Restoring the historic light keeper’s garden at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse has long been a dream for the Bureau of Land Management’s Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Friends of Yaquine Lighthouses.

The garden fed the keeper and his family during an era when keepers only received sporadic food deliveries.

Thanks to grants from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and the Oregon Cultural Trust, produce is once again growing – but this time it will feed clients of the local food bank.

AmeriCorps volunteers prepared the garden beds for planting in March, then second graders from Eddyville Charter School – with help from high school students — planted purchased seeds, seedlings they had started and potatoes on May 27.

A fence to replicate historical photographs will be constructed later in the summer.