Fans of pasture-raised chicken and eggs from the North Bay's Soul Food Farm were no doubt saddened to learn about last Thursday's devastating fire. There were some great things in the works on the farm. As we noted last month
, Soul Food was readying up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for chickens and eggs. Now, The Ethicurean
blog reports, "not only is the CSA on hold, but ... the farm itself may be too crippled to survive." Soul Food's Alexis Koefoed described the fire's damage in grim terms, noting, "We lost 1,000 baby chicks. Trapped. Our old 1880s barn burned .... Thirty acres of pasture for the meat birds is gone." Tragic. Soul Food's customers included Coi, Quince, and Chez Panisse.
There are ways you can help, either by contributing to a PayPal fund to help the farm recover, or by mailing donations directly to Soul Food Farm, 6046 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville, CA 95688. A benefit dinner put on by 18 Reasons is also in the works. SFoodie will post more updates as they come in.