Community-Supported Grazing Program
Our Stakeholder Convening was a success!
On June 25, 2021, about 60 key stakeholders attended to learn more about our Community-Supported Grazing was held at the lovely Ojai Retreat & Inn who graciously donated this great venue. Our four-legged firefighters were on both sides of the Ojai Retreat and demonstrated prescribed grazing in action. The California Fire Safe Council was there filming the event (soon to be posted here).
Many thanks to our great sponsors:
Ojai Retreat & Inn
Topa Topa Brewing Company
Walk and Talk with the Shepherds!
Join us in the Fall for a public event to meet our team and learn more about the Community-Supported Grazing Program.
We are at the new Ojai Community Farmers Market starting June 3, and then every Thursday thereafter, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The OCFM will be at the Chaparral campus of the Ojai Unified School District in downtown Ojai. Come by our booth and learn more about our programs and wildfire safety. See www.ojaicommunityfarmersmarket.com.
Community-Supported Grazing Program has begun
- OVFSC received a $15,000 grant from Cienega Capital LLC and a $2,500 grant from the Briarwood Farm Foundation.
- OVFSC has been awarded a $13,000 grant from the State of California Listos! Program through the California Fire Safe Council. $10,000 of this grant is for tools and equipment. $3,000 is for community outreach and other program expenses.
- OVFSC was also awarded a branded pop-up, signage, media toolkit and other educational materials, and a customized tool trailer.
- OVFSC has been awarded a $15,000 grant from SCE through the California Fire Safe Council. The funds will be used for grazing fees, special events and community outreach and education.
- OVFSC has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the California Fire Foundation to support the Community-Supported Grazing Program. The funding will go to equipment and to supplement grazing expenses on our demonstration sites.
- OVFSC has partnered with Thacher School, Oak Grove School, Krishnamurti Foundation of America, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, and Besant Hill School to establish demonstration and pilot sites for the grazing program. Grazing began in April 2021. We are planning on events to involve and educate the public. The Ventura County Fire Protection District is fully supportive of our grazing program and will provide direct funding and in-kind contributions of hand crews, tools and equipment, GIS/Mapping support, and other technical assistance.
- 8/27/2021: Here is a great short video which provides some exciting background and updates related to the OVFSC and the Community Supported Grazing Program. Must watch!
- The OVFSC got a nice mention in the recent edition of “Fire Lines” which is the official California Fire Foundation Newsletter.
- We have received our new custom tool trailer from the State of California Listos! Grant Program along with $10,000 to equip it with tools.
- Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council joins the Ojai 4th of July Parade.
- The City of Ojai allocated $50,000 in its 2021-2022 General Budget to the OVFSC to support our efforts to increase wildfire safety and preparedness in the Ojai Valley. This funding is currently budgeted to support the development of a local Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The OVFSC has applied for funding from the USDA State Fire Assistance grant program for the balance of the funds needed to complete the CWPP. This commitment from the City recognizes the value of the OVFSC’s services and programs.
- OVFSC is formally collaborating with Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (formerly Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council), Bell Canyon Fire Safe Council, and Jensen Hughes, a fire safety engineering firm, to jointly apply for the CAL FIRE 2021 Fire Prevention Grant. We are anticipating that this collaboration will continue indefinitely to increase funding success overall and to better coordinate the funding obtained.
- Recent report states Ojai is in the top 1% for wildfire risk in the nation. Download the Ojai Wildfire Risk 2021 report here