I have been an active participant in local sustainability planning and politics during my 22 years as an Ojai resident. These experiences have given me insight into the organizational players and unique needs of our community. The recent fire, continuing drought, water cutbacks and extreme flooding have highlighted that the climate crisis is at our doorstep and we need pragmatic but visionary political action. I am running for off to galvanize the community towards that action. We need collaborative solutions based on sound data, an engaged public, competent analysis and careful long term planning.
There are many different soils, crops, and farmers. For those who see problems developing and want to get off the chemical treadmill, a program of reducing amounts of fertilizer, using slow-release types, replenishing organic matter, and reintroducing beneficial microorganisms can create productive soils that follow regenerative principles.