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.

Donations Welcome!

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”

Or donate through PayPal here

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.

Solano RCD

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.

FEMA Assistance

FEMA assistance is also available for those who suffered losses from the fires. Learn more here and 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)

 

Bounty of the County Donor Letter

Through Bounty of the County: Stronger Together, our community donated almost $10,350 to help our farms, wineries, ranches and agritourism businesses. Click below to read the letter sent to those donors and learn more ways to help.

News and Updates

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope

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.