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After the Fires: Reflections from the Farm
More than 6 months after the most destructive fires in California history, the agricultural community of the North Bay is back to work, busy in the field growing our food. But last year’s disaster remains with us not only in the outline of neighborhoods lost and charred hillsides, but also in memories and tough lessons learned.
Knowing that October’s fires will not be the last disaster to hit rural communities in California, we at the Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers are asking: what can we learn from that experience to better prepare farmers for future catastrophe? What worked during our response? What could have been done differently?
This interactive evening will solicit feedback from anyone involved in the response and recovery efforts–whether farmers, ranchers or those assisting them–feedback that will help guide our organization in developing tools, templates and programs to provide farm communities around the state to promote local resilience in the face of fire, flood, earthquake or the many unknowns that lie ahead.