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 

Videos & Webinars

Beeline Blooms Farm

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.


Wildfire Farmer recovery and preparedness short film from survivors in the Santa Cruz mountains. Coming in December!