Some Feb/Mar post-fire events in Sonoma County

Two events, on Feb 24th and March 10th. I doubt I will make it to either (there are also a flower workshop and a farmers guild “guildraising” on the 10th).

Fire Recovery and Replanting: Information and Free Resources for Landowners Presentation with Laguna Foundation and Partners 

Saturday, February 24, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Heron Hall, Laguna Environmental Center
FREE. Pre-registration required
 (see link from the above-linked event page).

Did the fires directly impact your property or do you live in the wildland urban interface and want to incorporate native, resilient plants into your landscapes? Do you need help with erosion control and assessment? Are you not sure how to assess whether your burned oaks will survive or not? Join us to find out what resources are available to you. The Laguna Foundation is teaming up with Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Sonoma Resource Conservation Districtand the Milo Baker Chapter-California Native Plant Society to restore and replant native plants in areas impacted by the October 2017 fires. This presentation will include an overview about the fire’s impacts in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed and the region, and will provide information about soil erosion, native plants, and water quality. While the information and resources are meant especially for landowners impacted by the October fires, the general public is welcome to attend (pre-registration is required so we know how many people will attend and because seats are limited). Whether your land is a tenth of an acre or 100 acres, the native plants on your property provide wildlife habitat, prevent erosion, and improve water quality. We are growing a variety of native trees and shrubs with seeds collected locally to share with landowners next fall. Attend this presentation to learn more and to sign up for the free resources.

Speakers will include Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s Ecological Program Manager, Brent Reed.

Another event, on March 10th: Living Well in Toxic Times: Integrative Self-Care Tools for Fire Recovery & Resilience Registration required.

October’s urban wildfires released known and unknown toxicants into our environment. Beyond our acute exposure, we continue to be exposed to this residual toxicity. We have gathered local experts in the fields of environmental medicine, integrative health care, and health psychology to share self-care tools that we all can use to reduce exposure, naturally detoxify, and build resilient health.

Learn everyday strategies for protecting health post-fires. Nutritious snacks, herbal treats, herbal tea bar, epson salt bar free for our guests.

This event will feature keynote speakers addressing issues related to environmental toxicology, women’s and family health, vulnerable populations, and emotional resiliency. Breakout sessions will follow and provide an opportunity to learn more about gut health and detoxification, respiratory health, preconception and pediatric care, oncology, and stress reduction techniques.

This event is co-hosted by Daily Acts, Commonweal’s New School, Integrative Healers Action Network, Farmacopia, and Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety (FACTS).

Doors open at 9:30 am, event begins at 10:00 am promptly.
Space is limited!

Another event, on March 10th: Living Well in Toxic Times: Integrative Self-Care Tools for Fire Recovery & Resilience Registration required. October’s urban wildfires released known and unknown toxicants into our environment. Beyond our acute exposure, we continue to be exposed to this residual toxicity. We have gathered local experts in the fields of environmental medicine, integrative health care, and health psychology to share self-care tools that we all can use to reduce exposure, naturally detoxify, and build resilient health.



10/30 (Ag/Rural Lands) Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall

Wow, I wonder how this will come out. I copy and pasted it from an email from UCCE. October 30th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Garrett Building at 5:30.

Ag and Rural Lands 
Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Garrett Building
Monday, October 30 at 5:30pm
 
Special Guest Speaker:
Karen Ross
Secretary of California Department of Agriculture
The meeting, hosted by Sonoma County Farm Bureau, is in response to the recent wildfires in Northern California that have impacted rural property owners and agricultural operations in addition to multiple urban neighborhoods. Local, state and federal leadership will be there to address concerns and provide resources to rural Sonoma County property owners and agricultural business and employees.
We welcome Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture who will be speaking about recovery efforts for local agriculture. Ahead of the event, Secretary Ross will be meeting with producers to tour affected agricultural operations in Sonoma County.
All property owners, directly affected or not, are invited to learn about the process of recovery and rebuilding. If you have not been affected directly we welcome your attendance to learn how you can help with recovery efforts. A portion of the event will include an opportunity to ask questions.
Partnering organizations that will be represented on October 30th include:  American AgCredit, Community Alliance of Family Farmers / The Farmer’s Guild, Gold Ridge Conservation District, Sonoma County Department of Agriculture, Sonoma County Farm Trails, Sonoma County Sheriff, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Sonoma County Winegrowers, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, UC Cooperative Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and USDA Rural Development.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau has been working to support the agricultural community over the last three weeks. Sonoma County Farm Bureau is working with the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center and Sonoma County Animal Services to coordinate donations of feed and supplies for livestock. Sonoma County Farm Bureau also partnered with the Sonoma Grape Growers Foundation to establish a housing recovery fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes.

The sky after some rain; produce study

The air quality is, at least on paper, getting better. It rained .2 inches on Thursday night! Note dark-colored soil due to the presence of moisture in the photo below. The air is definitely worse in other parts of town (like 6 blocks from the Coffey Park neighborhood on Friday, and when I visited Bennett Valley on Weds it was really bad). I got out to the garden on Friday morning and picked a basket of strawberries.  A lot of the “eat today” berries did not take well to being quintuple-washed. 😦

In the evening I started a new compost pile. I only used 4 or 5 buckets of stuff because I sprained my thumb (tho now it feels like the whole wrist) taking off my backpack the other day. SIGH! I’ve really overdone it the last few days, but, you know, vacuuming has to happen, especially after all the smoke in the last week and a half.

On Saturday I am planning on going to an orientation training thing to be part of a study about the effects of fire on produce! Yay! The woman was like, wow, you were really close to the fires. (3.1 miles by our count) I hope that some of the farmers who lost everything in the actual fires have gotten in touch with her!

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