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Some Big Cabbage Out There…

Posted on 29 April 2013 by robertflournoy

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With 7 volunteers we did a great job harvesting cabbage that was ready to pick for Giving

Children Hope. Volunteers from Santa Ana and Long Beach came out to help support the

low income families by picking  Orange County Produce farm land. AG told the president to be

selective with the cabbage because not all of it was ready to pick Saturday.

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There is a good chance we will be back out again Saturday May 4th to harvest more cabbage.

If you would like  to join us next weekend you can contact us at loavesandfishesx10@yahoo.com

to be put on on our volunteer list.

 

Video of the harvest…

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President Robert Flournoy sung his new song “You Said” at the COGIC in Santa Ana…

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If you would like to purchase his new song you can go to..www.reverbnation.com

and type in Robert Flournoy. All sales will go to buying produce for our hurting families

 here in Orange County.

 

Thank you.

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The harvest is ready and we are not short of laborers!

Posted on 18 April 2013 by robertflournoy

Before the harvest…

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After the harvest…

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Saturday 13th was no different from any other harvest there was plenty of produce and enough

volunteers to get the job done. Organizations like Saddleback Church Food Pantry came out once

again Giving Children Hope and a new group from Newport Mesa AbilityFirs’t an organization

SERVING CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

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It was another day serving the community with the help of AG Kawamura and the Great Park.

Volunteers from all the organizations were once again excited to come out and pick fresh

organic produce for the people there organizations serve. Volunteers from AbilityFirst

came out to give back to the community. Director of AbilityFirst Newport Mesa Joy Thomas

said she was very excited to support the community by giving of her time and that she

plans to continue doing so. We are always excited to see new organizations come out to

help support what we are doing at L&F x10…

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Giving Children Hope volunteers…

Orange County Rescue Mission was donated over 720 lbs..Thank you AbilityFirst for your help

We ended the day by heading to the Orange County Ronald McDonlad House where we picked 

oranges. AbilityFirst once again came through  to help. Joy Thomas and her team from her 

office did a great job while enjoying themselves.

Volunteers  even supported the house by raking up leaves and oranges on the ground...

 

PRODUCE COUNT FOR 4/13/14

Saddleback Church Food Pantry… 530 lbs of Romaine Lettuce-

Giving Children Hope… 2,320 lbs of Romaine Lettuce

Orange County Rescue Mission… 720 lbs of Romaine Lettuce

Santa Ana Food Bank… 360 lbs of Romaine Lettuce

First Baptist Church…240 lbs of Romaine Lettuce

TOTAL… 4,170

 

Thank you once again to all the organizations that  came out to help with our weekend projects

we cannot do what we do without your help.

 

Videos from both projects…

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We had fun in the Sun…

Posted on 03 March 2013 by robertflournoy

We had fun in the Sun today harvesting celery at the Great Park in Irvine California for low

income families. We had a small crew today that did an extraordinary job as a team. Saddleback

Church Food Pantry volunteers came out to help support the 3,500 people they serve each month

and First Baptist Church volunteers also came out to harvest for the 100 homeless they cook

for each week. Everyone is very excited to be a part of something that is different from the

normal routine of supporting Food Banks or Food Pantries. One volunteer said today that

she is happy to be doing something active like harvesting instead of just sitting at her desk

at work. If you have never harvested or gleaned before you don’t know the feeling you get

when you pick the fresh produce from the fields it has a smell and a look like no other.

 

This Summer we will increase our take of produce and we invite you to participate in one

of out projects. Next weekend  Heart Of Compassion a ministry from L.A County will be

coming down to pick celery and hopefully lettuce…. http://hocdistribution.com/

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Saddleback Church Volunteers…

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Photo: Orange County Rescue Mission donation

Santa Ana Food Bank…

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First Baptist Church…

Photo: Saddleback Church Food Pantry

 

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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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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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