- January – Our first HH / CV High School farm harvest! Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage harvested and distributed to our own Senior Markets. Farm to table in 24 hours!! The student farmers had the opportunity to participate in the full cycle of planting, weeding, harvesting and distributing – giving new understanding to the farming process as well as community involvement. They are terrific ambassadors for their school and the Agriculture Education program
March – Spring crops are in at the HH/CVHS Farm! Persian melons, cucumbers and summer squash planted under plastic row cover.
January – HH Executive Director, Christy Porter sits on a discussion panel at the 2013 Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference.
Later President Bill Clinton pays a visit to Hidden Harvest Headquarters! NBC film crews were also filming a segment for NBC Nightly News, with Dr. Nancy Snyderman reporting on health issues and the importance of healthy food access for everyone.
- September – Hidden Harvest and CV High School join forces to bring the CVHS farm back into production with the intention of creating a model teaching farm where Agriculture Education students, Culinary Arts students, FFA and 4-H students will have hands on, practical experience in all phases of a small farm and fresh food production, while providing a source of fresh produce for Hidden Harvest to distribute to agencies serving families in need.
- First crops planted at CV High School Farm with help from Ag students.
- December – In our newest out-of-the-box idea to acquire more produce for our clients, HH partners with a generous local small farmer in a Grow Our Own project. Our farm partner “gave” us four rows to plant, maintain and harvest our own produce and he would supply the water and fertilizer. We grew and harvested broccoli on our four rows. The project was a positive first step in our quest for a more predictable supply of produce.
- November - Hidden Harvest is on TV again! November 18, 2012, CBS Sunday Morning News with Charles Osgood in a segment about food waste in America.
- Hidden Harvest is featured on the newly launched Clinton Health Matters Initiative website: www.clintonhealthmatters.org
- California Senator Barbara Boxer awards HH the Senate's "Health Care Champions Award" for "exceptional work in providing health benefits to Californians."
- People Magazine profiles HH founder in "Heroes Among Us" feature.
- HH receives $141,000 grant from Regional Access Project Foundation.
- HH appears on Univison's Despierta America! program nationwide.
- "Success For Women" Magazine profiles HH exec! in Winter 08 issue.
- In late March the crops rebound and Hidden Harvest puts hundreds of fields workers back to work harvesting everything from artichokes to zucchinis. Hidden Harvest serves more than 12,000 food bank clients in March, up from 7,000 in December of 2006.
- HH, in partnership with the City of Indian Wells, begins valleywide citrus "rescue" -- 65 tons in year one. Millions of pounds of Coachella Valley citrus used for landscaping are heaped into landfills every year. HH and IW vow to improve their recovery plan each year.
- In April, Christy is named the Outstanding Nonprofit Executive in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties by the Resource Center for Nonprofit Management.
- In October, Christy is honored with the Minerva Award by First Lady Maria Shriver. Created by Maria Shriver in 2004, the Minerva Awards are named after the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and Justice portrayed on the California state seal. According to Shriver, Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions to California in the arts, health and sciences, community activism and other arenas.
- Christy's Minerva Award was presented at the California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women, the largest women's conference in the nation. The achievements of Christy and other Minerva Award winner are chronicled in a permanent exhibit at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento. Other Minerva honorees include astronaut Sally Ride, Billie Jean KIng, Gloria Steinem, and former first lady Betty Ford.
- A happy day -- Francisco Linares comes to work for Hidden Harvest, single-handedly improving our efficiency and output nearly overnight. Every Executive Director ought to have one, but you can't have mine! Thanks Fran!! for all you do.
- Late this year and in early 2007 the Coachella Valley suffers an 85% crop loss due to the worst freeze in more than 30 years. Hidden Harvest leads the way in providing food and other assistance for freeze victims. Our emergency efforts generate weeks of media coverage as well as editorial support from local news outlets. The public responds with overwhelming generosity to help feed their neighbors.
- Hidden Harvest adds another 20-foot box truck to their fleet, a gift in part from the Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Congregation.
- Hidden Harvest gains the leadership of a sterling new Board of Directors. The board members extensive business experiences run the spectrum from Silicon Valley to manufacturing and aviation. HH continues to harvest more and more produce and employ hundreds of field workers during the course of the year.
- The board makes a commitment to raise all of HH's operating costs themselves so that 100% of public donation and revenue from foundation grants will go directly to the project.
- HH begins its popular annual bus tour of the Coachella Valley's rich agricultural fields. The tour is hosted by super-farmer and HH board member Mark Nickerson of PrimeTime International.
Hidden Harvest hits the 1,000,000 mark!
- HH builds a community garden with 300 raised beds at our facility in Coachella. Classes on the "Square Foot Gardening Method" are launched.
- More local farms team up with Hidden Harvest to help feed the Coachella Valley's needy.
- Over 40 agencies receive donated produce from HH during the year.
- Local chefs begin developing recipes for produce as it is harvested and recipes are delivered to agencies along with the fruits and vegetables.
- Hidden Harvest is founded by Christy Porter, a former award-winning photojournalist and afficionado of fresh produce and those who grow it. The Desert Community Foundation helps Hidden Harvest get started by purchasing a 17,000 square foot warehouse headquarters on 3½ acres in Coachella. The new headquarters, built in the 1930s, was originally a packing house for grapefruit and dates. Work begins on restoration of the building, which had been empty for years. Over 7,000 square feet of cold storage space is restored.
- HH friends Larry and Bonnie Pittman donate a forklift, changing our life in ways we can't believe. Who knew you didn't have to carry every box of tomatoes??!!
- Executive director Christy Porter receives the Harry Chapin World Hunger Year Award, honoring innovators in community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.