Category Volunteer News

A family glean team

Celebrating April’s Volunteer of the Month: Ekta Garg! Ekta has volunteered over 90 hours with Food Forward so far! She volunteers in both our Farmers Market Recovery and Backyard Harvest programs, but has really been a staple of the Thousand Oaks Farmers Market throughout…

Volunteer of the Month

Since the start of the new year Ceci has led 20 harvests…as in, 20 harvests in 47 days…as in, there’s a 43% chance that she’s harvesting fruit on any given day. As new staff navigated their way through an onslaught…

Making a difference with design!

This month we are not featuring a harvester or gleaner…in fact, this volunteer has never even touched a piece of Food Forward produce! Our Volunteer of the Month is Joe Finucane, a graphic designer from England (now based in Budapest!).…

Volunteering brings them closer together

This December we are recognizing two volunteers – Grace and Katie! Tanzi Jackson, Farmers Market Recovery Program Supervisor, says: “I would love to nominate Grace and Katie, a mother-daughter duo that has been killing it at the Encino market! Since…

Woman with lemons and boxes

Changing her small part of the world

Our Volunteer of the Month is the amazing Kelly Akins! Kelly has been volunteering consistently with Food Forward since 2017, clocking in about 400 hours! She is reliable, welcoming, and always willing to pitch in where help is needed—whether she’s…

Joy in Volunteering

Kathy Helms is one of the most versatile volunteers at Food Forward in Ventura County.  Kathy has volunteered more than 120 hours with Food Forward From volunteering at our office, to helping out at the Ventura Community Garden, to helping out at strawberry farm gleans,…

Giving and receiving blessings

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff within the first few weeks of my time working at Food Forward. Right off the bat, you could tell how enthusiastic he was about his role as a volunteer and could see the connection he…

Growing organic produce, sharing the abundance

Written by Andrea Howry, Ventura County Backyard Harvest Coordinator On a misty summer morning, behind rows and rows of towering tomato vines, verdant zucchini plants, and lime-green butter lettuces, a retired teacher quietly picks beans and places them by the…