The impact of the Forgotten Harvest organization….

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 January 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

I had heard about the work that the Forgotten Harvest organization does many times before; on the radio, from friends, and from some of the stories from organizations that have benefited from their work.  But in a lot of ways, the breadth and scope of what the Forgotten Harvest folks do was lost on me — much like the way that one cannot fully grasp the breadth and scope of the Grand Canyon from stories alone… until you see it for yourself…

I — along with a group of Coretek folks — got to experience first-hand what Forgotten Harvest is all about when we dropped by the organization on January 4th.  With the comforts of the recent holidays and family events still upon us like a cozy sweater, and the excitement of the new year in our eyes like a glistening ray of hope, we sat down and got a dose of reality in the form of a quick lesson on some staggeringly distressing hunger statistics — and what the Forgotten Harvest organization is doing to remedy the problem (for examples of what we learned, please see the 2010 Forgotten Harvest Annual Report). 

We were immediately and deeply affected from the explanation of the vast needs of the community, the vast waste of food, and how these two things had no meaningful correlation before this wonderful organization began to stem the tide and actually solve two problems… just by being smart about them both.

And after a brief explanation of the work we’d be doing during our visit, we split up into teams and headed back under the guidance of Mike, our friendly shop Sargent and guide/instructor. 

For the next few hours, half of our group packaged grapefruit from large pallets into small bags and containers for easy distribution to food centers, shelters, etc.  These are perfectly good grapefruit that were just a tad too large, or bumpy, or green, and would not have sold well on a store shelf — and would otherwise end up in a landfill!  Pallet, after pallet… after pallet…  …of perfectly good fruit.

Meanwhile, the other half of our group went into a special section to work on packaging up beef jerky “ends” and “bent” pieces; fresh from the factory, perfectly good, but not fit for the grocery store packaging.  Bag after bag, after bag, of jerky was loaded onto pallet after pallet after pallet.   This is what I meant about the “Grand Canyon” simile above…

Out of the 40-43 participants, in about a 2+ hour time period, we packed roughly 8000 lbs. of food (5000 lbs. grapefruit, 3000 lbs. meat snacks).  Of course, being competitive people by nature, we couldn’t help making a bit of a contest out of the grapefruit vs. jerky teams (yay grapefruit!).  And while we were happy and proud to contribute the best way we could, everyone in the room became fully aware of the size of the challenge, the scope of the effort, and our small place in it.

It was a great experience.  I hope you will take a moment to find out more about the Forgotten Harvest organization, and see if you might be able to volunteer some time to help.

I know we’ll be back.


Happy New Moment!!

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 December 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Happy New…  Moment?

It is often said that there are two kinds of people:

  1. Those that see New Years Day as your one chance of the year to “start over”
  2. Those who see it as just another normal day

I see myself in both camps. 

What I mean is that I try to see *every* day — and each moment of every day — as an opportunity to “start over”;  and as a result, the possibility of change kinda’ becomes the norm.  Once you become aware that you are truly in charge of your own free will, then you may shape yourself as/when you see fit!

The way I see it, each moment (not just each year) is an opportunity to a.) renew, b.) strengthen, and/or c.) rest.  Let me explain.


Like most people, I cherish the opportunity to “start over” when needed.  Sometimes, when you’ve taken a good idea or philosophy as far as it can go, the only right thing to do is to drop it and move on.  We tend to hope that these things happen infrequently, but they do happen.  And when they do, why wait?  Do you really need to withhold significant, rejuvenative change until the calendar flips?  Of course not!


It is critical that we try to strengthen ourselves when the opportunity presents itself (of course, within reason and context).  Exercising an idea — like muscle — is the only way to test its validity and see if it can withstand resistance and/or adversity.  And as a result, we improve!


Rest is a critical and necessary part of life.  However, rest is only valuable in contrast!  Since renewal or strengthening (as in muscle repair) can sometimes cause fatigue, rest is the necessary healing element that provides rejuvenation.  On the other hand, rest — in combination with rest — is stagnancy… and stagnancy is… well, it’s not good. 

…But reminders are a good thing

And this is where we bring it all back around. 

I have to admit that countless precious moments go by in my life that I just don’t step back and think of all the things I could do, or all the things I could be, or all the change I could effect, etc.;  I’m just doing the best I can, being who I am, in the context of that moment.

I try, but I am human.  I benefit from reminders.  And it is good to stop for just a moment, and appreciate the utility of a celebratory reminder of who we have been, who we are, and who we are yet to be! 

And not to put too fine a point on it (too late), this is where I find the most value in — and join in with — the celebration of the New Year’s Day.   It is a great, big, celebration, and a reminder that each moment — any moment — can be the moment that leads to you becoming the best possible person you can be.

So Happy New Moment, everyone!  Make the best of every one.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Coretek Family!

2011-11-23T00:19:43+00:00 November 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

From all of us in the Coretek family, we would like to take a moment to extend our deepest gratitude to each of our customers, partners, to each other, and to you; please know that we are deeply appreciative of every precious opportunity to which we are entrusted, and that we will do everything possible to continue to deserve your loyalty and trust.

Thank you.

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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