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Gleaning Zucchini Saturday 29th At “The Original Manassero Farms” From 9:am to 11:am

Posted on 28 October 2016 by robertflournoy

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Directions and Information…

 

ADDRESS …Irvine Valley College

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

                            Irvine  Ca, 9261

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DIRECTIONS…405 S. Exit Jeffrey and turn (left)/Go straight until you get to light called

Irvine Valley and turn right into the College. Go straight and then an immediate right…follow the road all the way to where it curves you to the left…Go left and park in the dirt field on your left across from the zucchini field.

 

DIRECTIONS5 North exit Jeffrey and go left pass Irvine Center Drive to the light called

Irvine Valley and turn left and follow the same directions as above.

 

DIRECTIONS5 South Exit Jeffrey and follow the road to the Jeffrey light turn left and 

go pass Irvine Center Drive to the light called Irvine Valley and follow the

same directions as above.

 

Clothes to wear  Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes,long shirts,hats,gloves and pants to protect themselves.

Note- because of the mud Im asking that you bring two pairs of shoes…

One pair to glean in and the other to change into before you walk back to your car. 

The Perimeter road belongs to the college and muddy shoe tracks on the road

will not look good for the campus.

 

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Gleaning Tomatoes Saturday 30th At “The Original Manassero Farms”

Posted on 29 July 2016 by robertflournoy

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Gleaning opportunity at “The Original Manassero Farms”

 

Directions- 

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Once you enter at the Irvine Valley Light…Immediately turn right on the

perimeter road just pass the stand,go straight towards the corn field and up the drive

unto the dirt and park next to the shed in the back on the left side pass the field.

Contact me if you cant find the parking (714-718-2930)

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Clothing- long sleeves preferred,closed toe shoes,hat if needed,gloves if needed

pants.

 

 

 

 

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2,400 lbs Of Corn Gleaned…

Posted on 25 July 2016 by robertflournoy

Farming” If You’re Not Dirty Someone’s Going Hungry”

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Saturday 23rd at 8:am over 17 volunteers came out to “The Original Manassero Farms”

in Tustin to glean corn on 1 acre of land. Volunteers came from Victory Outreach,

US Navy Recruiting District in San Diego, OC Autism and Maddison Elementary

in Santa Ana. Although it was very hot on that day volunteers didn’t seem to care

because they new why they were there. Heart of Compassion from Montebello

came down to volunteer and pick up the corn that was gleaned from the field.

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Volunteers went in and out of the corn field like clock work as they walk in the field

stepping on old corn as well as picking fresh corn from the stalk. You could here

all the laughter and conversations going on in the fields as the youth and the adults

enjoy themselves stomping out hunger.

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Baskets and baskets of fresh picked sweet white corn continued to flow from the

field that was donated by “The Original Manassero Farms” It seemed that there was

no end to the bounty of corn in the field and volunteers new that they were not going

to be able to get it all in two hours.

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We have partnered with “The Original Manassero Farms” to help stomp out hunger

for over five years. Through the years we have been able to donate tens of thousands

of pounds of farm fresh produce to many organizations. We hope to continue to work with

Dan and Anne Manassero so that we can supply families with healthy great produce.

 

President of Loaves and Fishes x10…

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Facebook Live Of The Corn Gleaning…

Pics From The Event…

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Pics From The Event…

 

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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]

Presidents Personal Website- http://www.robertflournoy.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Man! It Was Hot But We Got It Done…

Posted on 16 August 2015 by robertflournoy

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I can imagine most people would say that we were pretty crazy to be out in the

heat today gleaning cucumbers for Food Banks as hot as it was but this crew

of people obviously were not to concern about the heat. 1,016 lbs of cucumbers

were gleaned today by this unwavering crew of people. YES! it was hot and it

was hard not to keep the sweat out of your eyes but it was all worth it because

we were able to be a part of someone eating today. Volunteers came out and

did not complain about the heat although it was pretty hot.

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As the team was gleaning cucumbers from this field left for us by Dan Manassero

of The Original Manassero Farms there were crews on the other side getting the

other cucumber fields ready for harvest. We always enjoy working side by side

with the farmers crew because it shoes common unity.

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The youth that come out always enjoy being out in the fields and you can see the joy

they have when they are out gleaning or harvesting fresh produce from the farmers

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Today’s gleaning was another success in the fight against hunger in Orange County.

We were able to glean over 1,016 lbs of cucumbers for Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Dan Manassero receiving a certificate for donating to Irvine Valley College students.

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Finishing The Cucumbers Saturday The 15th…

Posted on 13 August 2015 by robertflournoy

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foods are as cool as a cucumber. These low-calorie veggies contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients.

There are hundreds of varieties of cucumber, and they come in dozens of colors, but the edible types are classified as being for either slicing or pickling, according to Cornell University’s Growing Guide. Slicing cucumbers are cultivated to be eaten fresh, while pickling cucumbers are intended for the brine jar. Slicing cucumbers are usually larger and thicker-skinned than pickling ones.

In the United States, commonly planted varieties of slicing cucumber include Dasher, Conquistador, Slicemaster, Victory, Comet, Burpee Hybrid and Sprint, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods website. Commonly planted varieties of pickling cucumber include Royal, Calypso, Pioneer, Bounty, Regal, Duke and Blitz.

 

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Exploring The Original Manassero Farms

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Exploring The Original Manassero Farms

by Cheryl Honig.

The feeling starts in your feet as you step out of your car onto the gravel parking lot.  It works its way up to your fingers and nose as you stroll through the herbs, feel their textures, and savor their aromas.  You sense this is a special place because you feel transported and calm at the same time.

Gazing out to the fields reminds you that this is the stuff that has been sustaining the human race since the beginning of time — fresh fruits and vegetables.  This field (the Irvine Market location along Jeffrey Road, next to Irvine Valley College) is courtesy of Dan and Anne Manassero, part of a third-generation farming family that has been growing the tastiest strawberries and other wonderful produce since 1922.

But they do much more than grow and sell it.  They give it away, too!  The Original Manassero Farms has partnered with Loaves and Fishes X10 to distribute donated fresh produce to food pantries and food banks across Orange County — 250,000 pounds were donated in 2014.  That’s a lot of harvesting…and heart!

The Manasseros have succeeded in helping us escape the frenzy of modern life by creating their Irvine Market location, where you can browse shelves of jams and preserves, canned veggies, raw organic honey, and specialty salsas.  But there’s more — try “Breakfast in the Barn,” learn a thing or two at a “Farm to Fork” cooking class, or design a “Pick Your Own Event” for any occasion.  By supporting The Original Manassero Farms, we uplift the entire community.  That’s a good and tasty thing to do!  Visit https://www.manasserofarms.com/ to learn more.

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Irvine farm earns honor for local support of food donations

Irvine Farm Earns Honor

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Last year, The Original Manassero Farms donated 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to feed those in need.

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840 Lbs Of Heirloom Tomatoes…

Posted on 26 July 2015 by robertflournoy

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It was hot but at the same time it was a great day to glean tomatoes at The Original

Manassero Farms  for Food Banks. Volunteers came from Saddleback Church Food

Pantry,Official No One Left Behind a non-profit that serves in the Santa Ana Community

and other volunteers. Volunteers started off gleaning Red Heirloom tomatoes that were

so tempting you wanted to eat one right off the vine. Official No One Left behind showed

up  a few minutes later with volunteers and two vehicles ready to get the job done for their

organization. Joyce and 6 other volunteers gleaned over 400 lbs of sweet Heirloom tomatoes.

This was the first time they were in tomatoes fields picking and they seemed to enjoy it.

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Time went by so fast and there was still a lot of tomatoes left on the 4 acre field. The

president is always saying that there is so much fresh produce on the fields left  after

the gleaning he has to make sure that he gets more volunteers to come out. Over all

it was a great day and a successful one for the volunteers and Food Banks. Now isn’t

this Heirloom beautiful.

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Gleaning Sweet White Corn This Saturday…

Posted on 11 July 2015 by robertflournoy

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Address- 5500 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, California 92618

 

Once again we will be gleaning fresh corn for families this Saturday. Families and

friends will enjoy themselves gleaning corn while helping to stomp out hunger.

We are very excited because this is what Loaves and Fishes x10 is all  about.

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Irvine farm earns honor for local support of food donations

Last year, The Original Manassero Farms donated 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to feed those in need. State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, is scheduled to honor the Irvine-based grower for its charity today at the Westminster Family Fitness Day, an annual event launched by the senator to promote exercise and healthy eating.

For the past four years, Dan Manassero, who founded The Original Manassero Farms in 1976, has donated corn, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, green beans and melons to Loaves and Fishesx10, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit.
Contact the writer: jgraham@ocregister.comor 714-796-796
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