Category Archives: urban fruit gleaning

Fruit Harvesting and Foodie Event weekend!

 Last Saturday was an amazing day in the fruitworld! We started the day with a great group of volunteers harvesting 400lbs of valencia oranges in Northridge and then participated in LA’s first Food Rendezvous in Venice, CA! It was great to see some of our friends from the Garden School Foundation, Community Services Unl…imited, Slow Food LA, LA Farm Girl and sample all of the incredible food made by local artisans. Our candied lemons peels and 2nd vintage preserved lemons were a big hit and we look forward to participating in this event again. A big thanks again to Laurie & Dominique for inviting us!

Team Moorpark baggin grapefruits…

Last Saturday, Ryan lead an amazing team of Moorpark High School volunteers who helped bag over 8,300lbs of juicy grapefruits in just 2 hours at Burney’s Ranch which was then shared between Catholic Charities of Moorpark & MEND Poverty in Pacoima! A huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out and to our incredibly generous & gracious host Mr. Burney… Go Team Moorpark!!!

Citrus and Turtles in Woodland Hills

Last night, Food Forward loops harvested 263lbs of grapefruit, oranges & apples from a home in Woodland Hills – our very first with turtles, who seem to enjoy the fruit as much as we do 🙂

The start of Summer Citrusmania!

Over the weekend, Food Forward volunteers harvested over 3,000lbs of mixed citrus in Northridge and Granada Hills all to feed the hungry! The energy and committment of our volunteers and leadership never cease to amaze and we truly appreciate everyone coming out to help with the start of summer fruit rescue, especially those who drove up to help from San Ramon and Long Beach…

A few spots still available for a pick this Weds 6/16 in Northridge – email marie@foodforward.org for details.

Look forward to seeing you all in a tree soon!

Big Pick #7 Results Are In!

Big Pick #7 results are in!! This morning at CSUN’s Orange Grove, just over 4500 lbs were harvested by FF volunteers, all going in to the hands of those in need in the coming days! A HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered out in the heat today!

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!

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