Family Farm Burned in Lilac Fire

Our family farm in Bonsall, CA sadly burned on Thursday 12/7 from the extremely destructive and fast-moving Lilac fire. Our family business has been selling avocados, oranges and aromatherapy products at Jimbos for over 20 years, as well as OB People's Farmers Market and several other local businesses. This is a devastating and heartbreaking loss for our family as well as to the families of our two employees, who both live on the property. One of our employees has been working for us since 1996 and has five kids to support.

Brave firefighters were able to save 3 out of the 4 structures on the property, but about 250 avocado trees were destroyed, which represents a significant portion of my family’s livelihood and source of income. The lost income from losing the avocado grove is not covered by insurance. The water infrastructure and irrigation system also melted completely. Our insurance company has informed us this that NONE of these damages will be covered.
 
Right now, my mom is pretty overwhelmed with everything so I am trying to help by posting this to raise money to help her and the farm with its repair and rebuilding costs.

12/19 Update: Thanks to all your kind and generous donations, my mom was able to fix the water meter infrastructure (including all the valves, pressure regulator etc.) which had melted completely.  She is very grateful to have running water! They are now in the process of fixing the irrigation to hopefully save any partially burned trees.  The irrigation materials and associated labor to repair it, cutting down burned trees and pruning damaged trees will cost approximately $5-$8K and is not covered by insurance. The most significant loss will be that of this years’ harvest and the lost production for the several years (replanting new trees takes years before they bear fruit). Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Here is our family business website: http://www.rsorganics.com
Here is our Facebook page:
https://m.facebook.com/Rancho-Shiraz-Organic-Farm-210262212353940/

Donations

  • Ishmael Omulindi 
    • $20 
    • 23 mos
  • Helen Cox 
    • $200 
    • 30 mos
  • Sharon Hammond 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Anne Hanley 
    • $40 
    • 30 mos
  • Dianne Wepsic 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Zephyr Gold 
Organizer
Bonsall, CA
Ginger Bahardar 
Beneficiary
  • #1 fundraising platform

    People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more