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BACKYARD HARVEST OPPORTUNITES

Sign up for a fruit harvest on our Events Calendar!

Harvesting Volunteer

The easiest way to become involved with Food Forward is to sign up to volunteer on a fruit pick! Each fruit pick is approximately 2 hours, with all the picking equipment provided by Food Forward. You’re required to bring your picking hands and a fruitful spirit! Sign-up for an event on our Events page (dates, times, and locations specified). Minimum age of 5 to participate and individuals under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian.

Volunteering with Food Forward

Pick Leader

Each of our fruit harvests is lead by a Pick Leader. This highly rewarding leadership position ensures that each fruit pick is fun and organized. The short training is simple and fun, and the satisfaction of being a pick leader is immense! Pick Leaders commit to at least one event per month and can lead community harvests or pick on their own. Email harvest@foodforward.org to find out about our next training session or check out our Events page.

Pick Leader Volunteering with Food Forward

“After a day of volunteering with Food Forward, I feel like I have paid for a day of my keep on this earth in a tangible (not to mention fun and sweaty) way. I have taken something that would otherwise fall to the ground and be wasted and put that into grateful hands and mouths.”-  Tran, Pick Leader

Property Scout

Food Forward volunteers known as Property Scouts, visit each potential site for a fruit pick prior to the picking event. If you like being outside and enjoy engaging neighbors, property scouting is a fantastic way to support Food Forward. The position requires a brief training process and easy access to transportation to visit different potential pick sites. Email harvest@foodforward.org to find out when the next training session is!

Start Your Own Harvest Team!

Fight hunger with your group on an ongoing basis. A Harvest Team requires the following commitments:

  • 2-3 adults from your group train to be Pick Leaders and can manage their own harvesting schedule and equipment.  At least 1 adult Pick Leader must be present at each event.  Training takes 3-4 weeks.  Minors are allowed to train too, but cannot be the only Pick Leader at an event
  • Someone from your group that can either drive to our North Hollywood office/ San Marino hub/ Westchester Hub to pick up equipment (pickers, ladders, and boxes) for your picking events, or who can store equipment and bring it with them to picks.
  • Each event must be arranged with us ahead of time, and all volunteers under 18 who want to participate must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver for them online prior to the event.  Contact volunteer@foodforward.org for more info.
 

FARMERS MARKET RECOVERY OPPORTUNITIES

Sign up for a farmers market on our Events Calendar!

Farmers Market Volunteer

Each and every week, teams of Food Forward Farmers Market volunteers ensure thousands of pounds of fresh produce is recovered from farmers markets across Los Angeles and Ventura counties and donated to our partner agencies! All that is involved is meeting your fellow volunteers at a market, distributing boxes to vendors and then collecting & sorting donated produce before it is picked up by a local hunger relief agency. To sign up for an upcoming market, go to our Events page. There is a minimum age of 12 to participate and individuals under 16 must attend with a parent or guardian. Volunteers should be comfortable lifting 40 lbs.

Glean Team Leader

Glean Team Leaders are the Super Volunteers who oversee our farmers markets gleans each week! GTLs generally are assigned to one farmers market and are asked to be available twice a month to lead. This is a great position for those who are passionate about fresh food, meeting new people and Food Forward’s mission. To find out about our next GTL training, go to our Events page or email fmrecovery@foodforward.org.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Internships

Are you interested in spending your summer with Food Forward and helping us in our efforts to fight hunger and food waste across Southern California? Check out our internship positions!

Office Volunteer

As the Food Forward team continues to grow, so do our program needs! We are currently looking for volunteer assistants for our Backyard Harvest, Farmers Market Recovery and Volunteer Programs. Program Assistants should are asked to commit to 8 – 10 hours a week for a minimum of 3 months and should be able to work out of our North Hollywood office. Please email volunteer@foodforward.org to learn more.

Kitchen Volunteer

Food Forward sells a variety of preserved products like jam and jellies to support our produce recovery efforts!  If you are interested in joining us for an upcoming food production day, please go to our Events page to sign up or email volunteer@foodforward.org for more information.

Farm Gleaning

We have partnered with several local, organic farms in Ventura County that allow us to harvest their remaining crops before they are plowed under for the next planting. Volunteering at a Farm Glean is a fantastic way to learn more about local, sustainable agriculture. Sign up for email updates about upcoming Farm Gleaning events.

Property Scout Volunteering with Food Forward
“Southern California, and especially the San Fernando Valley, has such a fruit-filled cultural history built around putting food on our family tables. So many of the fruits and vegetables we eat today were developed from seeds and cuttings brought from the “old country” and shared for generations among fellow Angelinos. Picking for Food Forward is like a treasure hunt – each tree shares its rich story, and I’m glad for every opportunity to listen.”–  Lorraine, Property Scout/Pick Leader

Los Angeles County Ventura County
To get involved in Los Angeles County, just shoot our Volunteer Manager an email and they’ll gladly get you started!
volunteer@foodforward.org
To Become Involved as a Pick Leader or Property Scout in Ventura County, just shoot Ally an email and she’ll gladly get you started!
ally@foodforward.org