Oakland, CA—Belcampo has reported that approximately 8,000 acres of land on its farm at the base of Mount Shasta have burned in the Zogg Fire. No employees, animals or structures have been harmed or lost and the supply chain is not expected to be affected, according to a company press release. Still burning in Shasta and Tehama Counties in California, the fire has destroyed 40,000 acres of land so far.
“We’re devastated by the losses experienced by our communities, friends, and neighbors due to the ongoing wildfires, and are so fortunate that our team members, animals and farm buildings were unharmed,” said Anya Fernald, Co-founder of Belcampo, in the release. “We feel fortunate that our supply chain will be able to support our business’ planned growth despite this setback, and our hearts go out to all in our area who have also been impacted. The destruction these massive wildfires have caused to the land and infrastructure is real—in our case it will take at least two years for the land to regenerate so our herds can graze there again.”
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The burned pastures represent nearly a quarter of company’s 25,000 total acres of organic and regenerative farmland. The company is currently seeking land to lease as mother cows were scheduled to begin grazing on the now lost winter pastures in November, the press release says.
“Unfortunately we’ve had to recognize the harsh reality that wildfires are now a part of our lives in rural California,” said James Rickert, Farm and Procurement Director of Belcampo, in the press release, “All we can do is lean aggressively into our recovery and continue our fight to be a part of a larger solution for the future.”
For more information about Belcampo, visit www.belcampo.com.