As firefighters finish putting out the historic wildfires in Northern California, efforts are well underway to support the numerous farmers decimated in the middle of the 2017 outdoor cannabis harvest and the wider community.
A total of 22 fires have taken at least 42 lives, burned more than 5,000 structures and more than 330 square-miles of wildland and urban areas. Evacuation orders continue to be lifted, and the community is rallying to support a variety of people and pets impacted so far.
The California Growers Association’s wildfire relief fund to support its membership has raised nearly $10,000. Last Monday, CGA Executive Director Hezekiah Allen announced the crowdfundraising site YouCaring had halted CGA’s campaign. According to a YouCaring spokesperson, YouCaring’s payment processor WePay is not accepting the transactions “because of strict policies regarding cannabis campaigns. ” The CGA fundraiser has moved to a new site.
In the early going last week Allen told us more than two dozen CGA members had lost their entire farms in the blazes burning near Santa Rosa, Redwood Valley and beyond. “This is going to leave a deep scar,” Allen said.
All who have lost their homes, farms, or cannabis businesses to the fires across California should email CGA their loss report and needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Reiman, outreach coordinator for Flow Kana has spent the last week with a river separating her from the flames of the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire. “Up here we have the Community Foundation of Mendocino County collecting donations,” she told GreenState. As of noon on Friday, $134,500 had been donated to the fund.
Reiman also noted Rainbow Ag in Ukiah is taking monetary donations for supplies for the animals that have been evacuated. People can call them at 707-462-2404 and donate over the phone.
Other folks in Mendocino have also been circulating this fund meant to help the victims of the Redwood Valley and Potter Valley Fires. Those efforts have raised $6,500 for the impacted community members.
Cultivators in the hardest hit areas of Sonoma County are also organizing, said Tawnie Logan of the Sonoma County Growers Association.
“What we know so far is that at least 20 farms have been destroyed ‘pre-harvest’, and 15 homes with homegrows,” said Logan, “We want to make sure the monies we receive make the most impact and distribute effectively to these families.