Farm Fire Recovery
Fire Relief Funding Update
Farmers, ranchers, wineries and agritourism businesses that lost property in Solano County’s summer wildfires have an opportunity to get up to $2,500 in the next round of funding through the Solano Community Foundation’s disaster relief funding administered by Sustainable Solano. Applications opened Feb. 1.
Many of the county’s properties affected by the fires have now gone through the cleanup process and are ready to start rebuilding, and this is the perfect opportunity to offer up community support for those efforts through this fire relief funding.
The first round of funding, which awarded up to $1,500, went to five businesses, offering support toward recovery projects that included replacement cattle, fixing burned fences, building a new barn and bringing in hay for livestock; seeds for a reseeding project, and support for an art show that will raise funds for affected farms.
The money is available to any farm, ranch, winery or agritourism business where the owners earn a portion of their income from the business and which was affected by the 2020 fire. Applicants fill out a simple form explaining their needs and how they plan to use the money as part of their recovery and rebuilding, which will shape the story of how these disaster relief funds are helping in the restoration of our vital agricultural properties in the county.
Farmers: Apply for Disaster Relief Funding
To apply for the next round of project-based funding to help our Solano County farms with recovery and rebuilding efforts
All applications are reviewed and awarded to qualified projects as they are recieved to ensure funds reach our farmers as quickly as possible.
Your ongoing donations will help to fund recovery and rebuilding for these farms. All donations intended for fire relief should be earmarked with the check or in a note on the PayPal donation.
Donations may be sent to:
Sustainable Solano, Fire Relief
P.O. Box 1215
Benicia, CA 94510
Checks should be made out to “Sustainable Solano”
Fire Resources for Farmers
Solano County Recovers
Find the latest news, resources, virtual Local Assistance Center and more on the county’s official site for wildfire response and recovery.
The Solano Resource Conservation District has compiled a list of wildfire resources and has a sign up list for a site visit and assessment to address post-wildfire recovery needs.
Solano Farm Bureau Fire Victims Resources
The Solano Farm Bureau has resources all on its LNU Fire Victims Resources page.
Pleasants Valley Agriculture Association
Many of the local farms that were damaged by the fire are in the Pleasants Valley area. Learn more about each farm and ways to donate directly to them here. Those interested in volunteering to help the farms with recovery once it is safe to do so can scroll down to use the volunteer signup form.
CAFF Family Farmer Emergency Fund
Community Alliance with Family Farmers has re-launched its emergency fund to offer direct support to the agricultural community impacted by disaster. Learn more here.
CAFF Disaster Recovery Resources
CAFF also has this site full of distaster recovery resources from financial aid to how to restore the land after a fire.
SBA Disaster Loans
Low-interest federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses and residents in Solano County and other counties with destruction from the fires. Learn more here.
Solano Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
Donate through Solano Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to support grants for organizations serving Solano County residents. Learn more here.
Bounty of the County Fire Recovery Fund
Bounty of the County: Stronger Together raised funds to help Solano County farmers with losses from the wildfires. Learn more and find out how you can still donate here.
How to Help Local Farms
Donate: Your donations will help support project-based funding for farm recovery efforts
Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to help with the recovery (Sign up to volunteer here)
Buy Local: Visit your local farms and the businesses that support them (find out how under “Buy Local” here)
Sow Seeds: Participate in the From Ashes to Springtime Art Show/Sale on April 17 (Details here)
News and Updates
The weekend of Dec. 19 was just past the four month mark from the LNU Lightning Complex Fire that ripped through Vacaville’s rural area. Instead of looking at the destruction and blackened hills with a feeling of loss and overwhelming grief, the weekend offered the first glimmers of hope.
In the weeks since the LNU Lightning Complex wildfires tore through many of Solano County’s family farms, we have been humbled by the number of you who poured in donations to help those who had lost homes, animals and crops to the devastation.