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June 2020

Clothing Distribution Underway

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:43 PM by Kristin Snell

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Brave New World

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:41 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 2:55 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

To help celebrate the return of a print edition of Ridge Connections, as well as the first step toward a return of services here at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center, I decided to ask some friends and neighbors how the past several months have been for them, as well as what their hopes for the future might be. Although it’s a random sampling of individuals, a common thread runs through the responses. Spending time with loved ones, devoting one’s time to simple, enriching pursuits, as well as sharing a concerned responsibility for our community and our planet are foremost in their minds and hearts and gives one hope for a brighter future.

“We’ve been doing a lot of gardening together and learning how to learn at home. I look forward to the possibility of finding new approaches to education. I see this as an opportunity for people to refocus on self-sufficiency and sustainability in our community.”

Hilary Hulteen

Twin Ridges Elementary School Board Member, Entertainer & Mom



“I’ve been spending more time with my partner, less time on the road, and more time in the garden and the forest. I’ve been taking lots of pictures of flowers and saving money. I hope that in the future hate withers, love blossoms, and people embrace Nature.”

                Marc Ryan

                             Musician & SJR FRC Custodian



“My life hasn’t changed very much since I’m retired. I’m doing more activist work and I’m part of the Music in the Mountains Chorus. We have been putting together classical choral pieces and recording our parts. Music in the Mountains’ artistic director and conductor, Ryan Murray, is putting them all together. It’s so wonderful!

My biggest hope is that there is a vaccine very soon so that we can go on to more social interaction. More importantly, I hope that people will continue to be in the mindset that we don’t need to use our cars as much as we have in the past. The pandemic has been good for the Earth, environmentally.”

Janie Kesselman

Co-editor, Camptonville Courier


“I’ve been working and gardening. Grizzly Hill’s new normal is not normal at all. Students and teachers are not on site. The only people on site are administration and maintenance, so we are all wearing many hats. I hope that we can find a new way of being where everyone gets their needs met.”

                                                                                                    Kelly Moreno

Twin Ridges Elementary School District &

Grizzly Hill School Secretary


“The biggest change has been not being able to provide as many activities outside the house with my kids. There have been no playdates with friends or visits to parks. Aside from that, because I’m a farmer and need to be home most of the time for my animals, not much has really changed.

I hope people will consume less and try to become more sustainable and community oriented. Many people are always wondering about where they’re going to travel to next or what adventure they’re going to go on.  It would be nice if people would want to be more focused on developing and supporting our local community.”

Heidi Ryan

Farmer & Mother, NSJ Fire Protection District Manager of Operations & Personnel


“I’ve greatly enjoyed luxuriating in daily naps, seeing my grandchildren so often that I no longer marvel at how much they’ve grown between visits, delighting in watching the grosbeaks ravenously attack our backyard bird feeder, planting our first large garden in a decade, not driving even once to the Nevada City/Grass Valley area, and rarely being in a hurry. My hope for the future is that I will be able to live a balanced life, to not only occasionally stop to smell the roses, but to take time to nurture them as well. Being able to experience an entire season in my forest home, surrounded by a loving family and a teeming natural world that is oblivious to politics and petty folly has been a nourishing and often sublime gift. As the gateway to a brave new world opens before us, I hope to pass through it gracefully with a renewed spirit of appreciation. May we be blessed with long and happy lives!"

         Diana Pasquini

                                   Gardner, Grandmother, Ornithophile

           San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center Community School Liaison




Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Harvest & BriarPatch Food Co-op Launch Forever Farms Partnership to Protect Local Food Production & Supply

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:31 PM by Kristin Snell

by the Bear Yuba Land Trust, first published on YubaNet

May 12, 2020 – As many follow the State mandated “stay-at-home” order, a dedicated, passionate and essential workforce has been putting in long hours on behalf of all of us: farmers. With their hands in the soil, farmers are protecting our local food supply, vital to the resilience of our community. To support these efforts, the food that they grow, and the future of local food production, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Harvest, and BriarPatch Community Food Co-op are thrilled to announce a new partnership, Forever Farms, to secure and protect farmland in our region, in perpetuity.

The first project of immediate significance is the protection of the organic farmland that feeds our community and grows future farmers, Mountain Bounty Farm. In December 2020, Mountain Bounty’s farmland lease on the 37-acre Birchville Road property in North San Juan expires with no option for a long-term agreement.

During the first week of California’s stay-at-home orders, Mountain Bounty Farm unexpectedly sold an additional 250 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. To date, the weekly produce boxes feed 820 households from Nevada County to Tahoe and Reno, with a waitlist that continues to grow. The Farm is the oldest and largest CSA in the Sierras that supplies a variety of stores, restaurants, food banks, care centers, schools and markets throughout the region and is the second-largest vegetable supplier to the BriarPatch Food Co-op in Grass Valley.

In a recent feature by National Public Radio, Mountain Bounty Farm’s owner, John Tecklin said about the CSA farm model: “It’s local food security for our community. In these times, it’s more important than ever…” CSA’s, in a sense, are pandemic-proof with demand that continues to increase; food is grown and delivered directly from the farm to the customer, bypassing the traditional food supply chain. There is security in this model.

However, the land the food is grown on must also be secure. Many local farmers rely on short-term leases on private lands to grow their food. The urgent need exists to ensure the protection of our farmland and allow farmers access to grow and feed our community. The Forever Farms Program is addressing this need by bolstering local farmland security and local food security through a coordinated fundraising campaign to assist Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) in purchasing prime farmland for the benefit of the community. For this first project, BYLT will hold the land in fee title and enter into a long-term, evergreen lease with Mountain Bounty Farm to guarantee this land can remain in agricultural production and feed our community forever.

To date, the Forever Farms partners have raised over 60% of the funding required to secure the land with an additional $250,000 needed by July 1st. The partners are asking that community members step up and help bridge this gap by donating and helping spread the word. Our food future depends on it.

The time is ripe for this Forever Farms Program. Farmers and ranchers need land security to ensure our food security. I urge you to stand with us to protect the land that grows our food.” -Erin Tarr, Co-Executive Director, Bear Yuba Land Trust

Local food production is the cornerstone of community resilience. When we as a community support our farms, they in turn are able to support us in times of need. Mountain Bounty is the largest of the many farms that ensure that our community is fed, no matter what.” – Molly Nakahara, Farm Institute Director, Sierra Harvest

Join us in building a more resilient Nevada County by making a tax-deductible donation today at


An Update from the In’imim Forest

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:30 PM by Kristin Snell

by Cynthia King, Yuba Watershed Institute

Dear Friends of YWI,

We hope that this message finds you well, safe, and as healthy as possible. It has been a difficult few months, between the COVID-19 pandemic, related economic disruptions, and the recent protests resulting from the police violence and deeply entrenched racial injustice in this country. While our work on the ‘Inimim Forest sometimes feels far away from these disturbances, we are, in fact, all connected and affected by these larger events. Our thoughts are with everyone who is struggling in these times, and we are committed to doing our part to strengthen the health, resilience, and equity within our human and natural communities.

We’re writing to share a few updates on our recent work to increase the resilience of the ‘Inimim Forest and to improve the health of the broader Yuba watershed.

With the help of Mooretown Rancheria, MP Forestry, and Sierra Nevada Forestry Service, we have successfully implemented a 200-feet wide shaded fuel break on 55-acres of the ‘Inimim Forest. The project improves safety in the case of a wildfire by reducing understory fuels along key roads needed for ingress and egress. Approximately 1,350 yards of material were chipped and hauled to the former San Juan Mine site, to be used as part of a future restoration effort.

We have also been working with the Washington Ridge CAL FIRE crews on additional understory fuels reduction on the Bear Tree parcel, near Farrell Ravine Way. The treatment there has been hand cutting and piling small diameter material for future burning. The BLM burned some of last year’s piles on the Bear Tree and Shields Camp parcels this winter. We encourage you to visit those sites, to see how the forest looks before, during, and after these treatments. These two projects are funded by a grant from CAL FIRE.

With the help of local contractors John Jaynes, Michael DesTombe, and Don Prairie we felled about 15 acres of dead or dying hazard trees along Shields Camp, Lake City, Jackass Flats, Kadaheska, and Sumi Roads. Some of these trees were sold to the mill, some were left in place, and some were masticated to expedite decomposition. With droughts and beetle kills likely to recur in the coming years, we are experimenting with different methods of removing these hazardous trees in economical ways, and look forward to monitoring the ecological outcomes in the months and years ahead. This work was funded by a grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Just before the statewide shelter-in-place order, we co-hosted our first Women’s Land Stewardship and Chainsaw Workshop with Mud and Pearls. The event was a great success and we look forward to offering similar workshops in the future to empower women to be knowledgeable and active stewards of our ecological landscapes.

Looking forward, we are pleased to announce that in March we received three grants from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to support new and ongoing projects. Two of these grants will launch new planning projects at Round Mountain and Little Deer Creek, and the third one will support implementation of forest restoration treatments on 314 acres of the ‘Inimim Forest. We are delighted to receive additional funding support from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and look forward to working with community members and new partners, such as Sierra Streams Institute and the Bear Yuba Land Trust, to expand collaborative stewardship with the BLM and private landowners south of the South Fork of the Yuba River.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in and support of our work. Please reach out with questions or ideas about how we can work together going forward.

Photo caption: Mike DesTombe felling a hazard tree on the Shields Camp parcel


Community Library Update

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:28 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 2:56 PM ]

The San Juan Ridge Community Library is now open Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-5 for window service. Tech support  and other services are available during that time on an as needed basis. The book drop is also open to receive returns.

Please call 292.3008 for additional info


Ridge Youth Soccer Team Forming

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:27 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 2:57 PM ]

by Heidi Ryan, Coach and Parent

I have been communicating with Gold Country Soccer League about getting a ‘Ridge’ soccer team in the league this year. If there are enough kids registered for specific age groups, we can team(s) out here which means practices on the Ridge and only going to town Saturdays for games. I am definitely interested in coaching an Under 6 team (kids born in 2015 & 2016), so I am starting to tell parents to generate interest. There is also interest from another family in leading a Under 8 team. Season requirements (that I am aware of): practice a couple days a week starting in August, Saturday games beginning in September for a total of 8 games.

The League can cancel the season at any time due to COVID; refunds will be issued less the $25 cost of the uniform. Registration is now $125 (includes uniform and 5x7 team photo). Kids need to have soccer cleats and shin guards.

If you are interested, please call 559.1045 or via email at

Nurturing Parenting Seminar

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:26 PM by Kristin Snell

Editor’s note: Although this class has already begun, if you would be interested in a  future class, please contact the instructor, Annie Keeling, at 268.5086.


Summer Camps Cancelled

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:24 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 2:58 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Regrettably, our Sports and Art Camp summer programs will not be held this year. We know how much these camps mean to our kids and we share your disappointment.

Many, many heartfelt thanks to all who offered support for our camps. Your encouragement, willingness to volunteer and raffle prize donations mean so much. We are hopeful that our fun-filled, enriching camps will return next summer and be just as wonderful as ever.



The San Juan Ridge Counts!

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:23 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Once each decade, an effort is made to inclusively count all residents of our nation and gather demographic information on our population that informs important decisions for years to come.

Why should you care? Data from the 2020 Census is used in many ways that impact each of our lives. Among them:

¨ Education:  The census helps determine federal funding support to programs such as Head Start, affects special education and after school budgets and allocations for nutritional programs for students

¨ Transportation: $675 billion in federal funds are spent annually on critical transportation infrastructure and census info helps guide decisions on where to put those dollars

¨ Disaster preparedness: Funds to support emergency response are determined in part by census info

¨ Social services: Budgets for programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI),  WIC, CalFresh and CalWORKs are shaped by census data

¨ Representation: According to, “Our nation’s future prosperity is shaped in part by the accuracy of the data collected by the Census Bureau on the nation’s population, and on its racial, ethnic and national origin groups.  These data help ensure fair and representative reapportionment and redistricting. They guide a wide range of decisions made in the public and private sectors that affect the lives of all Americans.”

As of this writing on June 8th, only 26.3% of residents in the census tract that covers the Ridge have responded to the census.  The self-response phase, originally scheduled to end July 31, will be extended to October 31 due to COVID-19. After that date, enumerators will be sent into the community to visit households who have not responded in person to collect census data. If you wish to avoid that scenario this fall, complete your census! It takes only 10 minutes and can make a big impact in so many ways.

How can you complete the Census? For the first time, the Census form is available to complete online in 13 languages. Visit  You can also complete the Census via phone by calling 844-330-2020 for English or  844-468-2020 for Spanish (other languages available as well, please see the website for the full list).

For more info, please visit:


Local Mental Health Support Available

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:21 PM by Kristin Snell

From the County of Nevada at

Many people are experiencing stress, fear, and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak. The need for social distancing can also make it harder to access our normal social supports, which can impact our mental health. Below are some helpful resources for managing your mental health during this difficult time.

For up‐to‐date information about the coronavirus and verified local, state, and federal information, go to or call 2‐1‐1 (or 833‐342‐5211).

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call our local 24/7 Nevada County Crisis Line at 530‐265‐5811 or toll-free at 1-888-801-1437

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1‐800‐273‐8255

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Line: 1‐800‐985‐5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor

SPIRIT Center warm line for local peer support (general emotional support, strengths‐based and recovery model oriented) at 530 274‐1431; 10am‐3pm Tuesday through Saturday

California Peer‐Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non‐emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support (available 24/7).

Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 required.

Call 911 if a suicide attempt is underway or immediate medical attention is required.


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