Bob Biniarz — Mateel Community Center Lunch Program

Bob Binarz is involved in an annual fundraiser for Mateel Community Center Lunch Program which features food as art.  To listen to the interview click here

Sarah Brunner — Mobile Poultry Processing Facility

Sarah Brunner and one of her flock

The Mobile Poultry Processing Facility (AKA The Abbitoirre, french for Slaughterhouse) is the result of years of hard work by Sarah Brunner, owner of Wild Chick Farm. 

The Abbatoir - Mobile Processing Facility

To listen to the interview with Sarah Brunner click here.  In the meantime, for more information about the MPPF, go to or email the Humboldt Poultry Cooperative at

Sarah moving the Chicken Tractor

The Poultry Cooperative consists of several poultry and rabbit producers including Melanie and Kevin from Shakefork Farm; Ash and Dave from Buck and Daisy; and Sarah Brunner from Wild Chick Farm.

And don't forget the turkeys!

For those who are raising small flocks of chickens (processing 10-15 at a time) the Poultry Cooperative is working on a small scale processing structure that will be pulled by a small flatbed truck — stay tuned for more information on that project as it develops.

Humboldt Poultry Collaborative in the Abbattoir


Chef Karen Phillips — Cooking Classes for Food for People

To listen to an interview with Chef Karen Phillips click here

Community Gardens

Helen discusses the work that is being done through First 5 Humboldt to assist with development and support of community gardens in Humboldt County.

To listen to the interview with Helen click here

Helen L’Annunziata
Better Together-Community Coordinator
First 5 Humboldt

The Redwood Community Action Agency’s RAVEN and Demonstration garden blossoms with additional native plants and herbs. The produce grown in the garden, including artichokes, lettuce, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower, and helps feed members of our community who are houseless.

Native Plants as food — Gisela Rohde

Self-taught naturalist Gisela Rohde discusses ethnobotany as described to ethnographers in the late 1800s and early 1900s by native people in Humboldt County.  Two separate interviews discuss Berries and Bulbs; Seeds, Nuts and Acorns; and, Greens, Plants as Seasoning, and plants used as cooking tools.  To Listen to this 2-part interview with Gisela:

 Part 1

Part 2

Berries include Bearberry —

and Thimbleberry — whose large leaves were used to separate salmon filets in a similar way that we use waxed paper today.










 Chlorogalum Kunth – soapplant

©Mark W. Skinner. United States, CA, Tuolumne Co., Red Hills. April 17, 1990.Any use of copyrighted images requires notification of the copyright holder.

Bulbs include the fantastic soap plant that could be eaten, used for it’s sudsing and cleaning power, and after roasting a brush could be made out of the inedible part for cleaning (it looks like a shaving brush)

Pussy ears (Calochortus tolmiei) The bulbs were eaten by many native people:

Rosy firecracker flower (Dicherlostemma ida-maia x congestum) is another bulb that was harvested by many native people.

One of the most important food for many native people in Humboldt County was the acorn.  While the tan oak plant really isn’t an oak — the seed was ground into a flour that many people thought was the very best of all the acorn meals.

Lithocarpus densiflorus (Hook. & Arn.) Rehder