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Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) is a locally based, private non-profit organization that provides a wide range of services to low and moderate income residents of Humboldt County. Our long-term goal is to develop programs through which people can become self-sufficient and empowered to improve their own lives. There are 52 Community Action Agencies in California and approximately 1,100 nationwide.

The concept of community action has been part of the American social fabric for over fifty years. The primary mission of this nationwide movement is to "eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty."


Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA)

904 G Street

Eureka, CA 95501

707-269-2001


ABUELITA'S COMMUNITY GARDEN

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Falling temperatures are no problem for the community garden on T Street in Eureka. Volunteers there work 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