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Your Business…Thinking Outside Your Hometown – Humboldt County CA.

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Community | Tags: , , |

When I first started thinking about creating my own business or expanding my business skills my husband told me,  “Jessica, you have to think outside of Humboldt County.”

Well the funny thing is, our guest speaker, world acclaimed entrepreneur and business columnist, Rhonda Abrams spoke to an audience of eager women entrepreneurs today to do just that.  You have to grow your business and think beyond your hometown.  The event was called “Leap..Taking Your Business to the Next Level hosted by Women Entrepreneurs Institute (WEI), an educational summit for local women business owners and those aspiring to be.

I agree with Rhonda.  There are many people out there who believe that in order to succeed, they need to live in a city.  There are many who feel that in order for our community to survive we need to encourage medium or large businesses
(ie: manufacturing, heavy and light industrial) to relocate to Humboldt in order to create more jobs for the folks that currently live in our area.     To a degree that may be true, but who says you can’t build a business that caters to out of the area consumers?  Who says you can’t grow that business to a stage where you will need to hire at least 10 local employees?  Rhonda believes we can.  After listening to Rhonda speak about branding and finding your niche and marketing to the correct target audience, I believe it’s possible too.

There are several local business owners who have built an incredibly successful business that goes well beyond Humboldt County, yet their base is here.  We have Holly Yashi, Cypress Grove (Humboldt Fog – world famous goat cheese), Yakima (grew and sold to Watermark and relocated to Oregon), Kokatat, and Jessicurl, just to name a few.

Thankfully our community is working together to make Humboldt County more accessible via the Internet, interstate, and through air travel.  So get out there are come up with a fabulous business plan and start growing your business today, beyond your hometown.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved.  *Your Business…Thinking Outside Your Hometown – Humboldt County CA.*

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Arcata California Farmer’s Market. A Great Place to Meet Friends.

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Community | Tags: , , |

Community GatheringI know spring is right around the corner when the Arcata Farmer’s Market starts up in April. It’s by far one of the largest farmer’s markets in Humboldt County and a great place to bump into some of those friends you haven’t seen all winter long.

Every Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm, local organic farmers from all over Humboldt County come together on the Arcata Plaza to sell us fresh fruits and vegetables, literally harvested that morning.

Plus around 10am the music starts.  Each Saturday there is a different local band that will serenade you while you’re shopping for Saturday’s dinner.  And if you get hungry after making the rounds, there are plenty of local food vendors waiting to quiet that grumbling tummy of yours.  Last Saturday the Compost Mountain Boys played (great local bluegrass band).Compost Mt Boys

By far, the greatest thing about the Arcata Farmer’s Market is that it brings the community together.  We’re all out there enjoying the sunshine, great music, fresh vegetables and eachother every Saturday morning.  What more could you ask for 🙂

I’m looking forward to some serious fruits and vegetables soon, but in the meantime there are plenty of vegetable starts, greens, house plants and flowers available.  This is a great time to start buying plants to put in your own garden and socialize while you’re out looking for that perfect fuschia plant you want to put in your front yard.

Fresh Produce!

The North Coast Growers Association hosts several smaller farmer’s market throughout Humboldt County.

There’s 2 farmer’s markets in Eureka, 2 markets in Arcata (including the big one), and 1 in Fortuna, just to mention a few.

So if you’re already a local or thinking about becoming one and want to know when the farmer’s market will start in your neighborhood, just check here for the Humboldt County Farmer’s Market Schedule.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. * Arcata California Farmer’s Market. A Great Place to Meet Friends.*

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40th Annual Kinetic Grand Championship-One of the Wackiest Events in Humboldt County CA

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Community | Tags: , , |

You know summer is around the corner when the Kinetic Grand Championship kicks off at the Arcata Plaza at High Noon on Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend.  There were between 8,000 to 10,000 spectators waiting to cheer their favorite Kinetic Sculpture teams on.  This is a 3-day race through an insane race course that started at the Arcata Plaza and ends in downtown Ferndale.  Today racers are on their way to the finish line in Ferndale, California as I write this post.

So for those of you who know nothing about the Kinetic Grand Championship (originally named the Kinetic Sculpture Race – long story about why the name was changed, might include that in a different blog down the road) – it’s a race that combines artistic creativity with engineering genius – People Powered sculptures all competing “For the Glory” though a wild race course throughout Humboldt County.  Racer’s not only must survive windy conditions, but must be able to get down Deadman’s Drop (steep dune path to the beach) and they’re people powered sculptures must be able to float (in Humboldt Bay).   Each participating racer(s) has a whole entourage to help them get through the race and each group dresses up to fit the theme of the racer’s Kinetic Sculpture.

The 40th annual Kinetic Grand Championship is one of many events/festivals here in Humboldt County, California and if participating makes you a little quezy – than being a spectator is nothing to sneeze at.

Warning! This is a wacky event where bribes are encouraged and the last man powered sculpture to arrive at the finish line gets an award!

Visit the Kinetic Grand Championship website for the history and details of this crazy and funfilled event.

Check out the Kinetic Website for Live streaming of this whole event or check out KHUM radio for great photos, blogs, live coverage and more!

Below are some photos of the beginning of the race this past Saturday at the Arcata Plaza:

Hippypotamus

The Biking Vikings

One Sick Mutha
Wacky Kinetic's Participant

Show's Over!

Show’s Over – Spectators head over to the Manila Community Center to watch the Kinetic Sculptures and their crew brave Deadman’s Drop – one of the steepest dune paths down to the pacific coast.

For those of you want to know more about this event, I encourage you to check out the several links I posted above.  And remember next year you can listen to live coverage of the Kinetic Grand Championship on KHUM radio and cheer on your favorite team…

FOR THE GLORY!

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *40th Annual Kinetic Grand Championship-One of the Wackiest Events in Humboldt County CA*

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Delta Airlines Service to Humboldt County California Begins June 5th!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , |

Delta Airlines is starting up their new flight service to and from Humboldt County California, starting June 5th.

What does this mean for folks in Humboldt County, those thinking about visiting or even moving to our area?

Better Access!

We currently have 2 other airlines servicing our area: United and Horizon(Alaska Airlines).  So I’m looking forward to adding a third one, because the more airlines servicing our area the more options we have and hopefully all this competition makes for a more affordable roundtrip flight.

For flight schedules visit Delta.

I have several friends who live in Humboldt County, because it is one of the last affordable Coastal Communities available in California.  Our average price range is around $320,000.  Yet they don’t work here.  They commute to San Francisco, LA and some travel nationally for their out of area company.  So increased airline competition will probably make flying more affordable and possibly decrease traveling time depending on where they are traveling to for the week. Trinidad California Coast

For the those of us who have family in the Midwest or East Coast, Delta really opens up some options for us. Why?  Less hassle, less stops and a shorter overall traveling time.  So for those of you who have family far away Delta may make it easier to visit them or for your family to visit you.

Speaking of Better Access, What Humboldt County is working on to attact you to live here:

  1. Airport Expansion Project – to expand one of our runways and the airport itself.
  2. Adding Second Fiber Optic Cable – There’s been lots of discussion on this.  We have 1 fiber optic cable all ready, but adding a second one would ensure consistant broadband access to the rest of the world.
  3. Confusion Hill Highway 101 Realignment Project with CalTrans – Over the years this section of Highway 101 was very unstable and every winter there were massive slides that cut Humboldt County off to the Bay area.  Confusion Hill is located not to far south of Garberville or Richardson Grove State Park.  So Caltrans is building several bridges across the Eel River to completely bypass this problematic area.
  4. PG&E plan to build a larger energy plant to service a larger population.  So we are starting to build an infrastructure to attract more people to live here.

The Pink Lady, Eureka Calfornia

Many of us want to continue to build a better community for our future in Humboldt County.

Have questions about our area?  Ask me for a relocation package or just call me 707-496-5770.  I’d be happy to answer your questions about Humboldt County California and our real estate market.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved.  *Delta Airlines Service to Humboldt County California Begins June 5th!*

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Being a Humboldt County Tour Guide this Labor Day – I Always Discover Something New!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , , , , |

My brother in-law and his wife came to visit my husband and I this past Labor Day weekend and it was such a pleasure to take them around and show them some of the highlights of Humboldt County.  I can’t tell you how many times I have done this for out of town friends and family.  And I have so much fun revisiting some of the same spots that make Humboldt County so special.  Sometimes I discover something new on my tour guiding adventures.

On Saturday, we started off by visiting the Farmer’s Market on the Arcata Plaza. Both Nate and Ramona were impressed with the high quality local produce we had to offer (all organic too!).  Since we’re knee deep into the harvesting season there are some great vegetable and fruit choices out there.  We bought several heirloom tomatoes, okra, carrots and lemon cucumbers.  Plus there were some fabulous peaches and apples for sale too.

Later in the day we drove up to Trinidad to hike around Trinidad head.  It was clear out.  Not a cloud in the sky, but a bit windy.  Nate and Ramona were amazed at how beautiful Trinidad cove looks in the sunshine, with all the fishing boats docked nearby each other.

It was fun walking around and giving them information about the history of the area and the traveling highlights.  Plus we picked up some great clam chowder at the Seascape (a restaurant in Trinidad near the pier).  Nate got a kick out of trying different clam chowders from a couple of restaurants.  I think the Seascape was the clear winner.

Sunday – We headed north towards Orick to walk through the Ancient Redwood forests in Redwood National Park. Talk about discovering something new…Dave and I got to hike through some Redwood Groves and trails we had never hiked through before.  I don’t care what anybody says, but each trail and tree is different.

Ramona had never seen such big Redwood trees before so she was awe struck every step of way.  We put in a good hike too.  3 1/2 mile hike up and down some rugged terrain.  I wish I lived closer to the parks.  I’d take exercising in the Redwood forest over the gym any day.

Finally one more stop…to see Fern Canyon on our way home.  By the way, parts of Jurassic Park were filmed here.  This is a major destination for tourists, especially on Labor Day weekend.  It was jammed packed.  And believe me once you hike through here you’ll know what makes this place a major destination stop. You are walking on a creek bed through a canyon.  The walls are very tall and filled with 5-fingered ferns or what some folks call “lady finger” ferns.  They’re incredibly beautiful and you truly feel like you are walking through an enchanted forest.

Monday – Our final day with our out of town guests.  We took them on a road trip which started in “The Victorian Village of Ferndale” (known for…you guessed right…it’s high concentration of amazingly well kept Victorians).  After driving through town, we got onto the Mattole Road which took us out to a very remote and untouched part of Coastal California called “The Lost Coast.” We were lucky to have another incredible clear sun shiny day, because the views of the ocean and the coastline were stunning.

We had a picnic lunch at the Mattole Beach, which is part of The King’s Range (managed by the Bureau of Land Management – BLM) and then headed back inland towards Humboldt Redwoods State Park to see some more incredible ancient Redwood trees, which in my opinion, are way more magnificant than the ones we saw at Redwood National Park.

For those of you outdoorsy fanatics this is one amazing place to live.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Being a Humboldt County Tour Guide this Labor Day Weekend – I Always Discover Something New!*

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Eureka California Chosen as One of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside Magazine

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , |

It’s cool to know that Eureka California had been chosen as one of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside magazine!

Check out the article:

Eureka California 2008 Best Town to visit and move to

A few months ago I got a call from Katie Arnold, one of Outside Magazine’s writers asking me for information about the Eureka California Real Estate Market, because Eureka California was chosen as one of the best towns to live in this year and she wanted to know more about the area, the economy, the general Humboldt County California Real Estate Market and what else our community had to offer someone thinking about moving to our area.

So it was cool to finally see the article in the magazine and online.  Short and sweet.

It’s just nice to know that we to get on some national media’s radar from time to time 🙂

Vance Hotel

Carson Mansion

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Eureka California Chosen as One of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside Magazine*

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My Featured Story in the Eureka Reporter – It Was a Nice Surprise!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: About Me, Community | Tags: , , |

I got a phone call from my husband this morning telling me, “You need to read the Eureka Reporter.  You’re on the front page and they wrote a great story about you too!”

A story about me?  I knew that the Eureka Reporter was going to publish a story about the upcoming networking event for local women business owners that the Women Entrepreneur’s Institute would be hosting on Oct 9th (I volunteer my time as their Marketing Director), but I didn’t realize that they tailored the story around me.

I remember being interviewed by Ashley Bailey (Business Editor for the Eureka Reporter).  So thanks Ashley for the nice plug!

Here’s a short clip from the article, click on the link below to see the whole story.  Pretty Cool!Yeah!Yeah!

“Jessica Bigger isn’t afraid to take risks.

After a series of career changes — she had considered veterinarian school, then kicked that for a promotions gig in radio — Bigger took a leap and started her own business.

Managing her business as a realtor under Ming Tree GMAC Real Estate’s Realtor Associates is a fairly new thing for Bigger, but with the support of the Women Entrepreneurs Institute (WEI), a nonprofit organization for local businesswomen, she has been able to move forward with success…”

Local Businesswomen Support Each Other Through Nonprofit by Ashley Bailey

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *My Featured Story in the Eureka Reporter – It Was a Nice Surprise!*

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –Green Tips for Humboldt County California Living

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: Community, Green Building |

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –Green Tips for Humboldt County California Living

The current discussion with Eureka City Council, here in Eureka California is “Mandatory Garbage/Recycling Pickup”.  Now I know it hasn’t been implemented yet, and there are mixed feelings from the local community about making garbage and recycling roadside pickup mandatory, primarily because you will be billed for the service whether you use it or not.  But the city is moving in that direction in an effort to reduce waste to it’s landfills as well as deter illegal dumping.

Personally the idea doesn’t bother me much, because Dave and I make a huge effort to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste we generate.  My philosophy is if it can’t be recycled, put in the compost machine or given to the dog, then and only then do we throw it away.

So pickup service makes it easier for us.  At least we can carry less to the Eureka Recycling Center.  But in the mean time, while the city continues the discussion about mandatory garbage and recycling pickup, for those of you interested in living a greener lifestyle, here’s a few things you can do to get started.

Do you want to lower your garbage rates, improve your flowerbeds and gardens and improve not only yours, but you community’s quality of life?

There are so many ways to decrease the amount of waste you send to the landfills.  Here’s a few:

1)    Recycle instead of throwing recyclable items in the garbage:

The Eureka City Recycling Center and the Arcata City Recycling Center recycles almost everything you can imagine, even chipboard (which your cereal boxes are made from).  And the center has made it easier than ever to drop off your recycling, by combining recyclable materials so you have less recyclables to sort out at home.

Now all paper products: chipboard, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, and office paper go in the same bin.  While glass, aluminum cans and all plastics go into another bin.  That way you spend less time figuring out where everything goes when you are there.  Dave and I make a trip to the recycling center about every other week and it literally takes us less than five minutes to dispose of all our recyclable waste.

Each recycling center is different.  You’ll have to check your local recycling center to see what recyclables they will accept.

2)    Compost

It’s easy to do and all you need is an Earth Machine to get you started.  You can get yours at the Eureka Recycling Center, and it’s very affordable.  You just find a place in your yard (preferably in a corner furthest away from your house – it will smell quite organic at the beginning when you get started).  And you literally put all your unused veggies in here.  No meat or dairy products allowed. However, you can put egg shells in your composter.  You occasionally want to stir up your compost mixture, and by next spring (especially if you started in the Fall) you will have rich compost to put in your garden beds.

Earth Machine from Eureka Recycling Center

Our inside compost collection bin

3)    Doggie Scraps

We usually save any scraps of meat, some of the fat trimmings  and any unused bread that we don’t use in our cooking and collect it in a large yogurt container.  After a couple of weeks the container is full and we boil it down for the dog.  I call it the “Glop”.  We use this as a supplement in addition to his dry kibble. We’ve been doing this with my dog Benjamin for a couple of years now.  His coat is much shinier and healthier looking and he looks forward to the daily treat.

Jessica's Doggie Glop

Because of the items above we only need to use the smallest available garbage bin.
The smallest bin you can buy in Eureka is a 20-gallon bin, which only costs around $13 a month.

20 gallon Smallest Garbage Bin in Eureka CA

So there you have it, some tips to get started on living a Greener Lifestyle.  Stay tuned for other tips on easy affordable ways to reduce your energy costs while helping the planet at the same time.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –Green Tips for Humboldt County California Living*

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You Know it’s Fall in Eureka California When the Pumpkin Spiders Come Out to Play

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community |

I don’t know about you, but where I live there are always signs of nature that represent the changing of the seasons.  Here we are in the Fall and this is the only time of year in Eureka California that the Pumpkin Spiders come out. I think they get their nick name “Pumpkin” because of their orange brownish color and the fact that they start appearing around Halloween time.   They’re all over my yard every Fall.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of spiders, (although they are part of the eco-chain), I have to admit these are the most beautiful spiders I have ever seen in the states.  I’ve seen plenty of incredible spiders in Latin America, but never anything as amazing as the Pumpkin Spider that hangs out in my backyard.

Pumpkin Spider Eureka CA

The Pumpkin Spider’s seasonal visit to my Eureka California home is one of the many nature treats I look forward to during the year.  This is also the time of year that we start hearing large flocks of Canada Geese fly over our house.  It’s incredible to wake up early in the morning and see the sky filled with these incredible birds.  Oh, and I love the sound of their calls as they fly by.

Not to mention this is the time of year for all bird migration.  So I’m lucky to get many visitors this time of year: Cedar Waxwings, Chesnut backed Chickadees, the occasional warbler and more.

You can live right in town and still experience the great wonders of the wild, right in your own backyard here in Eureka California, just like I do every season in my own backyard.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *You Know it’s Fall in Eureka California When the Pumpkin Spiders Come Out to Play*

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