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Spring Melt Tickets On Sale Now!

We hope you’ll join us at Tastemade Sat. April 26th from 7-10pm for our only fundraiser of the year. Highlights include gourmet grilled cheese by Clementine, open bar featuring GreenbarDistillery and Angel City Brewery, live DJ, silent & live auction and a few surprises  Buy your tix today:https://springmelt2014.eventbrite.com/
Photo: SPRING MELT TICKETS ON SALE NOW! We hope you'll join us at Tastemade Sat. April 26th from 7-10pm for our only fundraiser of the year. Highlights include gourmet grilled cheese by Clementine, open bar featuring Greenbar Distillery and Angel City Brewery, live DJ, silent & live auction and a few surprises :) Buy your tix today: https://springmelt2014.eventbrite.com
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Food Forward Ventura County Program Seeks Assistant Part Time

POSITION: Food Forward Ventura County Program Assistant
ORGANIZATION: Food Forward, http://www.foodforward.org
HOURS: Flexibility required, 4-6hrs / week. Max hours 25/month
COMPENSATION: $12/hr
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW
Food Forward’s mission is to rescue local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

 

POSITION
The Ventura County Program Assistant will help with the general management and communication of volunteers, agencies and property owners as well as scheduling “pick” events in Ventura County. The Program Assistant will report to Ventura County Director.

The responsibilities include:

· Property Scouting
· Maintain equipment inventory
· Vehicle maintenance (smog certified, tires, gas, pick box supplies, washed
· Shopping for events, office supplies, volunteer meals
· Deliver and pick up equipment for small pick events around the county (boxes, buckets, ladders, poles)
· Pick up fruit from small events around the county (max load 900 lbs) requires lifting 40 lb boxes
· Research possible equipment barns until office space/storage is secured
· Weekly Facebook and Twitter postings
· Update VC metrics (picks, lbs, volunteers, hours) weekly on assorted spreadsheets
· Help relocate into new office space
· Collect company email addresses from Ventura County volunteers thru their release waivers (for future fundraising purposes)
· Update the flyer template for companies wanting to post a Food Forward flyer announcing an upcoming pick event
· Other tasks as needed to assist the VC Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

We are looking for a highly organized self-starter. Candidate should possess very good writing skills, be creative, organized, detail oriented, excellent follow through, and interested in food justice and community building.
Other qualifications include:
– Excellent communication skills
– Strong people and relationship building skills
– Flexibility to work some weekends
– Valid Driver’s license and clean record
– Knowledge and comfort with Twitter, Facebook and other social media

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume as a PDF and create a cover letter in the body of the email explaining your interest in the position and email to info@foodforward.org”>info@foodforward.org, with the subject line reading, “Ventura County Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).” Only the applicants who follow directions will be considered.

1,000,000 SERVINGS PICKED!

It’s official: as of this week Food Forward volunteers have surpassed harvesting/rescuing over 250,000 lbs or 1,000,000 servings of fresh free fruit for SoCals hungry. :)) our Fruit Loops rock!

Hope to see you in Montecito for our Big Pick in partnership with Backyard Bounty – gourgoues weather is on tap – amazing estate – light lunch provided – and 45 minutes from Wine COuntry – what more could you ask for?

To hold your spot email Marie@foodforward.org

AUGUST FRESH JUICE IS POURED….

Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

We are proud to announce this month’s Fresh Juice announcing August picks and events. Below are the calendared events.

Please RSVP to MARIE@FOODFORWARD.ORG with the following information to reserve your spot(s):

Date of pick requested

  1. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)
  2. E-mail address
  3. Cell phone # you can be reached at on the day of the pick.

Please note: the exact address of the pick will be given out only to confirmed pickers 48-72 hours prior to the pick.

8-1-2010 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Winnetka

Details:            Come join team Food Forward as we harvest multiple trees in Winnetka!

8-4-10 – Wednesday

Event:              Citrus Sunset Pick

Start Time:      6:00 PM

End Time:       7:30 PM

Where:            North Hills

Details:            Join the FF crew for a fun, relaxing sunset pick!

8-7-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Chatsworth

Details:            Come join the FF crew at a HUGE property in Chatsworth! We need lots of volunteers, so please RSVP with a friend!

8-7-10 – Saturday

Event:              Grapefruit Boxing and Bagging!

Start Time:      11:00 AM

End Time:       1:00 PM

Where:            Moorpark

Details:            Come join the FF bag and box 1000s of pounds of grapefruit that have already been picked! 15 volunteers needed for this event!

8-15-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

8-18-10 – Wednesday

Event:              Citrus Sunset Pick

Start Time:      6:00 PM

End Time:       7:30 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            Join the FF crew for a fun, relaxing sunset pick!

8-22-10 – Sunday

Event:              Private Pick

Details:            Please e-mail marie@foodforward.org if you are interested in setting up a private pick for your group or organization!

8-29-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

Moor Fruit in Moorpark

Those of us in FF leadership were BOWLED OVER by the attendance and participation at yesterday’s pick in Moorpark – about 50 volunteers from local high schools, churches, food pantry groups + hardcore FF folk showed up to tackle an amazing hillside orchard – We finished in record time harvesting well over 100 crates of Valencias in about 2 hours – total weight to come .

The community involvement was something you all should be proud of  – the energy could not have been better and the commitment more pure.  Most of the fruit stayed local, going to the pantry at Catholic Charities in Moorpark, with some also going to SOVA – We greatly appreciate the help of all those involved setting this up including: Patricia, David, Martha, Ryan, Charles, Jim and all who came out  – We hope to see you up a tree before long!

Zester Daily features FF (and the Citrus Queen)

Thanks to Corie Brown for her very thorough and gracious article on us via Zester Daily.  She followed us over Big Sunday and wrote a great story about how we operate. If you are a foodie you will want to get lost on her incredibly comprehensive, thoughtful and yes, political, site:

http://www.zesterdaily.com/politics/507-a-helpful-harvest

Big Sunday – Bigger can be better

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Finally coming out of the aches, pains and citrus bliss of an incredible weekend…

We are proud to say the FF team grew by leaps and bounds this weekend, and they all should take a bow: whether it was Bari, Win and Byron holding down the forts as pick leaders in Reseda and North Hollywood or the folks like Wendy, Deborah, Robert, David, Judy , Martha, Charles, Emily, Luke, Rich and Elizabeth who helped coordinate the over two dozen properties we gleaned for Big Sunday weekend – or the over 100 volunteers who picked and picked – EVERYONE’S energy was amazing.

Riding up to SOVA Sunday to borrow their van (yes, FF STILL NEEDS A VAN!) I was once again enlightened to the diversity of who Food Forward  serves. There sitting on the bench waiting for the pantry to open were Latino couples, elderly white men and women, Black mothers with babies, middle-aged homeless individuals, South Asian immigrant families…basically a huge cross section of LA – a sobering reminder that any one of us could be on that bench should the fragile systems that hold our lives and families together fail.  That fact was driven home more as I arrived to our Northridge home based (courtesy of the Buratti family) to see volunteers arriving early – white, Latino, Asian, Black young, old…

Food Forward serves our community – and is made up of our community – a fact I am incredibly proud of.  And the fact we, as a massive team inspired by the Big Sunday events, harvested nearly 12,000 lbs of fresh fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, made it all the better.

We hope to post more pix soon but for now, here are a few.

Also, – BIG shout outs to Erica, Marie and Carl for AMAZING hand-eye-volunteer coordination and stamina which has been going on behind the scenes for weeks on end – and the SOVA and MEND for incredible ongoing onsite support 🙂

See you all up a tree soon!

Best Wishes to those in the Fruit World

-Rick