Recent Events

Community-Supported Grazing Program

Our Stakeholder Convening was a success!

This is an amazing project.  Your team is in their element and working on a wonderful project that can become a permanent part of the region’s stewardship and resiliency.  All the organizations that OVFSC has brought together are a positive perfect storm.  It is an honor to be associated with this project!

Charles Barth, Executive Director, Slow Food Ventura County

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

Flying Embers

Topa Topa Brewing Company

Ojai Unified School District

Upcoming Events

Walk and Talk with the Shepherds!

Join us in the Spring for a public event to meet our team and learn more about the Community-Supported Grazing Program.

We are at the Ojai Community Farmers Market once every month.  The OCFM is at the Chaparral Campus of the Ojai Unified School District in downtown Ojai every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.   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.

 

NEWS

  • 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.

  • In 2010, OVFSC developed the first and only Ventura County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).  The countywide CWPP is currently being updated through a collaboration between the four Fire Safe Council in Ventura County, led by Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council.  As part of that update process, local CWPPs will be developed for areas that are at greater risk from wildfire than other areas in the county, such as the Ojai Valley.   OVFSC is launching the development of the Ojai Valley CWPP in November with funding from the City of Ojai ($50,000), and the USDA State Fire Assistance program ($150,000).  The development of our local CWPP will require significant community involvement.  A dedicated web portal will be established to facilitate community involvement.  Please watch for updates regarding this important initiative.
  • The recent CAL FIRE award will fund the following projects in the Ojai Valley:
    • Fine-Scale Risk Mapping and Data Dashboard
    • Wildfire Vulnerability and Evacuation Assessment
    • Outreach & Education Campaign
    • Home Hardening Resiliency Program

 

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