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Saturday 14th Watermelon Harvest Was One Of The Best Yet…

Posted on 18 September 2013 by robertflournoy

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The excitement grew as we were gathering volunteers to harvest watermelons at

the Great Park on Orange County Produce farm land. Volunteers came from Santa

Ana and Lake Forest to pick for there Food Banks and Pantries. Saddleback Church

and the Santa Ana Food Bank along with Paul Geisert from Giving Children Hope

came out and did a great job picking and washing melons before they were put

in bins…

Sustainability…watermelons donated two Saddleback Church Food Pantry and the Santa Ana Food Bank although the melons were going to be donated we decided to buy them from AG Kawamura to help support his program. We believe in helping to sustain our Orange County Farmers. We will also be buying from Dan Manassero of The Original Manassero Farms.

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Picking Watermelons at the Great Park On Orange County Produce Farm…9/14/13 from 8:am to 10:am

Posted on 11 September 2013 by robertflournoy

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Hours Of picking (8:am to 10:am)

 

                                          (Please try and be there on time so we can check all waivers)

 

Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

 

What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

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NOTE… We are working on a shorter waiver so please be patient with us.

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts, pants,  closed toe shoesgloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

NOTE…We recommend you wear garden gloves to protect your hands from getting sticky.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer picked tomatoes back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates. 

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What can we say about today’s harvest…FANTASTIC!!

Posted on 16 March 2013 by robertflournoy

The temperature must have dropped 5 degrees in the morning at The Great Park between

8:50: am and 9:00 am.  Around 32 volunteers including kids came out Saturday to help stomp

out hunger in Orange County with the enthusiasm to get it done….

 

A faith based ministry taking feeding the community to a different level

through gleaning projects and community partnerships.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Orange County has the 3rd highest population in the state of California at
approx. 3,055, 745 residents*. *(Source: US Census Bureau Release Date: April 2012)

30.4% of Orange County Households are unable to meet their basic
needs, 90.9% of these households are working families.

1 in 8 Orange County residents face food insecurity, including
1 in 5 children.
Enrollment in Food Stamp programs in Orange County increased 37% in 2010,

demonstrating the need for affordable and nutrious foods.

391,380, or 13.1%, of Orange County residents face food insecurity.
Of those residents, about 41% are not qualified for SNAP or other governmental
nutrion program.

33.7% (211,000) of low‐income households in Orange County experience
hunger at least once a day.

Volunteers from Templo Calvario of Santa Ana and Giving Children Hope from Buena

Park did a great job harvesting  celery and lettuce that was donated by A.G Kawamura

owner of Orange County Produce. ..

 

Group Picture…

Photo: Today's volunteers

 

Giving Children Hope…

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Templo Calvario of Santa Ana harvested for the Orange County Rescue Mission and

 also supported Giving Children Hope..

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Photo: Templo Calvario Church

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Pics from today’s harvest…

 

Donation to Orange County Rescue Mission harvested by Templo Calvario Santa Ana …

 

Videos from today’s harvest…

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We had a lot of volunteers this Saturday harvesting celery and two type of lettuce…

Posted on 10 March 2013 by robertflournoy

They look like LOCUS says A.G Kawamura about the volunteers that came out today

to harvest his organic field . We had 2o volunteers from L.A and 10 from Orange County

come out this weekend. We also had a visit from Dr. Eric Handler Deputy Agency Director

/Health Officer and his wife come out as well. The President had invited him to come out

and see what L&F x10 is doing in the community to help stomp out hunger. Dr. Handler felt

what everyone else feels when they are on the fields and that is the energy that flows from

everyone when they are out  supporting the community. Dr. Handler said that there are good

things happening in the fields with the gleaning program…

 

A.G Kawamura and Dr. Handler and his wife…

Photo: AG and Dr.Handler and his wife

Group picture…

 

Heart Of Compassion…

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Giving Children Hope…

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Templo Calvario Santa Ana volunteers…

 

Video of Today’s harvest…

 

 

 On another note the President received a  certificate for supporting the 

Orange County Bar Foundation…

 

Picture with Max Madrid and California State Senator Lou Correa…

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Heart Of Compassion from L.A County who served over 500,000 people last year is on there way to the O.C to harvest…

Posted on 06 March 2013 by robertflournoy

We are still on the Valor Field harvesting celery and this weekend we will have visitors from

Los Angeles County come down to be a part of what is happening in Orange County. Heart

Of Compassion is doing a great job in L.A supporting families and we  at L&F x10 want to be

a part of it by supplying fresh organic produce to their organization...

 

Valor Program in the Orange County Register...

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/program-496765-park-farming.html

 

Picture of Heart Of Com[passion picking up donations from “The Original Manassero Farms”

 

H.O.C Video of them picking up Cucumbers…

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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

 

Today’s Videos…

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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
banks.
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…

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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…

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Volunteer Pictures…

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PICTURE OF THE DAY…

 

Video of today’s event…

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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 .

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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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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.

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

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Paul from “Giving Children Hope” carries cabbage…

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Young volunteers helping and enjoying themselves…

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Giving Children Hope Loading their truck…

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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

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

 

Video of today’s harvest…

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