Tessa & Jesse working the farm stand
Always smiling, Tessa and Jesse run the Farm Stand

Fresh Seasonal Produce at the Farm Stand

Did you know you can buy fresh seasonal produce at the Park? Yes!!! Community Park Farm (so called because it is located on Park Property) offers fresh produce 5 days per week at the Farm Stand. You can purchase fresh onions, garlic, lettuce, tomatoes, summer squash, cantaloupe,. depending on the current harvest. It’s well worth a stop for goodies this fresh, organic produce.

Bringing local, sustainable farming to the community

The SoHum Park community farming allotment is located 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 of 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 fruit trees. It was hard, but we learned how to fence out bears. And we’ve 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.

About the Community Park Farm

Mykal Coelho is the current farmer on the area of the Southern Humboldt Community Park now under cultivation. He grows fruits, vegetables, raises pigs and chickens. He also operates the Farm Stand where seasonal vegetables and fruits are available to the public for purchase. (The tomatoes are spectacular.)

Farmer at Work in field

Besides the Farm Stand, Mykal is one of many suppliers for the Park’s CalFresh Outreach Program, and local restaurants and grocery stores as well as having a booth at Garberville’s Farmers Market each Friday (May through October).

His farming practices include rotational grazing, pasture poultry, the use of cover crops, composting and vermiculture.