September’s Fresh Juice

Hello Food Forward Volunteers!

We are looking forward to September kicking off our juice-filled fall and are excited to announce this month’s Fresh Juice announcing September’s picks and events. We hope that you all can make it to one! Below are the calendared events:

Please RSVP to marie@foodforward.org with the following information to reserve your spot(s):

  1. Date of pick requested
  2. Total Number of spots requested and name(s) of pickers (please include ages of children if they are under 18)
  3. E-mail address
  4. 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.

9-11-2010 – Saturday

Event:             BIG Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:00 AM

End Time:       3:00 PM

Where:            Montecito

Details:            Come join team Food Forward for a fun day of picking as we partner up with Backyard Bounty and the Santa Barbara Food Bank for the second year in a row at a lush private estate in Montecito just 75 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley! The FF team will bring a light lunch for all of those who join!

9-14-10 – Tuesday

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!

9-18-10 – 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!

9-18-10 – Saturday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       12:00 PM

Where:            San Fernando Valley, TBD

Details:            To follow.

9-19-10 – Sunday

Event:              Citrus Pick

Start Time:      9:30 AM

End Time:       11:30 AM

Where:            Granada Hills

Details:            Come join FF as we harvest 5 Valencia orange trees in Granada Hills.

9-26-10 – Sunday

Event:              Abbot Kinney Festival

Start Time:      10:00 AM

End Time:       6:00 PM

Where:            Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Venice Blvd., Venice, CA

Details:            Stop by and visit the FF team while they table at the Abbot Kinney Festival. For more details please visit www.abbotkinney.org

Please respect the time commitment you make:

Volunteer participation is crucial to the success of our organization. When volunteers do not show up, not only does it prevent somebody who wants to volunteer from doing so, it ultimately diminishes the amount of fruit that is harvested for the hungry. If for any reason you are not able to attend the pick that you signed up for, please contact the pick leader or Marie at marie@foodforward.org or Carl at 818-554-8696.  The experience of your participation is very important to us. Please give us any ideas on how we may improve.

Great News!!!  Food Forward is now officially a non-profit 501(c)(3). Your monetary or equipment donations are greatly appreciated!

We look forward to seeing you at a pick very soon!

Sincerely,

The Food Forward Team

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

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!

Launch of LA’s first Food Rendezvous!

Food Forward is excited to participate in LA’s first Food Rendezvous – this coming Saturday 8/28 from 4-10pm in Venice.  It’s a gathering for Local Food Lovers and we will have our 2nd vintage of Preserved Meyer Lemons and our Candied Lemon Peels on sale! Come join the fun and meet other local food lovers!
At Sparc in the historic 1920s “old Venice jail house”… and its adjoining parking lots
685 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.thefoodrendezvous.com/

Purchase tickets http://www.eventbrite.com/event/780764287?ref=elink

Great Pick in Lake Balboa!

The Citrus Queen led another wonderful pick yesterday in Lake Balboa – a big thanks to our volunteers for helping pick 500 lbs of fresh lemons and oranges, 100% going to feed LA’s hungry this morning!

Moorpark Madness!

Hello Fellow Fruit Loops!

We were just given another opportunity to join Mr. Burney at his ranch in Moorpark this Sunday! This is a unique opportunity; instead of our volunteers picking Mr. Burney’s grapefruits, he hires professional pickers and asks that the Food Forward volunteers simply put the fruit into bags so that they can be donated to our local food pantries! See below for details:

When:                         Sunday, August 15th

Time:                           10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where:                        Burney’s Ranch, Moorpark, CA

Volunteers needed:     15-20

Details:                        Please e-mail marie@foodforward.org for final address and  information.

Please RSVP to marie@foodforward.org with the following information:

  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 # that you can be reached at the day of the pick.

We hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

The Food Forward Team

818-554-8696 (Carl’s cell)

http://foodforward.org

Twitter: @foodforwardla

Facebook group: Food Forward

818-530-4125

P.O. Box 48818

Los Angeles, CA 90048

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!!!

2134 lbs of Fresh Valencia Oranges!!

A big thanks to Saturday’s enthusiastic volunteers! 2134 lbs of fresh Valencia oranges to LA’s hungry this week!