“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

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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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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9:30 am Water Education Foundation’s 201... @ The Westin Sacramento
Water Education Foundation’s 201... @ The Westin Sacramento
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
This daylong conference will feature critical conversations about water in California and the West revolving around the event theme: Facing Reality from the Headwaters to the Delta. The Water Summit, formally called the Executive Briefing[...]
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Sep 20 @ 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[...]
Sep 21 @ 12:00 am – 6:00 pm
Vacaville Homeowners! This is the last day to apply to become a “food forest keeper” of a demonstration food forest on your property! Transform your yard into a thriving, edible ecosystem fed by secondary water[...]
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Visions of the Wild Film and Art... @ Vallejo Farmers' Market
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visions of the Wild Film and Arts Festival (Downtown Vallejo) @ Vallejo Farmers' Market
Celebrate the beauty of rivers and trails at Visions of the Wild! The fifth annual film and arts festival takes place September 20 to 23 in Vallejo. The U.S. Forest Service along with local partners[...]