The three-acre Potawot Community Food Garden provides the UIHS community with a wide range of fresh, organically grown produce. From June through October the garden and greenhouses are filled with carrots, broccoli, pumpkins, greens, corn, strawberries, flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. The organic produce is distributed to the UIHS community through a bi-weekly produce stand as the clinic and through subscription to the Kay woi basket membership program.
During the winter months a large portion of the garden is covered with nitrogen fixing legumes and grasses that rejuvenates the soil. The entire fence surrounding the garden is planted with edible berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, filberts, and a variety of other delicious berries.
The adjoining Potawot Herb Garden provides the UIHS community with both traditional American Indian and European culinary and medicinal herbs. The Potawot Community Food Garden offers educational opportunities through a series of workshops on nutrition, organic agriculture, and hands-on internships during the summer months. Contact the UIHS Nutrition office for more information about the food garden.
As a component of the Food is Good Medicine project, UIHS produced a garden guide known as Food is Good Medicine: A practical Guide to Growing Food in Northwestern California and is available at the Potawot Health Village Administration Department.
For information on volunteer opportunities in the Potawot Community Food Garden call (707) 825-5000.