderly Vietnamese immigrants on fixed incomes.

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The farmer who cultivated the beans, A.G. Kamamura––the former California Secretary of Agriculture––said he had paid his own pickers to harvest the field twice and it would not have been economically practical for him to harvest the same vines a third time. So he called for the gleaners. If it weren’t for the volunteer pickers, he says, the leftover beans would have been plowed into the earth.Kamamura says that he has allowed gleaners onto his fields for 30 years. “We grow it for people to eat and not to throw it away, and so we are happy whenever we are able to work with our volunteers and the food banks,” he says.Gleanings by volunteers—ranging from church groups to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Navy officer reservists––are arranged by Robert Flournoy. On evenings during the work week, Flournoy, a 50-year-old Tustin resident, earns his living as a custodian at Irvine Valley College. He spends the weekdays and weekends collecting and delivering to food banks and community feeding centers the fruit and vegetables that are gleaned by volunteers or donated by farmers. [/read more]

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Following Up On The Zucchini Field Saturday 17,2015

Posted on 13 October 2015 by robertflournoy

 

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Address- 5500 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, California 92618

Time- 8:30 am to 10:30 am

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Directions- From the 405 South go to the Jeffrey Off Ramp and turn left

on Jeffrey..Go down Jeffrey until you get to the light next to the college called

(Irvine Valley) turn right into the college and then turn right immediately on

the perimeter road and follow it straight and park in the dirt field straight ahead..

If your car can go up a curb follow the perimeter road and turn left and go straight

until you see the dirt road on your left in the middle of the field.. you can go

up the curb and park in the field.

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DIRECTIONS…

From 5 North get off at the Jeffrey off ramp and turn right at the bottom and

go to the light.Turn left on Jeffrey and go down to the Irvine Valley light just

pass Irvine Center Drive. Turn left into the school and follow directions above.

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My contact number is 714-718-2930

Instructions- wear long sleeve shirts,pants,closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,bring 

clippers if you have them and NO! knives unless its a butter knife.

 

Please have all waivers signed before you come.

Waiver Link

 

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We Are In The Official Newspaper Of The “Roman Catholic Diocese Of Orange”

Posted on 12 October 2015 by robertflournoy

 

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BRINGING IN THE HARVEST, ONE MORE TIME

The ancient practice of gleaning helps feed OC needy population

BY LESLIE BERKMAN     OCTOBER 12, 2015

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                                             COURTESY OF LOAVES AND FISHES X 10
On a warm Saturday morning about 20 men, women and children, wearing wide-brimmed hats and baseball caps to shield them from the sun, crouched in rows of leafy green vines in Irvine’s Great Park.They lifted the vines, revealing scattered clusters of succulent green beans that they plucked and tossed into crates they dragged beside them. Starting tentatively, they picked up tempo, spreading into the broad, verdant field.What was going on is described in the biblical law of ancient Israel as gleaning: collecting the leftovers of the harvest that rightfully belong to the needy.Says Leviticus 19:9-10, “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. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien.” In Palestine the poor would pick just behind the farmer’s harvesters.Modern gleaning has a different twist. The pickers in the bean field that Saturday were not hungry widows, orphans or aliens. They were people with good jobs—including an ophthalmologist, a pharmacist and a solar panel salesman. They brought children to learn where food comes from and the joy of helping others. Also, volunteers were permitted to take some of the yield of their labor home for their families.Still, their main purpose was to feed the poor with beans left behind by the commercial pickers. In an hour and a half the group harvested 550 pounds of beans that they took to a church in Midway City with large numbers of elderly Vietnamese immigrants on fixed incomes.
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The farmer who cultivated the beans, A.G. Kamamura––the former California Secretary of Agriculture––said he had paid his own pickers to harvest the field twice and it would not have been economically practical for him to harvest the same vines a third time. So he called for the gleaners. If it weren’t for the volunteer pickers, he says, the leftover beans would have been plowed into the earth.Kamamura says that he has allowed gleaners onto his fields for 30 years. “We grow it for people to eat and not to throw it away, and so we are happy whenever we are able to work with our volunteers and the food banks,” he says.Gleanings by volunteers—ranging from church groups to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Navy officer reservists––are arranged by Robert Flournoy. On evenings during the work week, Flournoy, a 50-year-old Tustin resident, earns his living as a custodian at Irvine Valley College. He spends the weekdays and weekends collecting and delivering to food banks and community feeding centers the fruit and vegetables that are gleaned by volunteers or donated by farmers. [/read more]

 

 

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Zucchini Guys Saturday 10/10/15 At “The Original Manassero Farms”

Posted on 07 October 2015 by robertflournoy

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Address- 5500 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, California 92618

Time- 9:am to 11:am

 

Directions- From the 405 South go to the Jeffrey Off Ramp and turn left

on Jeffrey..Go down Jeffrey until you get to the light next to the college called

(Irvine Valley) turn right into the college….you will see a zucchini field

immediately to your left… there will be a place you can drive up into the

field at the corner after you come into the college. You cant miss it if you

look to your left… Its before you pass the field up.

 

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From 5 North get off at the Jeffrey off ramp and turn right at the bottom and

go to the light.Turn left on Jeffrey and go down to the Irvine Valley light just

pass Irvine Center Drive. Turn left into the school and follow directions above.

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My contact number is 714-718-2930

 

Instructions- wear long sleeve shirts,pants,closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,bring 

clippers if you have them and NO! knives unless its a butter knife.

 

Please have all waivers signed before you come.

 

Click On Link For Waiver

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The Original Manassero Farms Continues To Help Stomp Out Hunger In 2015

Posted on 02 October 2015 by robertflournoy

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The Original Manassero Farms – Orange County’s Best Strawberry and Farmers Market

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 still be farming some 39 years later 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 38 years. It is my sincere hope that you will literally enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Dan Manassero ~ Founder
The Original Manassero Farms

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Charitable Donations

The Original Manassero Farms has partnered with Loaves and Fishesx10 to stomp out hunger through their ongoing gleaning/harvesting projects.

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Loaves and Fishesx10 deliver donations to food pantries around Orange County to glean/harvest free, fresh produce for the low income communities they serve. Loaves and Fishesx10 also partners with local food banks to arrange for community food distributions that help provide families with a week’s worth of food. If you would like to join the cause or learn more contact Robert Flournoy at www.loavesandfishesX10.com

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About Us

The Original Manassero Farms – Orange County’s Best Strawberry Grower and Produce Markets

Dan is part of a third generation farming family in Orange County. His grandfather, James Manassero, came to Orange County via Italy and began farming here in 1922.
Since 1976, Dan Manassero, has been putting all the wonderful farming techniques he learned from year of working with his father, Steve, and uncle, Emille, to good use. Carrying on his strong family ethic of sustainable, local, farming. Dan is pleased to provide the freshest, sweetest, certified organic and conventionally grown strawberries and other produce to the community.

 

Why we sell what we sell:

We are pleased to welcome you to the home of The Original Manassero Farms. After years of selling our fresh, delicious products at our markets we are pleased to be able to share our most popular items with you online.

We have 5 retail locations throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. With years of feedback and lots of “first hand” taste testing we stand behind everything we offer to you.

Our staff personally hand pack each order and offer a 100% money back guarantee.

 

http://www.manasserofarms.com/

 

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