For our next profile in the "From the Ground Up" series, we talk with Ellee Igoe, co-owner, farmer, and education coordinator at Solidarity Farm, and co-coordinator of the Carbon Sink Demonstration Farm at Pauma Tribal Farms. Check out our Q&A on the blog today!
As part of the 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops, hosted in partnership by the Climate Science Alliance and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we are excited to share a series of producer stories, called "From the Ground Up: Farmer Profile," highlighting our region's producers and the important work they do for our communities.
Today's farmer profile is with Ellee Igoe, co-owner, farmer, and education coordinator at Solidarity Farm, and co-coordinator of the Carbon Sink Demonstration Farm at Pauma Tribal Farms. Located in Pauma Valley in northeast San Diego County, Solidarity Farm is on the lands of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation. This 10 acre farm is a worker-owned cooperative, growing a diversity of organic crops while implementing regenerative research projects and supporting community and youth educational programs. These efforts are part of the farm’s vision of “building a more resilient and just food system for all.”
Climate Science Alliance (Alliance): In what ways to climate-related changes impact Solidarity Farm's production?
Ellee Igoe (Igoe): Changing temperatures will have health impacts for farm workers, and can cause crop failure due to germination, frost, and heat damage. Drought causes higher salinity of soils, damage to tissues, reduced yields, and challenges for seed viability with potential for germination failures. More extreme precipitation and flooding can cause cover crop and seed migration (dispersing into new areas). In addition, muddy fields can result in lost harvest days.