“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

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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Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy People

by: Elena Karoulina, Executive Director Our local food system team continues to learn about sustainable local food systems and is moving into the second stage of the Solano small farms feasibility study: interviews with local farmers. In the next two months, team...

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Pollinator Food Forest Garden Coming to Suisun Wildlife Center

Sustainable Solano’s Sustainable Backyard program expanded to Suisun City earlier this spring and is now celebrating the completion of a public demonstration food forest garden at a private Suisun residence. The program offers informative workshops and inspiring talks...

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365 Days of Care!

By: Nicole Newell, Sustainable Backyard Program Manager I am finding many Solano County treasures as our Sustainable Backyard Program expands. Suisun Wildlife Center is one of the jewels. Last weekend I learned first-hand the many incredible ways that this...

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The Heritage Pantry in Dixon is OPEN!

 By: Stephanie Oelsligle-Jordan, Local Food Project Manager As I pulled into the parking lot, I wondered if I was in the right place.  Several tents were set up, people were bustling around, and a guy was grilling chicken on a huge BBQ.  It looked more like a small...

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“A Growing Future” in Suisun City

One private yard in Suisun City has been selected for the installation of a demonstration food forest garden as part of Sustainable Solano’s Sustainable Backyard program offering informative workshops and inspiring talks on sustainable landscape design, community...

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Warming Water and What Can be Done

On March 21st, The League of Women Voters hosted a panel discussion on climate change, rising sea level, water shortages and increased water cost in Benicia. The panel consisted of three key Solano County residents. Jerry Potter, a Nasa Climate Scientist, spoke about...

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Eatwell Farm

By Elena Karoulina, Executive Director It’s a crisp, breezy morning in March, and I am walking the fields of the Eatwell Farm with the farm manager, Cameron Ottens. It’s a fascinating place – I fell under its spell from the first minutes I saw the earth-sheltered...

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USDA Project Update – Phase 1 Summary

By Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan                                                                             Sustainable Solano is nearing completion of Phase 1 of its “Solano Community Food Centers” project, funded by a USDA Local Food Promotion Program planning grant. ...

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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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5:00 pm Cultivate Community Food Co-op’s... @ Avant Garden
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Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cultivate Community Food Co-op's Potluck Picnic in the Garden @ Avant Garden
Join us in the garden for an evening of connection and good food while learning about the progress CCFC is making. Every 3rd Thursday, weather permitting, beginning Thurs. April 19th, 5-7. Please bring your favorite food or[...]
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Water is the most precious resource for all life on Earth. Yet, on a planet where 70% of its surface is covered with water, access to freshwater has become a growing concern in many places[...]
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Summer Fruit Tree Care Workshop ... @ (Private Fairfield Residence)
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Summer Fruit Tree Care Workshop at "Mom's Delight" @ (Private Fairfield Residence)
Join Sterling Smith for a workshop on summer care of deciduous fruit trees (apples, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, etc.). Topics to be covered include summer pruning, fertility, irrigation, best pest control practice for summer and[...]