At a 10-acre small farm in north Napa, California, Vintage High School students learn the skills of farming. But in the days since wildfires began those same teenagers have become doers rather than learners, taking in livestock and pets. Wednesday afternoon at Vintage Farm, dogs snatched from outside homes menaced by flames were the temporary residents of the wooden turkey pens. Another pen was filled with 10 goats trucked in that same morning. And pipe fences, nets and improvisation had created space for dozens of horses that had arrived at the farm from every fire-battered corner of the county.
Students at Vintage High School are looking after more than 150 animals and taking in gifts of hay, feed and supplies — with the surplus going to other farms in need.