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Wildfire Brings Farm into Deeper Relationship with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

As a land-based organization interested in social change, a deeper relationship with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has shown Pie Ranch new pathways for wildfire resilience.  Jered Lawson takes my call from their goat barn at Pie Ranch, an educational farm on a pie-slice-shaped piece of land near Pescadero California. Throughout our interview, baby goats […]

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Lessons in Fire: Wildfire Exposes New Pathways for Recovery

with Jered Lawson, Pie Ranch Like many farmers and ranchers, the folks at Pie Ranch figured a wildfire disaster of any magnitude was something that happened elsewhere and never to them, “Frankly, we were caught off guard,” says co-founder Jered Lawson. In 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex fire overtook the educational farm nestled in a pie-shaped

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Wildfire Recovery: The Nuts and Bolts of Resilience with TurkeyTail Farm

Farmers Cheetah Tchudi and Samantha Zangrilli run TurkeyTail Farm in Yankee Hill, California. This is a diversified farm with vegetables, mushrooms, flowers, livestock, and other value-added products. During the Camp Fire in Butte County, they were evacuated for 28 days and lost everything but their livestock to severe fire damage – including their home. After 28 days

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Wildfire Response: Evacuating with TurkeyTail Farm

Farmers Cheetah and Samantha run TurkeyTail Farm in Yankee Hill, California, a diversified farm with vegetables, mushrooms, flowers, livestock, and other value-added products. During the Camp Fire in Butte County, they were evacuated for 28 days and lost everything but their livestock to severe fire damage – including their home. In this two-part blog series, the farmers

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Go Kits and Emergency Plans: Preparing for Wildfire with Bee-well Farms

Getting your farm and crew prepared for a disaster like a wildfire can feel overwhelming – but having a plan and Go-Bags ahead of time is a critical step in decreasing your risk and increasing your ability to safely and efficiently respond in an emergency. But what does it really look like in practice? What

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Counting the Losses: Tallying the True Costs of Wildfire for Farmers 

Being impacted by wildfire is terrifying, potentially deadly, and can be extremely costly. But for farmers and ranchers, there are so many layers to the type of losses they face from not just the wildfire, but the evacuations and power shut-offs that can make recovery almost impossible. It’s important to note what these losses are

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Fire is Family: A Conversation with the Yurok Tribe’s Cultural Fire Management Council

“We send up our prayers with smoke, and they are answered by fire,” shares Margo Robbins, quoting a gentleman from her neighboring tribe. It’s a radical concept, but the view of fire as a natural, welcome and sacred part of living on land in California is core to the Yurok tribe, and many other Native

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