Food Forward Gleaning & Workshops

Jun 8, 2015

11037084_834616133261023_4530984649199323013_nWe thank Food Forward for sharing the article below with Hometown Pasadena readers


Feeding the Hungry at the Pasadena Farmers Market

On a typical Saturday morning, Pasadena’s bustling farmers market entices hundreds of eager shoppers who sift through mountains of fresh produce. But ever wonder what happens to all that peak produce once the market winds down? Up until this March, all that produce would typically get thrown out. Now, thanks to the non-profit organization Food Forward, this food is instead being re-distributed to those in need.

This March, Food Forward launched their Farmers Market Recovery Program at the Pasadena Farmers Market. The program gives farmers the option to donate their produce to those in need, instead of letting it go to waste. Food Forward volunteers convene at the markets, distribute boxes to farmers wishing to donate, and then collect and weigh the boxes of full produce at the end of the market. Since its inception, Food Forward has already donated over 2,000 lbs of fresh produce to Pasadena’s own Friends in Deed—where it has been distributed, free of charge, to those who need it the most.




While Food Forward’s presence at the Pasadena Market is novel, Food Forward’s impact in the community is not. Food Forward began in 2009 with the simple idea of connecting the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in Southern California with the 1-in-6 food insecure Angelenos in need. Food Forward’s flagship program—the Backyard Harvest Program—gleans produce from local trees, and has recovered and donated of over 100,000 lbs of fresh produce to 17 receiving agencies in the San Gabriel Valley. Food Forward’s second program—the Farmers Market Recovery program—has now grown to include gleaning local produce at 15 farmers markets, including 6 west side markets, 2 South Bay markets, 3 central markets, 3 San Fernando Valley markets, and 1 San Gabriel Valley market.

To expand Food Forward’s impact in the San Gabriel Valley and to feed even more people in the community, Food Forward invites you to join in gleaning at participating markets.

Food Forward will glean produce from the Pasadena Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 20th and July 11th, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. To learn more and even register to help (only 1 or 2 spot left!), click through to the calendar and “4 Farmers Market Gleaning Events” for June 20th and July 11th.




Volunteers may sign up to recover produce on the Food Forward website at

For volunteers interested in an on-going leadership opportunity, Glean Team Leaders are needed to coordinate volunteers and oversee the distribution and donation of produce. GTLs are asked to commit to at least one market glean per month.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email




Food Forward
7412 Fulton Ave., #3
North Hollywood 91605
Tel.: 1.818.764.1022

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New Foodsteader workshops teach enthusiasts to make organic country loaf bread from “build to bake” with wild yeast. Rose of Red Bread leads the Pasadena-located class on June 27th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will use hi-gluten, whole wheat, and rye to create a classic rustic French loaf. Emphasis will be placed on proper kneading and shaping techniques, several will be explored to find what works best for you. We will bake our bread in class and send you home with dough to further practice your new skills. (

For more info, visit Cost: $125.


Rose Lawrence of Red Bread; photo sourced from

Rose Lawrence of Red Bread; photo sourced from


For those who are interested in beekeeping, honey, and mead making, the often controversial Urban Homestead offers a workshop on July 12th, 1-4 p.m. at Urban Homestead Annex in Pasadena. For more info, visit Cost: $125.

Food Forward offers a food preservation and cottage arts certificate program led by Chef Ernest Miller that “explores the history, techniques, and safety behind food preservation.” The curriculum includes hands-on lessons in jams, jellies, pickles, bread, beer, liqueur, charcuterie, and cheese. 2015 dates coming soon.




Food Forward also conducts harvest picks all over the county including grapefruits in West Lake on June 14th, oranges in Valley Village on June 18th, and a Father’s Day family pick (children must be 4 years and older) in West Hills on June 21st. Only 20 spots left. Find details on the FF calendar.











 All photos courtesy of Food Forward.








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