The SoHum Park community farming allotment runs beside the beautiful Eel River. Local farmers and gardeners using this land are dedicated to wholesome stewardship of the land. Their mission is to provide fresh organic produce for our schools and community.
Agriculture and community gardening at the park began with Mishka Straka and Crockett Marr under the auspices of the “Farm and Garden Club.” By 2003 there were two acres of corn and pumpkins growing. From the beginning, the idea was to invite and include community participation. In 2005, the land was producing many crops using dryland farming methods. Favorites included watermelons, corn, and tomatoes.
Farm and Garden Club participants continue focusing on creating a farm for the future. We want a community where food is grown sustainably and enjoyed locally. Our vision is a farm where jobs are created and resources are recycled through composting.
Our farm has grown tens of thousands of watermelons without a drop of irrigation. We planted some trees. It was hard, but we learned how to fence out bears. And we contributed to the local economy. We built an electric tractor, and we remain committed to decreasing our petroleum footprint.
With several acres of good soil under cultivation, the Park farm produces a wide variety of seasonal, certified organic produce for the local retail market. Our produce also helps supply the farmers market and local restaurants. The farm hosts school group visits, an apprenticeship program, seed saving and food preservation workshops.