Nevada City Rotary celebrates Earth Day by restoring Woolman Farm |

Nevada City Rotary celebrates Earth Day by restoring Woolman Farm


Rotarian Tom Milam works on restoring the irrigation system at The Woolman Center’s organic farm in Nevada City. Last summer’s Jones Fire destroyed 19 structures at the Center, including farm buildings, fencing and irrigation.

In August 2020, the Jones Fire raged through the South Yuba River Canyon up Jones Ridge near Nevada City, devastating lands and buildings in its path. The Woolman at Sierra Friends Center campus was hit hard. The fire destroyed 19 structures including the farm buildings, fence and irrigation. Now the Center is looking to rebuild and replant under the direction of Malaika Bishop, a local farmer and stewardship associate with Sierra Harvest.

In celebration of Rotary’s new Protecting the Environment focus, Nevada City Rotary initiated an environmental project for Earth Day on April 22 and “Rotarians At Work Day 2021.” The club worked with Bishop cleaning up the orchard and garden, repairing irrigation lines, and replanting an extended hedge of pollinator plants donated by Nevada City Rotary and a grant from Rotary District 5190. The Center is planning to repair fencing and hoop houses as it rebuilds the garden.

Supporting local healthy farms is critical to ensuring food security and a healthy environment for the community, said organizers. Club members partner in the outdoor socially distanced project, digging in the dirt together in an effort to rebuild the community and help ensure local healthy food sustainability.

Restoration of Woolman Farm is still in its early stages. Bishop is hosting a series of weekly work days on Thursdays and Saturdays through June 5. The community is invited to help bring the small farm back into production at socially distanced work parties. Activities vary weekly: Something for everyone from pruning, transplanting, weeding, to building, digging, setting fence posts. To learn more and sign up, visit

Nevada City Rotary is currently meeting each Thursday via Zoom. For more information, email or visit

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