The Fortuna Community Garden, a collaborative project that began almost a decade ago, recently moved locations and is preparing to reopen on the campus of Fortuna Junior Academy. The garden, operated by Fortuna Adventist Community Services, provides for the families who participate in it, and also for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Food Pantry and the Fortuna Adventist Community Service’s food pantry.
“This is a space solely for the benefit of our community!” said Sean Todd, project coordinator for the garden.
The reopening of the community garden is anticipated during April and May, per the completion of the irrigation and other projects.
“We are looking to work with the Fortuna Junior Academy and Humboldt County Office of Education in getting kids of Fortuna involved in learning gardening skills, the importance of food sovereignty, environmental stewardship, and eating and being healthy!” Todd shared.
In years prior at their old site, the Fortuna Community Garden hosted a local DIY homeschool group in gardening classes once a week throughout the summer and fall growing seasons. Plans are to continue and expand this garden’s outreach.
“We would like to personally thank Mark Hensen of Hensens Lawn and Garden, Keith Wininger of Wininger Farms, Nicholas Pronsolino of Table Bluff Farms, James Baer of Eel River Hay, Silas Sarvinski of College of the Redwoods Agriculture program, the Fortuna Junior Academy, Piersons Building Center, and McLean Foundation in all of their assistance and support thus far in getting us where we need to be,” adds Todd. “Looking forward to working with Aquadam and Wyckoffs in their generous efforts to get us water as well!”