Smith River Rancheria’s community garden has been organic certified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The products grown and handled on Gilbert Creek property are according to strict procedures that involve no toxic chemical products. Any fertilizers, sprays or other products used in the garden must be Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) certified as organic. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more chemicals from getting into vegetables we eat, the air, earth and water that sustain us.
Organically grown food is significantly higher in the essential vitamins and nutrients that your body uses in its defense against diseases such as cancer. Organic food also greatly reduces the intake of harmful chemicals in the human body, as organic food production does not use any pesticides, growth hormones, harmful fertilizers, or toxic artificial additives like flavoring, coloring or preservatives. Organic food arrives at the market in its natural state with its nutrient content intact. It tastes better, stores better and is better for you, your family and the environment.
Become a Garden Volunteer for the Smith River Rancheria. Gardening is a form of relaxation and exercise. Like any other regular physical activity, gardening can help reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis and stroke. Help us maintain our community garden and watch it grow for our tribal members. Beginning and maintaining an Organic Garden will take some work, but it will not be in vain when you can sit back and enjoy some culinary delights from the vegetables and herbs you have received.
Pictures: Above: green house. Left: vegetables. Right: Summer Youth work-ers Shalawn Lopez and Patricia Haney.
Article: Tessa LaFazio
Pictures: Natalie Moss