Wildfires are one of the biggest risks that Berkeley faces. In the wildland urban interface, it's hard to stop flames from jumping from forest to homes.
To protect our city, I propose we create an agricultural buffer to provide a defensible, attractive, and productive space between neighborhoods and forests. Farmland has a lower fuel load and flammability than homes or forest, and during recent wildfires, farms were a critical buffer that saved many homes. Cal Fire notes that intensive agriculture minimizes the risk of fire.
These farms would also provide food for our many farm-to-table restaurants as well as to food donation programs. With some areas reserved for community garden plots, they would also give unique education and recreation opportunities for everyone.
To maximize food productivity and minimize neighborhood impacts, all such farms would be plants only.