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The Giving Farm in Orange County – 8 acres, 375 partners and 87,500 pounds of produce

Students in Westminster High School’s agriculture program harvest acorn squash growing in the fields at the school in Westminster.

“This is a small showcase of what agriculture can be for the new generations,” said third-generation Orange County farmer A.G. Kawamura, who served as California’s agriculture secretary from 2003 to 2010 and started the nonprofit OC Harvest, now known as Solutions for Urban Agriculture.

By Theresa Walker
Orange County Register
November 22, 2017

Excerpt:

The eight acres of farmland at Westminster High, the largest remaining public school farm in Orange County, is at the heart of an initiative to grow fresh produce for the food bank to give to those who rely on the bounty of others in times of need.

The food bank, run by Community Action Partnership out of a huge warehouse in Garden Grove, serves thousands of people through a distribution network of 375 partners that include houses of worship, soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers and family resource centers. The popularity of fresh food has grown in recent years, now accounting for about half of what the food bank provides. Most of it is purchased from farms in Central California.

Unveiled to the public at a fall festival ribbon cutting in late October, there are big plans for The Giving Farm and the school’s longtime Future Farmers of America program that include increasing the amount and variety of food grown; expanding the livestock operation, the orchard, and hydroponic and aquaponic farming; and creating a mentoring program, along with opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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