We’re pleased to award our fourth Regenerating Communities Grant to Table Bluff Farm, of Loleta, CA. Table Bluff Farm is a first-generation, woman-owned, 2-acre regenerative micro farm, nestled between the mouth of the Eel River, the Pacific Ocean, and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The farm is situated between the main township of Loleta and the Wiyot Tribe Reservation on Table Bluff.
Owner Hannah Eisloeffel and her partner, Nicholas Pronsolino, currently serve about 60 households in the community through a pay-as-you-go CSA program. In accordance with the holistic model of regenerative agriculture (soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness), Hannah’s goal with this grant is to create a physical farm stand building at her farm to serve as a local food hub serving a rural community. The farm stand is important because it will serve a historically disadvantaged community that lacks access to many resources, including fresh food. There aren’t any places to buy fresh vegetables within a seven-mile radius. On the winding, pothole-ridden roads in the area, that makes it an average 12-minute drive from Loleta’s Main Street to a grocery store in the nearby towns of Eureka or Fortuna, and even longer for some folks living further out on the Bluff.
Hannah envisions the farm stand as an oasis in the middle of a food desert. While having the farm has allowed her to do farm-to-door deliveries, it has long been her desire to sell her regeneratively grown, low- to no-till produce, no-till cut flowers, and pastured eggs and meats in a fixed location to those in her immediate community.