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NEWS FROM ONE STEP AL LA VEZ (OSALV) AND HOUSE FARM WORKERS (HFW)

fromFieldtoForkThe Central Station Development at the corner of Main Street and Mountain View St. in Fillmore is an example of the type of housing that is made possible through the advocacy of HFW Ventura County, and the efforts of non-profit builders such as CECD-Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation.

On July 21st several members of the OSALV Board of Directors got tickets to attend the annual Field to Fork Dinner hosted at Tierra Rejada Ranch. This is the primary fundraiser for House Farm Workers Ventura County. Pastor Bethany and Josh Trapasso were also volunteers at the event, along with seven of the youth from the OSALV Center. This year House Farm Workers was able to give out three $1000 scholarships to children of farmworkers who are entering college this fall. The recipients had all overcome amazing odds in order to keep their grades up and graduate from one of the County High Schools.   One of the recipients had primarily slept in the kitchen of the house, which his family shared with another family, throughout his high school years. The only quiet time he could find to do homework was in the middle of the night! Nevertheless he graduated with over a 4.0 GPA and managed to participate in a number of extracurricular activities.   All of the recipients and most applicants for the scholarships had persevered despite every opportunity to do otherwise. Some of them worked with their parents, supervised younger siblings, and completed much of their school work under very trying conditions.

The Field to Fork Dinner held at the walnut grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch generates close to $100,000 annually to fund advocacy and education that promotes affordable rental housing for farmworker families and retired farmworkers. Most of the money is due to sponsorships from farming concerns in Ventura County, including Limoniera Ranch, Reiter Bros Berry Farms, Leavens Ranches, Boskovich Farms, Brokaw Ranch Company, Tierra Rejada Ranch, Lloyd Butler Partnerships, and Farm Credit West. There are also sponsorships from community leaders who work with farming, the Ventura County Farm Bureau, Cabrillo Economic Development, and Coastal Occupational Medical Group.

The dinner is held annually in July, and accommodates about 250 people. The setting and food are spectacular. The Chefs Ernie Borjas, Anastashia Chavez, Gabe Garcia, Kai Krupa, and John Paolone, led by Tim Kilcoyne ( Scratch Food Truck) outdid themselves this year to provide a four course dinner, complete with wine, beer and limonchello.

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Susan Johnson

BOD OSALV

BOD HFW Ventura County

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