Wildfire and Agriculture Media

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Podcasts & Audio Recordings


farming equipment with fire retardantHost of Sustainability Now!, Ronnie Lipshultz, presents, “Fire, Fire on the Mountain!: New Threats to Organic Farming in California” via KSQD 90.7 FM and KSQD.org

  • Farming is tough enough as it is, but when farmers face the loss of organic certification due to climate-related disasters and wildfires, what can they do?

  • Listen in as Ronnie facilitates a discussion with Amber Schat, a Wildfire Resilience Specialist at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and David Obermiller, a farmer with Harvest Fields Organic Farm in Fresno County, to speak about their experience with such challenges and programs that address them.


In this episode we visit Cheetah Tchudi at his diversified operation in Yankee Hill, Butte County, CA. Cheetah shares his experience surviving the 2018 Paradise wildfire, and some methods for recovery; addressing toxic ash using fungi to capture and and treat persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDING, or find it on Spotify and Apple Music!

Show Notes:

Production Team:

  • Podcast hosted by Amber Schat- Wildfire Resilience Specialist at CAFF
  • Audio engineering and editing by Coby McDonald 
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions 

In this episode, Sarah Keiser of Wild Oat Hollow in Penngrove, CA describes her entry into ranching and how her love of the land positioned her to become a leader in developing and supporting community grazing cooperatives. Join us as Sarah shares her experience with wildfires in Sonoma County and how grazing is making a difference for regional wildfire protection and preparedness, while also working to reconnect locals with the ecology of the region and each other.

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDING, or find it on Spotify and Apple Music!

Show Notes:

Production Team:

  • Podcast hosted by Amber Schat
  • Audio engineering and editing by Coby McDonald 
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions 
  • Release Date: 11/30/2022

In this episode, we travel to First Rain Farm in Nevada County, where Tim Van Wagner is integrating a number of effective wildfire preparation methods on his property, as well as those of his neighbors and surrounding community. By combining targeted ecological grazing and prescribed burns, Tim is able to rehabilitate overgrown forests in the foothills to productive foraging systems that support greater biodiversity, sequester more carbon, and improve soil health and water quality in the region- all while also reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECORDING or find it on Apple Music and Spotify!

Show Notes:

Production Team:

  • Podcast hosted by Amber Schat- Wildfire Resilience Specialist at CAFF
  • Audio engineering and editing by Coby McDonald 
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions
  • Release Date: 12/14/2022

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In this episode we connect with Beth Reynolds of The Goat Girls, a woman owned and operated contract grazing operation located on California’s Central Coast to learn about her successes and challenges with long term viability of the targeted grazing industry, especially as it relates to fire preparedness and fuels management. 

Over the last decade, California has experienced the most dangerous, destructive, and environmentally hazardous wildfires in the history of the state. Prescribed grazing is a versatile and ecologically-based wildfire mitigation strategy with scientifically proven benefits to our environment, soil, and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Prescribed grazing complements other vegetation management practices through the reduction of fuel loads and implementation in areas where controlled burns are considered too risky or not appropriate for the ecosystem.

Later in the episode, we join Senator Monique Limón on a tour of a grazing operation in Ojai Valley, who represents District 19 in Santa Barbara County. She authored Senate Bill 675 and introduced it in February of this year in order to enhance wildfire mitigation efforts by expanding statewide prescribed grazing efforts. 

Click HERE for the recording, or find it on Apply Music and Spotify!

  • Podcast hosted by Amber Schat and supported by Grizzly Corps Fellow, Joshua Harjes
  • Audio engineering and editing by Coby McDonald 
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions
  • Release Date: 12/08/202

Videos & Webinars


Hardening agricultural operations and creating defensible spaces are critical steps to prevent catastrophic losses during fire events.

  • Science-based solutions have led to the adoption of regulations and building component safety standards, but they have primarily been focused on single-family homes and Wildland-Urban Interface residential communities.
  • Additionally, they typically refer to new buildings and do not teach about fire hazards or mitigation techniques for existing structures and equipment.
  • It is therefore difficult for rural and farming communities to find information tailored to non-urban homes and structures, such as barns and greenhouses, or other operating resources (water, electricity, etc.).
  • This lack of information presents a high risk to these communities not only during fires, but also afterward, when they cannot return to work.
  • The webinar provides farmers and rural communities with the information they need to understand how fire can reach their properties, mitigate the risk and prioritize efforts to create fire-resilient environments.
  • Since the costs and time necessary for improvements can be deterring factors for many people, especially small farmers with time constraints, this presentation focuses on solutions that can be readily adopted before or during a fire event, and that could help present and future farmers prevent catastrophic losses.


  • Two women-led farming operations in Santa Cruz County describe their experiences with wildfire impacts from the August 2020 CZU Lightning Complex and share tips and methods for recovery and preparedness in hopes of helping others
  • “Moving Forward- Preparing for Wildfire” is a short film produced by Doriana and Jeff Hammond of West Cliff Creative, a Santa Cruz-based videography and documentary business. 
  • This film was made possible by a grant from the American Red Cross.
  • A live, in-person screening and Q&A with the famers and videographers is in the works for mid-January, stay tuned for details!