My heart is still heavy and my mind clouded by the fire. I decided to stop looking for land this fall, which means I won’t have a fall crop. I don’t want to compete with people who have animals and who need homes. There are many who are in greater need than me.

If you’d like to help those affected by the fire, please consider donating to these groups:

North Coast Opportunities (ncoinc.org) is a non-profit dedicated to serving Mendocino and Lake Counties. Redwood and Potter Valley in Mendocino County was heavily impacted by the fire. Remember, folks, I used to farm in Potter Valley and I have many friends in those two valleys. This area is much more impoverished than Sonoma county and can use help.

Centro Laboral de Graton (CLG – www.gratondaylabor.org) is well-connected to the farmworker community and is one of the few organizations focused on helping people without documents and residing in Sonoma to rebuild. CLG is a “worker-led center [that] offers everyone an opportunity to participate in leadership, rights advocacy, civic participation, networking and community service. The center provides access to training, education, health care and legal resources.”

If you’re in the area, consider attending CLG’s benefit event on October 28th.