“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

— R. Buckminster Fuller

What’s Growing?

The Sustainable Solano Blog is the hub for all the latest information about our many projects and programs, as well as a snapshot of grassroots community transformation in action. If you would like to comment or get in touch with local sustainability and resilience makers and shakers profiled in our blogs, please email us at info@sustainablesolano.org

Two Demonstration Gardens Coming to Fairfield!

Sustainable Solano will be installing two demonstration food forest gardens in Fairfield at a private residence and one public location as part of its Sustainable Backyard program. The program aims to teach gardening techniques based on permaculture design principles...

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Contest Challenges Kids to Imagine a Day Without Water

  Solano County middle and high school students and their teachers are being asked to “Imagine a Day Without Water”- this year’s theme for the 2018 Water Awareness Video Contest, sponsored by the Solano County Water Agency and local water utilities. Participating...

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The Future of Food: A Community Conversation in Benicia

        By Stephanie Oeslgigie Jordan, Project Manager, Chef Can a community decide how it will access food for its members?  Is there democratic participation in our food system?  What mindsets frame the future of our local food systems?  These questions and more...

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USDA Local Food Project Update

  By Stephanie Oesligie Jordan, Project Manager, Chef On October 25, Sustainable Solano kicked off it’s “Solano Community Food Centers” planning grant – funded by USDA -with an Advisory Board meeting in Benicia, CA. Attending the meeting were an enthusiastic group...

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Prayer Flags

By Nicole Newell, Sustainable Landscaping Manager It seems like everyone I speak with is facing a fire of some sort in their life. This Sunday I needed a moment of peace in nature to prepare for the week ahead. I took a drive on Highway 12 by myself. There are no...

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What’s For Dinner? Preserving the Fall Harvest

Preserving for the Hall Harvest with Chef Lisa   Fall warms up our landscapes and kitchens welcoming warmer flavors and seasonal culinary traditions. Humans have been preserving, fermenting and salting food for centuries and at our September “What’s For Dinner?” free...

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Cultivate Community Food Cooperative, Inc. (CCFC)

By Cultivate Community Food Cooperative The experts say it will take a startup food co-op about 3-5 yrs. to open a food co-op grocery store. Well if that is true, then Cultivate Community Food Co-op is right on course. After 18 months of Stage I development -...

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A Victory for Our Bees!

  This fall brings in a huge victory for California bees and our local environment! A few years ago, a group of Environmental Justice lawyers representing a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit asking the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to stop...

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Solano County Local Food

  As we move forward with our greater vision for our Local Food Movement Initiative, we aim to better connect area farmers to the people of Solano County. Eating locally and supporting our local food growers strengthens our regional food system by building community...

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Our vision for Solano Community Food Centers is funded by USDA

Food, environment and human health, local economy and resilient communities By Elena Karoulina Executive Director of Sustainable Solano When was the last time you had Solano-grown produce on your dinner table? The most possible answer is ‘never’, unless you grow your...

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Sustainability Through Permaculture in Solano County

By Tina Saravia, U.C. Master Gardener, Solano County It all started for me in September 2014, when I attended a talk on Permaculture in Benicia with another Master Gardener friend. I have heard of Permaculture for years, but it always seemed like a foreign concept to...

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Sustainable Backyard Program Expands Into Fairfield!

This August, Sustainable Solano celebrates the expansion of its Sustainable Backyard Program bringing inspirational speakers and free educational workshops and classes to Fairfield. The program will offer Fairfield homeowners passionate about sustainability and...

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Solano County Water Sources

  Water nourishes our landscapes, keeps us hydrated and powers our wind turbines but have you ever wondered where our local water comes from when you turn on your faucet? Our state's water storage and delivery systems are actually quite complex. Its system of...

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Wise Water: An Informative Video from Sustainable Solano

For the past two years we've been working on our Demonstration Food Forests, with a major component of it being Wise Water use. Now, with the help of Constance Beutel, videographer extraordinaire, we wanted to share with everyone how very simple and replicable it is....

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What’s For Dinner? Vallejo

Eating healthier and incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruits into our meals is the theme of the new series of healthy cooking workshops hosted by the John F. Kennedy library in partnership with Sustainable Solano and UR what U eat. The first of these seasonal...

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Upcoming Events

9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BCG maintains a Benicia Community Share Plot where we grow food for donation to the community members in need. It’s cared for by volunteers and you are welcome to join in at any of our workdays. Chris[...]
10:00 am Greywater Workshop at Mission So... @ Mission Solano
Greywater Workshop at Mission So... @ Mission Solano
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Greywater Workshop at Mission Solano @ Mission Solano
  Join us for a Greywater Workshop at Mission Solano. This is a hands-on class on how to install a simple laundry-to-landscape greywater system for a building. You will learn how to install a simple[...]
2:00 pm Suisun Christmas at the Waterfro... @ Suisun Waterfront District
Suisun Christmas at the Waterfro... @ Suisun Waterfront District
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas at the Waterfront returns again this year at Main and Solano streets in Suisun City. Start your holidays with a day of old-fashioned family Christmas activities at the beautiful Suisun City Waterfront. Sustainable Solano will[...]