Farm Focus: Giving Stand

Anybody that has been in the northern California or seen the news in the last two weeks knows of the shocking tragedies that have occurred in Butte County from the Camp Fire. While the sadness has washed over us all repeatedly, there have been stories of strength and generosity that help to provide light in a dark time.

When tragedy strikes, people try to help in the best ways they know how. For farmers, that means getting food to those who need it. The folks from Five Marys Farms jumped right in the day after the fire with grassroots effort to feed families displaced from the fire and the folks that were opening their homes. What started with 5,500 lbs of their ranch raised beef quickly grew. They were able to raise $45,000 in cash donations via social media to buy each family grocery store gift cards.

Other amazing farms got involved, like Happy Acre out of Sunol, who got a truck to bring produce from many farms who had excess vegetables from canceled markets. We sent along a pallet of Warren Pears and another farm sent pistachios. It wasn't just farms - bakeries sent bread, Clif Bar donated bars and Carhart donated warm gear. All of this generosity culiminated in the Giving Stand at St John the Baptist Church in Chico where they distributed bags of groceries to over 600 families on Thanksgiving day.

While we will be holding the pain of the tragedy in our hearts for a long time, it is always heartening to see the strength and generosity of our community in action.