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Good Farm Fund awards fire relief and prevention grants to local farms – The Bloom

photo captionRecipient Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of the Coming Home to Country farm in Clearlake will use the grant to replace fences destroyed in the Sulfur Bank fire and remove scorched trees that fall on existing fences photo creditGood Farm Fund

Opportunities awarded eight grants to farms in Mendocino and Lake County for fire preparedness and resilience. With generous funding from the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund and the California Fire Foundation, the Firefighting Grants will provide essential equipment and infrastructure to small farms.

The grants illustrate that a relatively small amount of financial support can go a long way in helping small farmers succeed in fire-prone areas. Averaging less than $5,000 each, the grants will be used to purchase items such as water storage tanks, generators, chainsaws, solar chargers and portable fences.

“With warmer, drier and longer fire seasons, small farms in Northern California need to take steps to improve wildfire preparedness,” said Good Farm Fund project coordinator Caroline Radice. “These grants will help local farms remain viable as weather conditions change and will also improve overall farm efficiency,”

Farms receiving grants are Cerro Negro Farm, Coming Home to Country Farm, Folk Life Farm, Headwaters Grazing, Inland Ranch Organics, Irene’s Garden, Rancho Mariposa & Cinnamon Bear Farm, and Wavelength Farm. The grants were evaluated in coordination with the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the Redwood Credit Union and the California Fire Foundation,” adds Radice. “Both organizations have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to local agriculture.

“The focus of Redwood Credit Union and the RCU Community Fund has long included providing meaningful support and immediate relief to our communities after natural disasters,” said Matt Martin, senior vice president of community relations. and government at RCU. “The funding we are providing here helps take that commitment proactively to the next level – planning ahead to help prepare for these types of difficult times. And we are honored to be able to help in this way.

Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of the Coming Home to Country farm in Clearlake will use the grant to replace fences destroyed in the 2017 Sulfur Bank fire and remove burned trees that fall on existing fences. “Two years after the Sulfur Bank fire burned down my property, I was still struggling to keep my head above water when the Covid-19 pandemic hit,” Elizabeth shared. “If it hadn’t been for the grant from the Good Farm Fund to give me the big boost I needed, I don’t know how my farm would have survived.”

Good agricultural fund is a tax-sponsored project of North Coast Opportunities which aims to provide direct support to small farmersand increase local food security for the underserved members of our community.

To learn more or sign up for alerts on upcoming farm-to-table events or farm grants, visit the website at www.goodfarmfund.org.

NCO is the community action agency serving Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties. NCO responds and adapts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery. For more information, visit www.ncoinc.org or call (707) 467-3200.

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