Our AmeriCorps Team Rocks our World!
For the month of April, Noyo Food Forest had 8 wonderful, hard working, fun, motivated, talented AmeriCorps NCCC Members at the Learning Garden. These young men and women have installed large projects including a full underground automated irrigation system, with funding provided by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and the supervision and expertise of Bruce Broderick, Being Water. The team also built potato bins fully lined with gopher wire- a process which included digging a 35 foot trench three feet deep, massive compost stacks, and our orchard in the north field. They have been a huge help with the weekly harvests for the Fort Bragg school lunches, Farmers Market and our commercial accounts. To improve the drought resistant landscaping at Noyo High School, they installed weed cloth and wood chips - supplied through generous donations from Fort Bragg Rotary, Rossi’s and Dirt Cheap.
The accomplishments of this energetic group Americorps Team are amazing. They have dug down the paths between all the production beds and created swales in the new east hoop house, were our set-up, break down and running crew for our 6th Annual Earth Day Festival, completely cleaned out, inventoried, painted and reassembled the tool shed and installed three 100 foot biodynamic accumulator beds in north field for organic composting.
Noyo Food Forest shares our “AmeriFriends” with the Mendocino Coast State parks, where they have been removing invasive plants and other doing other deferred maintenance. In their time here, these bright young people, in service to America, have made a huge difference to the sustainable future and beauty of our north coast community.