Partnering with Local Organizations to Promote a Healthier Community
The Community Park partners with local community organizations and farmers to offer fresh food and outreach services to the Southern Humboldt community. The Park strives to be a food hub by linking local farmers to existing food delivery programs, and to local families through our CalFresh Outreach program.
Our CalFresh Outreach Program copies a modified CSA* structure, but serves the sector of Humboldt county’s “food insecure” population. We deliver weekly baskets of fresh food from spring to fall. These baskets contain locally grown produce, meat and eggs, as well as literature with recipes and nutrition resources.
Produce comes from local Southern Humboldt farms, including The Community Farm located at the Park, Flood Plain Produce, Briceland Forest Farm, Feisty Dog Orchard and over a dozen other local organic farms, ranches and bakeries. These supply fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, honey and cider. Our Program subsidizes the cost for eligible families, seniors and local safety-net organizations providing hot meals to those in need. Such organizations include the Garberville Food Pantry, the Healy Senior Center, and WISH Women’s Shelter.
Participating individuals and families are usually connected with other service organizations: Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center, Beginnings School, Healy Center, and Community Cornerstone.
In the 2018 summer season, more than 20,000 fresh meals were served locally through our CalFresh Outreach program. It is likely we will deliver more than 25,000 meals during the upcoming 2019 season.
Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle
The Park also encourages health and well-being through access to safe outdoor recreation. The Park, its farm, farm animals and 3.5 miles of easy trails and the various facilities such as the Disc Golf course and Skate Ramp offer participants numerous opportunities for fun exercise and enjoyment of the beauty of the land. Many find it a pleasure to incorporate recreation into their daily routine in this beautiful natural setting.
*CSA = “Community Supported Agriculture,” usually a subscription based program offering weekly delivery of produce by a farmer paid in full at the beginning of the growing season.