When I lived in Vegas last winter I remember how brutal the cold winds were 🌀 Now that I'm in SoCal, the wind isn't as cold but it's just as strong, causing the #WoolseyFire outside LA that's burning almost a week now and the #SierraFire near me in #IE that broke out at 11 pm last night 🔥 .
It was hard sleeping last night. I saved whatever plants I could and packed up my luggage. I kept going outside to feel the wind and smell the air - using my senses to gage if it was ok to sleep at home. As of this morning, the fire near me is contained and the wind is more calm, but still at it 💨 .
The winds here are NO JOKE. My greenhouse is gone. My personal plants have taken a major hit. Most importantly I am safe. It's been a while since I lived in Cali so I'm assuming these winds are just part of #harvestseason? 🍃 .
Grateful for our loving community of neighbors, emergency first responders and these heroes right here: our #immigrantfarmworkers. They are the most hard working people and often the most ignored, undervalued, and exploited people in our community. Their pay is shameful and they are forced to work in the shittiest conditions, being threatened with firing or deportation at any complaint. Every. Single. Day. 💔 All so we can eat. .
I want you to know who they are. Most of us have no clue what they go through to cross borders to work and what they endure to stay here making a living. Here's a snapshot. .
Last night I tried to stay as calm as possible, packing my essentials and thinking of solutions in case I had to pick up and just go. I'm used to moving and travelling, but being FORCED TO GO? That'd be a first. What would YOU do if you had to leave home? .
You never know what people go through until it happens to you. Hope this gives you a little insight. .
I'm so shook and this shit is so REAL. We need your help. If you are ok, please call to see if your family/friends are ok, and please lend a helping hand 🙏 .
Wanna help? Looking for help? You can find local #communityresources in our InstaStories. Please leave a comment below if you know of anything else we can do to help each other. . (📷 via @growhealthyfood, @JustinoMora1)