It's Harvest Time at the Coachella Valley High School Farm!
In our latest creative solution to supplement our gleaning efforts to bring more fresh produce to those that need it, HH has revitalized the historic Coachella Valley High School Farm. With the help of student farmers-in-the-making, HH will harvest thousands of pounds of produce from our Fall and Spring crops.
Hidden Harvest will continue with our usual activities - we've just added farming to our repertoire.
Farm Up Date - January, 2014
Our own farm grown, and pampered Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage are being harvested and delivered directly to our Senior Markets. It doesn't get any fresher than that!
"If feels good," said Israel Nicolas, a senior at CVHS who helped fill a hefty crate of broccoli on Tuesday. "It felt good to put something in the earth, and it feels good now food has come out."
Carrots should be ready to harvest in just a few weeks.
Huffington Post article about Hidden Harvest, 2/14/2013.
Fun Photo album from Bill Clinton's visit in January 2013!
Our latest videos:
Making healthy food accessible to seniors
Hidden Harvest is helping those who can’t afford fresh produce by gathering surplus fresh fruits and vegetables from fields and orchards and redistributing them. NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports in the official "Making a Difference" segment.
Clinton: Hidden Harvest model is replicable
NBC’s Nancy Snyderman spoke with former President Bill Clinton about the Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative and the success of Hidden Harvest, a company that rescues unwanted produce and gets it to the needy.
Eye-opening to see the desperate need for food
Christy Porter founded Hidden Harvest, an organization that employs the working poor to rescue produce left in farmers' fields to feed the hungry.
Hidden Harvest is a produce recovery program that employs low income farm workers to "rescue" produce that is left behind in the fields and orchards after harvest.
Millions of pounds of produce are left for a variety of reasons — cosmetic blemishes, overproduction, dwindling market price. We also recover many hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce each year from area packing houses. This fresh and nutritious produce is delivered free of charge to over 60 local agencies that serve the poor and hungry.
Through our over 60 client agencies and our own HH efforts such as our twice monthly "Senior Markets" and monthly "Healthy Fairs", HH is providing fresh, local produce for more than 44,000 low income residents of eastern Riverside County each month.
Hidden Harvest programs are committed to helping low-income people feed themselves by providing employment opportunities, garden space, water, seeds and more. Additional services include nutrition instruction in local schools and health fairs.
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Send your tax-deductible contribution to:
P.O. Box 266
Coachella CA 92236
To learn about other ways you can help us fight hunger in the Coachella Valley, contact us.