Thankfully now the Northern California wildfires are contained and this natural disaster seems to be behind us. Tens of thousands of acres were burned, thousands of structures destroyed, and people from all walks of life were displaced. The immediate need we face is to support the affected farmers who, like many of those in the cannabis space, lack protections that are available to other businesses. It is clear that a lot of funds will be needed for recovery efforts, and we are seeking the support of the entire cannabis community to keep those funds coming.
We must come together, rise to the occasion, and provide material support for our displaced community members. RISE TOGETHER is an opportunity for us to support our friends in the North, have a great time, and unite under a common purpose.
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FIRE IMPACT INFORMATION from the CGA:
Confirmed losses and damage:
In Sonoma and Mendocino, we have confirmed at least 44 farms and related businesses that have suffered significant damages and losses because of the wildfires.
We are working to confirm 11 more reports.
We have several unconfirmed reports of farms impacted in Santa Cruz.
We estimate at least $40 million in wholesale value was lost from wildfire directly.
We are estimating the expected recovery cost at $3.4 million. To date we have raised $104,720. We have made no expenditures.
Priorities and Goals
The CalGrowers Wildfire Recovery Fund is focused on ensuring that losses from wildfire do not stand in the way of any growers getting a state license in January.