Arcata Educational Farm

Carolan Raleigh-Halsing and Michele Hauk joined me for an interview in the KHSU studio, click here  to listen.You can get information about the CSA and community garden plots by contacting  baysideparkfarm@cityofarcata.org or by calling 707-822-7091.

 The Arcata Educational Farm (AEF) has been operating as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm since 1993. It started as HSU’s student operated farm and held a variety of workshops, classes, tours, and fieldtrips. Originally HSU leased the land from the city. Last year HSU did not renew their lease and the farm is now transitioning into a CSA farm overseen by the City of Arcata. It is still operating as an educational site where people with a passion for food and community can learn to be farmers.

 Shares are priced at $400 for fullshare, and $250 for a halfshare. The 24 week share season starts in June and goes through October.

 During the growing season the farm offers internships (with credit available through HSU) and volunteer opportunities.

 The AEF is part of the Bayside Park located at 930 0ld Arcata Rd. The farm shares the 4 acre plot with the newly developed Bayside Park Community Garden. The community garden plots are 4’x25’ and are $75 for a 1-year rental, including water. The farm also has a Facebook page, which is updated with volunteer days and activities, pictures, and shareholder information.

 Crops we grow:

Arugula, Basil, Beet, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage (Green & Red), Carrot, Cauliflower, Chard, Cucumber (Lemon and Slicing), Collard, Fennel, Flowers, Garlic, Green Onions, Green Bean, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Pepper (Hot & Sweet), Parsnip, Potato, Pea, Pumpkin, Radish, Spinach, Strawberries, Summer Squash, Tomato (Cherry, Heirloom, Table), Tomatillo, Turnip, Winter Squash

 Herbs: basil, chive, cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, parsley, sage, calendula, chamomile

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Jerry Rohde, Local Historian

A few added tidbits of information for Jerry Rohde — did you know…”of a 74-pound cabbage grown near the Wildlife Refuge and an 18-inch-in-circumference onion from near College of the Redwoods. And of course there was the free cabbage seed given to residents of Loleta because a company contemplated starting a sauerkraut factory there.”  posted November 30, 2011

Local Historian Jerry Rohde shares some of the history of local food production after white settlers arrived in Humboldt County.  This two part interview was recorded in November 2010.  Part 1; Part 2

The historical photos were provided by Jerry Rohde and are part of the Humboldt County Historical Society collection.

Jerry Rohde and a fabulous field of lupine

Ferndale Fishing

Ferndale Creamery Truck

Fortuna Threshing

Loleta Butcher 1900

Baadsgaard's Turkey Ranch on Dow's Prairie

Famous Pepperwood Corn