Dear Friends of Molino Creek Farming Collective,
Last Wednesday our historic and iconic community farm was ravaged by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire as it exploded across the Santa Cruz Mountains. We are all safe and mostly still evacuated, but our farm and community has suffered extensive damage. We are asking here for your help to stabilize the emergency situation.
After we take care of basic safety and critical infrastructure, we hope that the farming operations can salvage some production for 2020. Beyond the basic recovery, we will begin to take some baby steps for post-catastrophe transformation.
Besides several precious homes, we lost large portions of our water system, many orchard trees, some of the new 2 Dog vineyard, much of our deer fence, our mechanics garage, gates, and irrigation. These funds will help us restore the basics in order to begin our recovery and prepare for the future.
Our partners who have lost their homes have their own individual GoFundMe campaigns for their personal emergency recovery:
Mark and Nancy Bartle (2DogFarm)-
Sharon Potteiger and Mark Jones -
We are so thankful for an extensive and supportive community. As we get ourselves stabilized we will do whatever we can to support our neighbors and communities in Davenport, Swanton, Bonny Doon, etc.
For more background on Molino Creek Farming Collective and (eventually) current reports on what is happening:
TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
Above - by Grey Hayes. View north from middle of Molino Creek Farm, 3 days since the firestorm.
Below - by Mark Lipson. View NE, towards Swanton Valley and Waddell Creek, dawn on Sunday Aug. 16 after the Night of Lightning. #Warnella and #Waddell fires had already ignited.
- Suzanne Schrift
- Elliot Trifilo
- Kathleen Kiibler