The Branch Out has been rescheduled…

We hope you can join us on February 10, 2019!



As many of you are aware, our community was impacted by the recent Hill and Woosley fires just days after hearing of the tragic shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. Many Food Forward friends and family members were affected by both. We made the hard decision to postpone the Branch Out, originally scheduled for November 2018, in respect of all that had occurred.

Since then, rains have fallen and brought new life and clear air back to our beloved County. We would like to re-invite you to our Branch Out in hopes that we can come together, as Food Forward often does, in grace and gratitude for the purposeful work that binds us together, making us stronger and more resilient.

Agricultural abundance is the legacy of Southern California, and it’s still what makes Food Forwards work possible today. That’s especially true in Ventura County, where our organization has flourished over the past 6 years, redistributing over 1 million pounds of surplus produce across the county thanks to our fruity volunteers, donors, and supporters.


Where better to celebrate our collective achievements than at the Agriculture Museum?

Food Forward’s 3rd Annual Ventura County Branch Out
February 10, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM
Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula
Free Admission (All Ages) with Open Bar (21+)



The museum and gardens will be open for your exploration throughout the Branch Out, and there’ll be live music from local favorite Ted Lennon. Our pals at Leashless Brewing and Topa Topa are providing the beer, and Cowboy John’s Smoken’ BBQ will also be on site with BBQ available for purchase. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to win raffle prizes from generous partners throughout the county. Come celebrate our successes with harvesting food, fighting hunger, and building community in Ventura County and beyond. See you there!



With special thanks to:








And our raffle donors:

Ambrosia: Local, Organic Cafe
Harvest Cafe: Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Island Packers
: Cruising the California Channel Islands
Paradise Pantry: Restaurant, Cheese Counter, & Wine Shop
Patagonia: Outdoor Clothing & Gear
Rabalais Cafe: New Orleans-Inspired Cafe in Santa Paula
Real Cheap Sports: Ventura’s Outdoor Store
The Refill Shoppe: Bath, Body, Home & Clean
Revel in Ojai: Jun Kombucha & Acai Bar
Ventura Spirits: Local Craft Microdistillery


More about Branch Out:

The Branch Out began as an event to “branch out” throughout Ventura County to grow deeper relationships with our farmers, property owners, volunteers, and agency partners, and to celebrate the work of Food Forward while inspiring others to join us.  

The first year’s event was hosted by Ventura Spirits, a local distillery that makes hand-crafted beverages from local and recovered produce. Leashless Brewery, a fully certified organic brewery, hosted the second Branch Out for an evening of education, fun, and festivities as we celebrated recovering 1 million pounds of fresh produce in Ventura County since 2010.

This year we are excited that the Santa Paula Agricultural Museum will host us. The Museum is located in the old “food depot” historically used by farmers around the area to store farm products that would be shipped via adjacent rail lines to all parts of California.