“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

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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

The San Pablo Baylands and SR 37 are Subject of Design Study

        [Common Grounds in the Baylands]                  [Public Outreach at SF Bay Flyway Festival on Mare Island] Team Common Ground, a group of designers, engineers, scientists, and educators is working on a design study of the San Pablo Baylands and highway 37...

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Lockewood Acres Farm

by: Elena Karoulina, Executive Director         A couple weeks ago I had a great visit with Denise and Ben Lyons at their Lockewood Acres Farm in Vacaville. As a part of our work on the Solano Local Food System, I am getting to know local small farmers who are doing...

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How Does the Medfly Quarantine Affect Home Gardeners?

  In case you haven’t heard, Solano County is the latest area to establish a quarantine for the Mediterranean fruit fly also known as the Medfly. The quarantine started last fall and will continue until officials are sure the threat to the local orchards and farms has...

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Roof Water Harvesting

By Erik Olsen   Today we are talking about catching the abundance raining down from the sky! Where I live we get 3 to 4 months of rain per year and a long 8-9-month dry spell. During the dry time of year water becomes scarce and here in California drought has been...

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Sow Good! Reflections from the Eco Farm Conference

By Elena Karoulina, Executive Director, Sustainable Solano At the end of January, I was honored to attend the 38th Eco Farm Conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds. It’s an annual convergence of farmers, supporting people and organizations dedicated to “ecological...

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Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun City

Sustainable Solano is expanding its Sustainable Backyard and Conversations programs into Suisun City bringing informative workshops on sustainable landscaping and inspiring talks on topics such as global sustainability, community resilience, permaculture, local food...

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Permaculture Design Coarse (Santa Cruz Permaculture)

What is Permaculture & Whole Systems Design? Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and...

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Holiday Waste Management Solutions for Solano County

Did you know that during Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, household waste increases by 25 percent, adding an additional one million tons of waste per week during this season? And what should you really do with your Christmas tree? When the time comes to face holiday...

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#GivingTuesday Success, Thanks to You

What a beautiful reminder of the heart, generosity and support that we have in our community! Because of your generous donations through this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, we are re-energized in knowing that our vision for a more sustainable Solano county is backed...

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Thanks to our wonderful CSA Volunteers!

Starting this past October, Veronica Bearce, Susan Neuhaus, and Annette Batchelor have been managing the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in Benicia.  If you pick up farm-fresh food on Wednesdays at Heritage Presbyterian Church, say THANK YOU to these...

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Permaculture and Community: A 13-Year-Old’s Perspective

By Rileigh Barton Hi, I’m Rileigh, and I’m 13 years old. I volunteer for Sustainable Solano with my dad. I’ve gone to two Sustainable Landscaping classes so far at a food forest in Fairfield called “Mom’s Delight.” But first, I’ll tell you a little about me, and how I...

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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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6:00 pm Annual Benicia Community Gardens... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Annual Benicia Community Gardens... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual Benicia Community Gardens Members Meeting @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Everyone is welcome! We will review our last year of operation and prepare for the new year (and sign 2018 agreements!).
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Beautify Vallejo Day! @ Vallejo Marina
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mark your Calendars! The Vallejo Beautification Commission is hosting a BEAUTIFY VALLEJO DAY! Everyone is welcome to come out and “be part of the solution” by showing your community pride at this community clean-up event.[...]
9:00 am Mulch Madness Workshop at Missio... @ Mission Solano
Mulch Madness Workshop at Missio... @ Mission Solano
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mulch Madness Workshop at Mission Solano! @ Mission Solano
263 [image courtesy of B Texas Mulch LLC] Mulch works to damp down weeds, protect soil moisture, keep the soil surface cool and increase root function! Increase your garden’s success by attending this FREE, hands-on[...]
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CONVERSATIONS: The Economics of ... @ Green Hive Spaces
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CONVERSATIONS: The Economics of Happiness: Local Futures (community film screening) @ Green Hive Spaces
Please join us for a screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’, a 1-hour documentary that illustrates the social and spiritual impact of economic globalization on local communities and economies, and highlights the many benefits of[...]