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Farming through Wildfire Season: The Key role of Farmers in Building Wildfire Resilience

By Katie Brimm and Natalia Pinzón Originally written for and published by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Wildfire becomes more a part of agriculturalists’ (farmers, ranchers, orchardists, grazers etc) lives across the world every day. Climate change, combined with years of fire suppression policies, have brought an unsettlingly new normal of increasingly devastating wildfires. …

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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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Workshop and Resources: Financial Prep for Disaster 101

Are you financially prepared for a disaster? The threat of wide-sweeping catastrophic disasters including wildfires, drought, extreme temperature swings, floods, and pandemics has compounded in the last decade. The thought of preparation, on top of farming, can be overwhelming! Farmer Campus is here to help. As part of a series, this first workshop focused on …

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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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Farming Through Wildfire Season Program Launch

We’re happy to announce that Farmer Campus, along with our organizational partners CAFF, received funding to continue our Farming through Wildfire Season program! Thank you to our collaborators for your support in garnering those resources. We’re thrilled to offer viable, actionable solutions for addressing the challenges of farming in wildfire country. In Phase II of …

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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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Upcoming Workshop: Community Wildfire Resilience

Feb 28th, 2:30pm PST | Small Farms Conference 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 Interactive Group Forum brings the audience together to share …

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