News from Local Gardens

Garden at River Community Homes, Inc.
The members of River Community Homes, Inc. would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the North Coast Community Garden Collaborative and Elk River Nursery, who donated the wonderful starts we have been gifted with in the last couple of months. These contributions have made the difference between a garden that has been languishing for many years to what is now a vital source of joy and inspiration for our little village. 
RCHI is a nonprofit cooperative complex of 40 apartments in Arcata that has been providing subsidized housing for families, as well as disabled and elderly individuals, for nearly 30 years. Our community garden is made up of twelve 3x8 and 4x8 raised beds. Each bed is allotted to interested co-op members based on a priority system designed to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to work a plot at some point.
For quite some time, only about a quarter of the plots seemed to be worked regularly. The garden was overgrown, looking and feeling sadly neglected. However, thanks to our linking up with North Coast Community Garden Collaborative, it has now been turned around. At this time, only three beds are still waiting to be planted....and two of those will be finished this next week. 
This year, a number of the plot users are first-time gardeners who were not sure how to begin. Once we had the starts coming in, it gave us a definite direction. Many of us joined together and helped prepare each others' plots, and a few are even working plots together. It has definitely helped to put the "community" back in our community garden. We can't wait to share the fruits of our labors at our monthly potlucks. We've also talked about having some vegetable cooking classes together, as many of us want to learn more ways to incorporate our fresh produce into our diets. 
For more information about the garden, please contact Roxanne at (707) 825-9235.

RAVEN Project Garden
The RAVEN Project garden, also known as "The Garden of Eatin'," has been keeping youth participants busy as bees. We just harvested some monstrous garlic, are pumping out numerous artichokes, and have strawberries, zucchini, pumpkins, and pretty flowers on the way. Volunteers from the community are always welcome to help out during Youth Garden Group, every Sunday from 2-4PM. Donations are also welcome. We are currently in need of clean soil and tools for clearing weeds - anything from a hoe to a weed-whacker, to a friendly goat (just to borrow!). For more information or to volunteer or donate, please contact Jacqui at or (707)443-7099 ext 820.

Grants for Community Gardens

The North Coast Community Garden Collaborative is pleased to announce funding for community gardens in Humboldt County in the form of a small grants program. These grants are made possible with funds from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. For this grant a community garden is generally a public garden that is accessible to a group of individuals or families with a focus on food production. Eligible gardens may apply for up to $500 for garden supplies. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY JULY 6, 2012, and awardees will be announced by July 20, 2012. More information is available at the North Coast Community Garden Collaborative’s website, For any additional questions please contact Debbie at or (707) 269-2071.
Upcoming Events

- Small Grants for Community Gardens Application Due: Friday July 6. For more information visit or call Debbie at (707) 269-2071.

- Flicks on the Farm: "Food Matters." Saturday July 14 at dusk (by 9pm), at Bayside Park Farm and Garden, 930 Old Arcata Road. Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy a documentary about the effects of food on human health and the environment. For more information please call Courtney at (805) 459-4122.

- Garden Workshop: Composting. Sunday July 15 from 11am-3pm at Bayside Park Farm and Garden, 930 Old Arcata Road. Learn from Michael Kosaki about making healthy soil, including building a compost tea brewer from a 5 gallon bucket. The cost is $20 to community members (proceeds go to the Farm) and free for students with a valid ID. For more information please call Courtney at (805) 459-4122.

- Garden Workshop: Insect and Pest Management. Saturday July 28 at 10:30am. Hosted by Levon of the Permaculture Guild, at the Bayside Park Farm and Garden, 930 Old Arcata Road. Free workshop; donations accepted. For more information please call Courtney at (805) 459-4122.

- Free Produce Markets. Hosted by Food For People, at locations around the county. Market is iin Eureka on the third Thursday of the month from 12-2pm; in Fortuna on the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30am to 1:30pm; in Garberville on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:30am and 12pm; and in Redway on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For locations or more information please contact Food For People at (707) 445-3166.

Community Garden Collaborative
Gardening Gazette is a free publication of the North Coast Community Garden Collaborative, a support network of and for community gardens and partners working to increase access to fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods for all North Coast residents. There are many ways you can support community gardens, like donating time, expertise, money, or gardening supplies such as amendments and tools. For more information about the Collaborative please visit or contact Debbie at (707) 269-2071.

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