Emergency under our feet #soil #thomasfire

I wrote a little piece for UC Food Observer last week in which I noted the convergence of CA Soils Week and the Thomas fire. In short, I recognized the damage done to the soil by the fires, and the need to help them rebuild. Link here:

http://ucfoodobserver.com/2017/12/07/from-the-fire-zone-a-farmers-perspective/

Don’t soils come back on their own? Well, yes…. given time. But before they do, they are subject to further damage from both wind and rain. It is in our interest to give them a boost. If we do not, the consequences are clear: loss of topsoil in hillside orchards and grazing land, mudslides that threaten neighborhoods downhill, and sediment that impacts our waterways.

My good friend Margot Stewart has taken up the idea I suggest in the post. Laying in a stock of seed to distribute to farmers, ranchers, and hillside property owners will help us get out in front of this second wave of destruction that are sure to follow in Thomas’ wake. Link here:

https://www.gofundme.com/regrowventura

With the devastation around us, there are many ways that people can contribute. I know there are many demands for your attention and support and they are all worthy. But please don’t forget the emergency under our feet.

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