Abuelita Community Garden prepares for Fall

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Falling temperatures are no problem for the community garden on T Street in Eureka. Volunteers there works to grow food for the hungry all year round. Friday the Abuelita Community Garden hosted a volunteer work day to plant winter crops like bok choi.

“We’re going to be transitioning into fall and then into winter so I’m kind of just focusing on stuff that will grow in our climate here.” Garden Coordinator Mitra Abiti explains, “We actually can grow quite a bit of food through the winter here in Humboldt, and along the coast. I see people who have never done it before and I ask them to weed for 10 minutes and by the end of that ten minutes they’re like ‘Oh this is really fun! I love weeding!’ It’s been really cool to spread all the food all around Eureka.”

The beauty of community gardens, organizers explain, is their ability to break up a ‘concrete jungle.’ Using green space to grow food is something anyone can do. Successful plots like this one, Abiti hopes, will show community members what they can do as independent gardeners.

All of the kale, lettuce, and other crops harvested by volunteers go to Redwood Community Action Agency kitchens. The garden is part of the North Coast Community Garden Collaborative. If you would like to volunteer you can visit the group on Facebook, or email Abiti at mitra@nrscaa.org