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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

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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Solano Spotlight: Soul Food Farm

By: Marcella Licea In the late 1990s, owners Alexis and Eric Koefoed bought 55 acres of prime pasture and farmland off Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville, a historically agricultural area. The land had been untended for 30 years. Their vision at the beginning was...

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Meeting Solano Farmers

By Elena Karoulina, Executive Director We continue working on our big vision for the environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just local food system in our county. As a part of our Community Food Center project, funded by USDA, we are finalizing the...

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New Restoration Project in Vallejo!

The Vallejo Watershed Alliance welcomes Chris Rose from the Solano Resource Conservation District (RCD) to help lead its next restoration project in Vallejo. Since their last successful partnership to restore habitat in the Blue Rock Springs Creek Corridor, the RCD...

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The Buzz on Clay’s Bees

By Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan Over the past month, I (and others on the Local Food team) have been visiting farmers, ranchers and food producers in Solano County to get a more concrete picture of the current local food supply.  Clay Ford of Pleasants Valley Honey...

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Sustainable Solano in Vacaville!

[Click here for full Daily Republic article] Sustainable Solano is a grassroots, county-wide movement uniting people and their initiatives aiming to serve the future of Solano County, to promote ecologically sustainable, economically and socially just communities. The...

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Fun Facts About Soil For Children and Adults!

It's no secret that kids and soil go hand in hand. Kids definitely know where to find it and love to dig in it. While they might find playing in it fun, they may be surprised to learn that soil is the basis for all growing things including the food they...

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Solano Local Food Spotlight: The Cloverleaf Farm

The Cloverleaf Farm is a 10-acre, certified organic orchard and farm in Dixon bursting with juicy peaches, nectarines, apricots and figs. Emma Torbert and Katie Fyhrie lease the orchard from The Collins Farm and co-manage the Collins Community Farmstand. For the 2018...

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Remaking and Repairing CA Food Systems

The Berkeley Food Institute launches its newest project, 'Hungry for Change,' a collection of compelling profiles showcasing the work of 20 emerging food system leaders across California who are advancing equity, health, and sustainability in food systems. These 20...

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“What’s For Dinner?” 2018 Workshop Schedule

Solano County Library, The Friends of the Vallejo Public Library, in partnership with Sustainable Solano and UR what U eat bring you the next series of "What's For Dinner?"- healthy cooking workshops aiming to educate the community on healthy, nutritious food choices...

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The Common Ground Team led by TLS Landscape Architecture has presented the “Grand Bayway” vision at the Resilient by Design Challenge in San Francisco, May 17th. The proposal looks at a resilient future for flood threatened and congested State Route 37 connecting the...

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Walk the Talk Tours: Learn practical ways of applying permaculture principles in your garden and community. Join us every 4th Saturday of the month from 2:00pm-3:00pm at Mission Solano in Fairfield for educational and inspiring talks[...]
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As part of our Women for the Land program, we invite local women landowners in Solano, Yolo, and Napa Counties to a conservation learning circle. Please note that you must register to attend. Women for[...]
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Sustainable Solano will be converting a 3.5-acre campus at a local Fairfield homeless shelter into a resilient, mixed canopy urban forest this winter. The project aims to serve as a living lab for Solano County[...]