Local Food Movement

Our BIG vision is the environmentally and economically sustainable, equitable local food system in Solano County.

In September, 2017, Sustainable Solano was awarded a 15-month Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) planning grant by the United States Department of Agriculture. Sustainable Solano has partnered with researchers at UC Davis, Solano County Department of Agriculture and Department of Public Health to conduct a feasibility study, develop an effective business plan, and outline implementation for local food businesses that aggregate, process and distribute locally-produced, healthy food products. Click here to learn more.

Our vision is to create Community Food Centers in each of Solano major cities that serve as hubs for local food activities: CSAs deliveries, cooking classes, community education, and large kitchens where chefs and community members can cook wholesome nutritious meals. These food centers will increase access to seasonal, locally-produced food and ultimately better health and well-being for residents county-wide.


Local Food Advisory Board

Jose Arriaga, Interim Agricultural Commissioner, Solano County

Robin Cox, Sr. Health Services Manager, Solano Public Health

Gail Feenstra, Deputy Director SAREP, UC Davis

Amy Hartman, Solano County Regional Representative, Greenbelt Alliance

Sarah Hawkins, Solano County Farmbudsman

Mike Ioakimedes, Business Development Manager, Solano County Fair Association

Kristin Kiesel, Lecturer PSOE, Agricultural & Resource Economics Dept., UC Davis

Wendy Loomas, Health Services Manager, Solano Public Health

Ben Lyons, Farmer, Lockewood Acres

Denise Lyons, Farmer, Lockewood Acres + Criminalist Supervisor, Solano County DA

Jahniah McGill, Environmental Health Supervisor, Solano County

Greg Morrison, Board Member, Cultivate Community Food Co-Op

Stann Whipple, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Sustainable Solano

Wendy Rash,  District Conservationist for the Vacaville Service Center, USDA-NRCS

Sarah Hawkins, Solano County Farmbudsman


Next Economy: Making Sense of Our Banking System

This discussion shared insights into why the current financial system is going the way it is and how we might begin to alter that course.

Garden Tour: Join Us For a Demonstration Food Forest Tour and Talk!

Join us April 27 to tour 10 demonstration food forest gardens in Benicia and Vallejo.

Sustainable Solano Seeks Lead Landscape Designer

As Kathleen plans to move back to Oklahoma, we are seeking someone who understands permaculture and uses its principles in food forest garden design to step into that role.

Interested in Sustainable Landscaping and Community-Building? Tell Us!

We’ve created a quick and easy form for Solano County residents to let us know how they want to get involved and help us identify where programs and projects are needed.

Local Initiatives

Cultivate Community Food Co-op. For more information, contact info@cultivatecommunityfood.coop

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Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Walk the Talk Workshop: Sheet Mu... @ Shelter Solano (formerly Mission Solano)
Walk the Talk Workshop: Sheet Mu... @ Shelter Solano (formerly Mission Solano)
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mulch! It suppresses weeds, retains moisture, prevents erosion, maintains nutrients, promotes soil life, controls pests…and looks nice! Would you like to learn how to mulch like a pro? Come and join us at our very first[...]
9:00 am Our Benicia Roots & Soil Breakfast @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Our Benicia Roots & Soil Breakfast @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
On March 30, we will host “Our Benicia Roots & Soil,” a breakfast to recognize the importance of the Benicia community where the first seeds of what would become Sustainable Solano were planted 20 years[...]
9:01 am Benicia’s Free Compost Giveaway ... @ East 2nd St. Public Parking Lot
Benicia’s Free Compost Giveaway ... @ East 2nd St. Public Parking Lot
Mar 30 @ 9:01 am – 1:00 pm
Supplement your soil in time for your spring vegetables. Bring your own container to be filled. 5-gallon buckets work best. Up to 30 gallons per household. Please bring driver’s license for each household. Benicia residents[...]
6:00 pm Next Economy: Restorative Economics @ Green Hive Spaces
Next Economy: Restorative Economics @ Green Hive Spaces
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a discussion on different strategies for a just transition to a more sustainable, equitable and just economy. Restorative economics takes a restorative justice approach to restoring and reinvesting in low-income communities of[...]