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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

Partner Insight: The Value of Local Food

By Sustainable Solano Courtesy of Terra Firma Farm We wanted to share with you some recent musings from our partners over at Terra Firma Farm in Winters on the recent closing of S.F.-based Munchery and why these startups are not the solution our food system needs. As...

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Eco Farm 2019: Looking at the Future of Farming

At the end of January we spent a few intense days at the Eco Farm Conference, which is becoming our annual tradition. Away from the complexity of daily routines and a web of Sustainable Solano activities, we were able to focus exclusively on the emerging local food...

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Biodynamic Agriculture Symposium Reflection

With the Conference title of “Rediscovering the Heart in Agriculture” it was exciting and reassuring to see attendees from many different parts of the United States and even from other countries.

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Monthly Permaculture Talks and Tour in Fairfield

By: Susan Hiland (Daily Republic) [Daily Republic Full Article] Larry Lamoreux came out Saturday to see the sustainable garden at the former Mission Solano shelter. He is a member of the Sustainable Solano board and practices those principles at home in his backyard....

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The Shalom demonstration food forest installation wrapped up Saturday.  This was phase one of a larger goal to create a community garden in Vacaville.  The past few weeks have been incredible community events, but the devastation of the fires and shootings weigh heavy...

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By Lyta Hamm, Solano County Herbalist and Wellness Educator With the days growing colder; the winter and cold and flu season is upon us. Practicing good self-care and incorporating herbs and spices in our diet can help keep our health and immunity strong; increasing...

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Cultivate Community Food Co-op’s Farm to Table Food Pilot

Between August 13th and September 18th, Cultivate Community Food Coop (CCFC) ran a Farm to Table food pilot to deliver locally grown produce and locally prepared cooked meals to our CCFC owners’ homes in the Benicia/Vallejo area.  The effort was a partnership between...

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Permaculture Convergence 2018

By: Nicole Newell, Sustainable Landscaping Program Manager Permaculture enthusiasts from all over the country and beyond gathered at the Solar Living Institute to attend three days of workshops, keynote speakers, panels, skill shares, ceremonies and so much more. ...

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The Narratives of Permaculture

By: Gabriela Estrada, Project Coordinator for Sustainable Solano As a new member of Sustainable Solano, I have had the pleasure of interacting with different members that play key roles in advancing a message of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. While the...

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Solano Local Food System Update: Advisory Board Meeting 3

By Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan, Local Food Program Manager Sustainable Solano’s Local Food Advisory Board had their third meeting on September 18, 2018.  This group was formed to support Sustainable Solano’s Local Food initiative, launched in October 2017, with the...

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Creating Community Through Edible Landscapes in Vacaville

Since the launch of its Sustainable Backyard program in 2014, Sustainable Solano has created 15 food-producing, self-sustaining demonstration “food forest” gardens across Solano County on both public and private land. These gardens are primarily irrigated by secondary...

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Regenerate Culture: from the Women of Abundance Gathering

By Marlen Otten, Board Secretary, Sustainable Solano A new movement is emerging throughout the Bay Area where women are connecting to collaborate and embrace their visions for a sustainable and regenerative future for all. Conversations arise about the concepts of...

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The Seasonal Food Guide: Your Farmers’ Market Cheat Sheet

We’ve all heard at least some of the benefits of eating local: fresher produce, better for the environment, contributes to a stronger local economy. Shopping your local farmers' market is a great way to support your local farmers and eat seasonally. But before you...

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Got Dinner? 

By Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan, Local Food Project Manager I once came across a birthday or anniversary card that said something like this:  “I love it when you whisper those 3 little words in my ear…..Let’s Eat Out!”  It’s true.  Making dinner has become something we...

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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[...]