(Eureka)— The Rotary Club of Eureka was treated to a freshly-prepared salad lunch at Humboldt Hydro Farms Monday, April 25th. The event was held to demonstrate the Humboldt County Office of Education’s (HCOE) Hydro Farms’ state-of-the-art commercial-sized greenhouse at Redwood Acres. The greenhouse operation is a part of HCOE’s Court & Community Schools.
Hydro Farms instructor, Mark Johnson told the group about how the project benefits students with vocational and educational experiences that can lead to careers. The Hydro Farms instructional program is administered through HCOE’s Community Schools’ Educational Resource Center.
The expansive growing facility grows produce that is sold to individuals and groups, and some is donated to non-profit organizations like Food for People.
Eureka Rotary Club President, Klark Swan said, “I am so grateful to live in a community that is constantly looking for ways to partner. Humboldt Hydro Farms is a perfect example of HCOE partnering with local businesses, restaurants and Food for People. I strongly recommend looking for the students selling produce at an upcoming Eureka Friday Night Market.”
“Humboldt Hydro Farms helps to reinforce academic knowledge with applied industry-specific skills,’ said Colby Smart, Ed.D, Humboldt County Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, ”CTE Teacher, Mark Johnson and Court & Community School Principal, Felicia Doherty, have built an exceptional program that is helping prepare students for a future in this growing industry in Humboldt County. It is through partnerships with American Hydroponics, Redwood Acres and others that help make this program truly impactful for our community’s youth. Thanks to Eureka Rotary for spending an afternoon with us.”