Daluviwi’ Community Garden

Volunteer Opportunities
Garden Curriculum
Daniel Holsapple, BLR

Fall 2021

Daluviwi’ Community Garden Update

Here at Blue Lake Rancheria’s Daluviwi’ Community Garden things are winding down for the season and we can’t believe the summer went by so quickly! We have been enjoying a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and leafy greens this year and while we have already harvested 540 pounds of produce there still more to come. We have several different brassicas as well as carrots, beets, kale, spinach, and chard still in the ground. On top of this, our flock of twenty coturnix quail produced an incredible 2102 eggs this year and are now resting comfortably as the laying season has come to a close.

A lot happened this summer; with the help of a Cooperative Community Fund grant offered through the North Coast Co-op we’ve got one of the high tunnel’s up and running with roll-up sides and the second will be ready to go before the end of October. Initially we will be growing brassicas, spinach, and green onions in the high tunnels but we also plan to experiment with citrus and other crops that need a longer growing season and warmer temperatures. We also received funding through a USDA Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Grant that will help us to significantly expand and improve our composting system. Our compost piles receive all the spent grain and pre-consumer fruit and vegetable scraps from the Casino kitchen and the Elder’s Nutrition Program. We will be expanding the system to receive compostable materials from outside the Rancheria as well. To help with this, Green Diamond Resource Company has generously offered to drop off woodchips at the garden on a regular basis. This will provide the brown material we need to make healthy, active compost piles and will allow us to thoroughly mulch the garden to help conserve water, reduce erosion, and incorporate organic matter into the soil.

That’s not all though! We installed a small chicken coop and will be building a chicken tractor over the winter so that we can start raising some hens next spring. This will also allow us to teach students about rotational grazing practices and the hens will provide additional nutrients to our compost piles.

Speaking of students, we had two wonderful interns working with us this season. One, from Arcata High School has designed a tea garden that we will be installing in the Community Garden this fall and in the spring. Our other intern from Humboldt State University has been a huge help as well, assisting in regular garden maintenance along with creating environmental outreach materials for youth. We are looking forward to their continued involvement in the garden next year!

In other news, our Farm Stand has been up and running for a couple months now and we have been selling a bunch of produce there on Friday afternoons. Swing by to see what’s available, we’re open from 1:00-4:00 PM, look for the awesome produce mural our Graphic Design Interns painted over the summer!

Now that it’s October, we have been working to tidy up the garden for the winter months. We have also started prepping beds for seven different garlic varieties that we will be planting around Halloween. We also will be weeding and mulching our new Native garden that was installed over the summer. The plants for this project came from an NRCS Native Hedgerow program that helps small farms build pollinator habitat while protecting their farms from strong winds. We are very excited to watch these plants grow over the coming years and can’t wait to teach people about them.

As always volunteers are welcome in the garden and folk are encouraged to reach out to Daniel Holsapple, the Community Garden Manager for ways to get involved.


Farm Stand Progress

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe started construction on the site where a farm stand will be located at the tribe’s Daluviwi’ Community Garden. The farm stand will be part of the tribe’s food sovereignty educational programming, where community members will be able to sell their produce and learn about agricultural marketing, distribution, and sales, after the tribe secured a $50,000 grant from the Native American Agriculture Fund. After construction is complete, an internship will be offered to a Native American youth interested in helping run the farm stand during the summer months. The internship will be offered through Pathmakers, an education program that focuses on hands-on learning.⁠ The 4-year program was developed by the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, Humboldt County Office of Education, and⁠ Northern Humboldt Union High School District.

Blue Lake Rancheria 4-H Agriculture Program

1.) Join 4-H

4-H Online Enrollment

2.) Registration:

Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Education Agency
4-H Agriculture Program

3.) Covid-19 Precautionary Behavior Standards & Assurances

The following are precautionary behavioral standards & assurances that comply with the Humboldt County approved re-opening plan for these activities. Participants shall adhere to these standards while participating in the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Education Agency’s 4-H Agriculture Program.

As a condition of participation in the 4-H Agriculture Program, I agree to the following Covid-19 precautionary behaviors. I will:


  • Answer all the following questions at the beginning of each session:
    • Have you come into contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case in the last 14 days?
    • Have you or anyone you live with experienced any symptoms including cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or other signs of illness within the last 24 hours?
    • Have you taken any fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours?


  • Exclude myself from activities if I have a temperature of 100.4F, or am experiencing any symptoms of illness, notifying the Program leaders by phone, text, or email that I will not be attending prior to the session’s start time; and
  • Keep six (6) feet of separation between myself and others at all times while at the Blue Lake Rancheria Community Garden and participating in this program, and not engage in horseplay or any potential actions that could infringe upon the six (6) foot separation; and Wear a mask at all times while participating in this program and its activities, removing it briefly only to eat or drink. My mask will be in place prior to approaching the gathering area at the beginning of each session and will remain in place until I have left; and
  • Wash my hands or use hand sanitizer before arriving at Blue Lake Rancheria Community Garden, or immediately following arrival at a provided sanitizing station, and will sanitize my hands before and after touching any pre-packaged food/snacks, water bottles, eating, and using the restroom facilities; and
  • Sneeze or cough into my shoulder or elbow, not my hands, even when wearing a mask, nor will I cause bodily fluids to be disbursed (no spitting, kissing, licking, etc.); and
  • Use precautionary actions, such as using a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet, and wash my hands for 20 seconds using soap after using the restroom, using single use paper towels to dry my hands thoroughly; and
  • Label my personal items (i.e. composition books and pencils), keep them separate from others personal items, and not touch or handle other persons’ personal items.

Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Education Agency
4-H Agriculture Program

4.) Medical Release & Consent to Treat

Consent to Treat

In the event of illness or injury during my student’s participation in the 4H Agriculture Program, I do hereby consent to whatever X-ray examination, anesthetic, medical, surgical or dental diagnosis or treatment and hospital care that are considered necessary in the best judgement of the attending physicians or dentist and performed by or under the supervision of a member of the medical staff of the hospital or facility furnishing medical or dental services.


5.) Image Release

This release form authorizes Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe the use of your child's name, city, and photo for electronic and print media advertising and promotional material. Any and all other information will be kept confidential.

I hereby expressly grant Blue Lake Rancheria and its employees, agents and assignees the right to photograph my child and and the use of their picture, silhouette and other reproductions of their physical likeness (as the same may appear in any still camera photography, social media, video and/or motion picture film/commercial), in and in connection with the exhibition theatrically, on television, or otherwise, of any motion pictures in which the same may be used or incorporated, and/also in the advertising/publicizing of any such motion picture/product, not limited to television, print reproduction or motion pictures. I further give my consent to said company the right to reproduce in any manner whatsoever any recordings made by said company of my voice and all instrumental, musical or other sound effects produced by me.  I enter into this agreement willingly and expect no compensation, either monetary or through gift of physical items and/or services.




TEL: 707.668.5101
FAX: 707.668.4272
EMAIL: info@

Marlee Mansfield-Chavez
Community Services Coordinator

Daniel Holsapple
Community Garden Manager
(707) 668-5101 (ext. 1062)

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Blue Lake Rancheria
PO BOX 428
Blue Lake, CA 95525

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