“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

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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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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Rain barrels collect and store water runoff during storms. The collected water can then be used to water veggies, flowers, wash your dog, emergency water storage and more! Rain barrels help: conserve water reduce flooding[...]
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Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Suisun Wildlife Center Food Forest Installation (Day 1 of 2) @ Suisun City Wildlife Center
This is Day 1 of installation for this demonstration pollinator food forest garden in Suisun City. We will be laying down the foundation of this habitat-supporting garden: digging on contour swales, making berms and diverting[...]
9:00 am Suisun Wildlife Center Food Fore... @ Suisun City Wildlife Center
Suisun Wildlife Center Food Fore... @ Suisun City Wildlife Center
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Suisun Wildlife Center Food Forest Installation (Day 2 of 2) @ Suisun City Wildlife Center
This is Day 2 of a public, hands-on installation workshop series of a demonstration food forest garden where we will focus creating habitat for birds, bees and butterflies! Topics Covered: Planting a community of pollinator plants with multiple functions that support[...]