North Bay Wildfires: How to Help the Agricultural Community

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Published: October 1, 2017

Sonoma County Farm Bureau would like to express our sincerest thoughts and condolences to those who have been affected by the recent wildfires in Sonoma County. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and asked how to help your rural neighbors in need.

Efforts to support our agricultural community within Sonoma County will be an ongoing long-term project. As we continue to evaluate the needs for our ag community, we will respond to additional needs as they arise.

Here’s how you can assist our local agricultural community right now:

 

Ag and Rural Lands Fire Recovery & Resource Town Hall

Sonoma County Farm Bureau in coordination with local state and federal partners held a community town hall meeting focused on agriculture relief and recovery programs on Monday, October 30. Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture, toured parts of Sonoma County prior to the event and then addressed the agricultural community at the Town Hall.

Watch Karen Ross address the Sonoma County Agriculture Community

Watch USDA Rural Development and NRCS Talk About Recovery Programs at the Town Hall Meeting

 

Sonoma County Farm Bureau is coordinating donations of feed and supplies for livestock and horses. The Farm Bureau office has secured a storage yard and is in the process of gathering feed and hay for distribution to affected farmers throughout the county. Sonoma County Farm Bureau is seeking donations of feed from our community. If you cannot donate feed, monetary donations will be accepted to assist with livestock relief efforts. If you or a livestock/horse owner you know has been affected by recent wildfires, please call 707-544-5575 or email Emily@sonomafb.org for assistance.

Make a Monerary Donation to Livestock Relief Efforts

 

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation is partnering with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to establish a housing recovery fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes by last week’s devastating fires. The fund will serve to assist ag workers who lost their homes in the fires by helping to fund the re-establishment of new households. For anyone interested in contributing to the housing fund, visit: www.scggf.org to make a contribution. SCGGF is a 501(c)(3) organization. If you or an employee was affected by the recent wildfires, please email info@sonomawinegrape.org with your contact information so they may reach out to you to provide support.

Contribute to Agricultural Workers Impacted by Wildfires

Housing Support Fund Application in Spanish

Housing Support Fund Application in English

Housing Support Fund Brochure in English and Spanish

 

As we all know, supporting Sonoma County is critical right now. There’s an easy way to help and chances are you’ve already been doing it. Whether it’s drinking Sonoma County wine or eating Sonoma County cheese, purchasing any local commodity will help our community.

Above all, encourage others to visit Sonoma County. Despite the recent devastating effects, Sonoma County is still here and our tourist infrastructure is intact. As we start to rebuild pieces of our community, it is crucial that we all serve as ambassadors to the beautiful place we call home.

Support our community by supporting the local food system: buy local!

 

To stay up to date on how the fires have affected the Sonoma County agriculture community, follow Sonoma County Farm Bureau on Facebook or Twitter.

 

KCBS Radio Interview with Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Sonoma County Farm Bureau was live with KCBS 740 AM & 106.9 FM on October 18th to talk about how the North Bay Wildfires affected livestock and horses in Sonoma County.

Local, state, federal programs offer wildfire relief
With the spate of Northern California wildfires nearly contained, many people are beginning to focus on making a comeback. A number of state and federal programs exist to help farmers and ranchers, and other efforts are being organized at the local level.

Farmers in wildfire zones assess impact
Steve Dutton, president of Sonoma County Farm Bureau, spoke to Ag Alert about the impacts of recent wildfires on Sonoma County agriculture. Ag Alert also covered Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s livestock relief efforts.

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