An online course dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers face a future of fires.

* Self-led – Ongoing Enrollment *

Do you want to better prepare your farm and community for fire?

Drawing on decades of training small-farmers amidst climate change, Farmer Campus in collaboration with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), bring you an interactive self-led course  that will give you the toolkit needed to reduce the human, production, financial and legal risks from wildfires. Utilizing an online course with a learning network of fellow farmers, you will garner actionable solutions, deepen your understanding and leave with a hands-on fire resilience plan to help you, your farm and your community face a future with fire.

The unpredictability and sheer magnitude of fires can leave farmers and ranchers feeling threatened and helpless.

The size, longevity and intensity of wildfires is rapidly increasing in the Western region, with record breaking fire seasons every year. This trend is expected to increase as the region gets warmer and drier due to climate change. As a result, agricultural producers are faced with severe property, crop, livestock, labor and market losses and uncertainty. This course addresses farmers’ increasing need for resources, support systems and enlivening networks to build resilience for fire response, so you don’t have to face fires alone.

Learn About:

Land Management for Fire Preparedness and Mitigation

Emergency Response, Preparing Your Home, Family and Livestock

Understanding Fire Ecology and Historical Context

Community Preparedness and Organizing for Recovery

Insurance and Finances

Health and Food Safety: During and After Fire

By taking this course you will:

Assess your farm or ranch and community's unique risks to fires

Use tools to create and implement a Fire Resilience Plan to reduce fire-related risk on your farm

Connect with experts and peers to form strong regional prevention and response networks

Connect with a multi-generational network of farmers, educators and experts

Learn from key community players and understand insurance programs and government assistance

Now that I have taken this course, I feel less afraid of fire and more respectful of it.  I feel more confident on how to co-exist with it, how to prepare, how to recover, and how to work with the community.

Farmer, Course Alumni 2020

How learning happens

Online Lessons

Starting learning without leaving your farm. Combines community-driven practical, scientific, socio-political knowledge in 9 online modules featuring videos, podcasts and activities

Farmer Networks

Learn alongside an engaged farmer in peer-peer private forums, compare ideas and co-create solutions with fellow farmers in fire prone regions.

Hear from Experts and Farmers

All materials were made just for you and include experts from the field as well as you'll hear stories from farmers who have overcome fire related disasters.

Resilience Plan

Assess your farm's vulnerabilities, strengths and create an actionable plan by the end of the course to improve your farm, family, and community's resiliency to fire.

Applied Activities

Each lesson includes an on-site Applied Activity, helping you analyze and apply new principles and practices while reflecting how different concepts relate to your own farm and/or community.

Designed for You

You set the pace to shape learning around your busy schedule. Offering video, podcasts, discussion forums, readings and multimedia, this course is designed for all learning styles.

Course FAQ

This course is now a Self-Led experience – meaning you set your time-frame, workload and course pace. There are no live sessions so you can take this course when it is most convenient for you. We have made special pre-recorded materials for each of the 9 modules, such as podcasts and videos, totaling no more than an hour or less of material. In addition, you’ll have hands-on Applied Activities that can be put in practice right away, and will together make up your Resilience Plan.

A computer & high speed internet connection to watch videos; a farm or an open space suitable for doing Applied Activities; self-motivation to structure your time and complete lessons. You must have a strong interest and desire to practice fire resilient farming/ranching

Course materials are highly applicable for farmers, interns, apprentices, person(s) serving farmers, college students, and anyone regardless of background. While accessible to many different learning backgrounds and styles, this course is currently tailored for those with a minimum of basic English reading and comprehension. 

Note: There is no scale requirement for your operation. Prior experience with fire resilient farming not required. Background in organic/sustainable farming and ranching also not required.

This course is free – All course materials are freely accessible for farmers and ranchers. Non-farmers and those that are able are encouraged to submit a donation as this course is being subsidized intentionally for farmers. That being said, we want to make this important course available for anyone who would benefit, so no one turned away for lack of funds.

While this course is tailored for people currently farming or ranching in California, anyone regardless of region or profession are encouraged to join. 

So glad you asked! Click the “Enroll” button at the top to register for the course. This will take you to a google form that after you fill out you will get a link which takes you to Farmer Campus, where you’ll make a profile and then be taken to your course. 

If you’d like to get in touch, email <fires@farmercampus.com>, though please note we are part-time staff so you may need to have patience with a response. 

We look forward to learning with you!

Created in Community

Our Network

Enriched by contributions and resources from our network of farmers, ranchers, scientists, and community field experts across the world.

Farmers & Field Experts

With deep appreciation for contributions from the farming and ranching community, and for sharing your stories of disaster, community, and resilience.

Sponsors & Contributors

Made possible by generous support from our sponsors and contributing University Extensions, Academics, Nonprofits, Disaster Relief Agents and Professionals. 

Start Building Fire Resilience Today

Join a cohort of farmers working to build fire resilience on farm and in community, together.

Let us know you're interested

We’re a small team of part-time staff. Thank you for your patience awaiting our response.

email: fires@farmercampus.com

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28587