Food Forward has had a great kick off to the intensely fruity summer and we hope you have too. We’ve been picking fruit and growing our little organization by the bushel. But first off, we’d like to welcome two new additions to the Food Forward family: Melinda Utal-Martinez who is heading up grant writing and consulting for us, and Nancy Hammerman who joins our board starting with us in July. Great to have you both!

We are proud to say last month we were awarded generous grants from both Ralphs/Food4Less and The Rosenthal Family Foundation. Big thanks to both foundations whose funding will allow us to continue our gleaning activities and expand the growing geographies across the county that we service. Speaking of growing, we want to give huge shout out to Food Forward’s Moorpark Branch and the AMAZING work that Martha, Bob and Ryan are doing out there, which will be immortalized on the pages of The Ventura County Star this week. You guys continue to amaze us!

Newly Minted Pick Leaders joining the Fruity fold in July are Celeste, Max and Jenna who will bring great energy and a widening geography to us. Keep an eye for them behind the wheel of the FruitMobile and wearing their oh-so-stylish Pick Leaders shirts that just arrived today. (If you want to get Fashion Forward in one of these shirts, just join the next Pick Leader Academy – and email max@foodforward.org to find out all about it.)

We want to remind those of you who are in town this Friday that we’re having a FruitQuarters Warming Celebration from 6-9pm at our brand new offices. No picking – just drinking, light snacks and socializing – Join us? Please RSVP to info@foodforward.org for details if you can make it.

In Local LA Food News…Food Forward is honored to be asked be part of three great LA food events happening in July which we hope you will check out:

Wed. July 13th, 7:30pm Food Forward Founder/Exec. Director Rick Nahmias will be part of a Slow Food Sponsored evening of discussion and film about food waste. The new documentary “Dive” and Agnes Varda’s classic “The Gleaners & I” will be screened as part of this evening. Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica 90403 – Tickets can be purchased ahead at: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/dive-the-gleaners-i

Thurs. July 14th, 6-8pm: We are part of the host committee for the release party for Oren Hesterman’s new book “Fair Food: Growing a Healthy Sustainable Food System For All,” which will be held at Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401. This is an invitational only event, and Food Forward folk can RSVP at fairfood.rsvp@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 16th 10:30-9pm, Sunday July 17th 10:30-5pm: We will have a booth at the EAT REAL FESTIVAL in Culver City. Be part of the coolest, tastiest and yes, most unique food festival to hit our hood in a while: http://eatrealfest.com/event/Los%20Angeles/California/2011

We are still in need of a couple of Super Volunteers for both days to help man/woman our booth – You get a free Food Forward T-shirt or Apron (before they even go on sale to the public!) for your hard work. (email max@foodforward.org if you can help out)

And now for all the juice that’s fit to spill….(SIGN UP ON EVENTS PAGE!)

Juicy Oranges
Date: Saturday – 07/02/11
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Location: Granada Hills, CA
Join the Food Forward crew for a juicy Saturday morning orange harvest!

Citrus in Northridge
Date: Sunday – 07/03/11
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Northridge, CA
Join the Food Forward crew for a juicy Sunday morning harvest – oranges & grapefruits!

4th of July Citrus
Date: Monday – 07/04/11
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Location: Granada Hills, CA
Join the Food Forward crew for a juicy 4th of July orange harvest!

Orange Sunset Pick
Date: Wednesday – 07/06/11
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Valley Village, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset pick!

Citrus Sunset Pick
Date: Thursday – 07/07/11
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: North Hills, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset grapefruit pick!

Grapefruit Sunset Pick
Date: Thursday – 07/07/11
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Northridge, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset grapefruit pick!

Juicy Oranges
Date: Saturday – 07/09/11
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Location: Reseda, CA
Join the Food Forward crew for a juicy Saturday morning orange harvest!

Sunset Citrus
Date: Monday – 07/11/11
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset pick!

Citrus Sunset Pick
Date: Tuesday – 07/12/11
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset pick!

International Paper Co.
Date: Saturday – 07/16/11
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Camarillo, CA

Grapefruit Sunset Pick
Date: Monday – 07/18/11
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Studio City, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset grapefruit pick!

Citrus Sunset Pick
Date: Wednesday – 07/20/11
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Come join the Food Forward crew for a juicy sunset pick

Orange Harvest
Date: Sunday – 07/31/11
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: North Hills, CA
Join the Food Forward crew for a juicy Sunday morning orange harvest!

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