Fire Relief for Rickard/Glick Fam
Rachel, Jacob, and their two daughters, Alora (8) and Natoma (6), have been deeply affected by the Camp-Pulga Fire. They have spent the last five years cultivating a medicinal herb garden and farm using sustainable permaculture practices. Four years ago they planted 40 fruit trees and were just enjoying some of the first fruits, including persimmons, figs, and asian pears. Their two daughters, who they homeschool, spent their last days on the land running among the bright flowers, caring for the animals, and planting the fall beds.
Rachel co-founded the Elderberry Apothecary, which provides medicine made from her land to the community through many free, educational herbal workshops and events. She also teaches at two elementary aged homeschool programs in town. She has used her knowledge and work on her land to constantly give back to and help heal her community.
Jacob, a certified permaculture designer, has dedicated himself to rebuilding California’s land through regenerative food forest practices. He has been working in the community to help others bring the vision of sustainability to reality, while also being enrolled in Butte college as a biology major.
They were lucky to have time to grab some precious belongings as they were forced to evacuate, but that land has likely been lost, and they could only save so much. They are displaced, unable to continue their work and go to school, and lacking in basic supplies. The girls are sharing one car seat between them and are relying on the kindness of friends, family, and strangers. Please help support them through these devastating times with your donation here.
**We updated the goal to $30k. Checks and paypal also accepted. Whatever the outcome of the house, the family will seek a new beginning. THANK YOU
These last two weeks have been an intense roller coaster of emotions. The unknowingness of the status of our property and the constant flare ups and fire lines being redrawn has had us in limbo. But now we can express gratitude for the fact that our home stands. Fire ripped through our Concow community and burned almost our entire mountain, Our surroundings are charred, but our place and several others on Big Bend ridge were spared. We are still under a mandatory evacuation order and roads remain closed for an undisclosed amount of time. We are grateful that CalFire and PGE crews are working to make the area safe again so that we can go back. For now we will be basing out of a generously borrowed trailer and staying with kind hearted friends in Chico. We will be resuming school and work on Monday. As well as begin the bigger work of grieving, healing and re-envisioning our community and our place in it. The fire has affected so many and in so many different ways. The lasting impact of the outpour of love and support through our greater community and the many generous offers we have received, we hope to pay forward. We would not be nearly as strong without the help of our friends. We are not really sure what life will look like for us, our friends, for our future.. But we remain strong and hopeful that through this we will be able to build again, the beautiful connections and feelings of togetherness we had before.
Thank you for your donations to our relief funds. We intend to use a large portion of this money to help create opportunity for those in our community that have lost more than us. Many in our community have lost their homes by this fire and we would like to open our doors to housing them locally. We live 45 minutes from town in the mountains and this rural independent life is one that our friends and their children have chosen out personal values and strength. It is not easy to be forced to move and into a different way of living. Since our home and its outbuildings are still standing, we want to be able to offer free semi long term housing to displaced families. These donations will allow us to insulate, bring plumbing, electricity, and heat to at least two structures that can then function as tiny homes. Once we are back on our feet and on our property, we hope that the funds raised will allow us to offer a couple of families a more comfortable place to be until they find new homes. As well as soften the financial impact of this tragedy for our family.
We are feeling very supported and loved by you! Your kind words and generous offers and donations are the Salve to our soul right now in this horrific tragedy. We do not yet know the status of our structure, the Fire line is in our backyard. Pins and needles. The Fire has ripped through our Big Bend as well as our Concow community. Today, we grieve and pray for the loss being experienced by our community. We are grateful to have our two cats and dog and a base in Sacramento through Thanksgiving. We are committed to our Chico community, and want to finish the semester of school, work, and be with our tribe. We are hoping to find a place in the greater Chico area to park a trailer from Nov 25th to Dec 16th. That's as far as we can imagine now. Thank you everyone for your support. We are going to make it through this stronger and with more clarity of purpose, compassion, and appreciation.
~Rachel Jacob Alora & Natoma