“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

Sustainability Through Permaculture in Solano County

By Tina Saravia, U.C. Master Gardener, Solano County It all started for me in September 2014, when I attended a talk on Permaculture in Benicia with another Master Gardener friend. I have heard of Permaculture for years, but it always seemed like a foreign concept to...

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Sustainable Backyard Program Expands Into Fairfield!

This August, Sustainable Solano celebrates the expansion of its Sustainable Backyard Program bringing inspirational speakers and free educational workshops and classes to Fairfield. The program will offer Fairfield homeowners passionate about sustainability and...

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Solano County Water Sources

  Water nourishes our landscapes, keeps us hydrated and powers our wind turbines but have you ever wondered where our local water comes from when you turn on your faucet? Our state's water storage and delivery systems are actually quite complex. Its system of...

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Wise Water: An Informative Video from Sustainable Solano

For the past two years we've been working on our Demonstration Food Forests, with a major component of it being Wise Water use. Now, with the help of Constance Beutel, videographer extraordinaire, we wanted to share with everyone how very simple and replicable it is....

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What’s For Dinner? Vallejo

Eating healthier and incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruits into our meals is the theme of the new series of healthy cooking workshops hosted by the John F. Kennedy library in partnership with Sustainable Solano and UR what U eat. The first of these seasonal...

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R.O.O.T.S. Permaculture Training Course

Our Walk in a Food Forest Series is over for this year, but are you still wanting to learn more about permaculture and sustainability? Soul Flower Farm, just a quick hop across the bay in El Sobrante, has a permaculture design course that you might be interested in....

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Curious about our Vallejo Demonstration Food Forest Sites?

Learn about the plots, the schedules for the days, the families involved, and dive in to our community installation event! The future Vallejo Demonstration Food Forests The Enchanted Cottage Garden is a water-sucking, plain lawn that wants to become so much more for...

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Sustainable Solano Creating Wise Water Documentary

Over the weekend, Sustainable Solano, with our wonderful Constance Beutel as camera-woman and director, shot scenes for a Water-Wise documentary video. The video was shot at Birds, Bees & Beyond, one of the Demonstration Food Forests, with commentary from...

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Community Food Center dinner with Heritage Presbyterian

Over the year, a special partnership has been growing between Sustainable Solano and Heritage Presbyterian Church, for the sake of creating a Community Food Center in Benicia, a dream that’s been taking shape with inspiration from Sustainable Solano’s Exec Director,...

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Q&A with Anna Larsen of Siren Fish Co.

Our Seasonal Cooking Seafood Class is Wednesday, March 8 and we're cooking through our CSF partner's weekly seafood box, so we did  a little Q&A with Anna Larsen of Siren Fish Co.    Why CSF?  Community supported fisheries reduce food miles, educate the...

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Benicia Community Gardens Annual Meeting 2017

Benicia Community Gardens Annual Meeting on February 18, 2017 After a brief welcome by Marilyn Bardet, Board President, our executive director, Elena Karoulina, explained that the Benicia Community Gardens and Orchard are now part of Sustainable Solano.  In the past...

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“Greyhawk Grove” Food Forest Tour — Stop #5

  It was a cool and sunny day for the Greyhawk Grove Tour, and perhaps it was that, or that our tour is gathering steam, that nearly 30 people squeezed into a room to listen to Lydia Neilsen from the Regenerative Design Institute. She started with a brief...

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Gamechanger Intensive — An Experience

By Nicole Newell   Did you attend the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium in December?  I did, and it woke me up.  I was ready to see what was next, and signed up for the Pachamama Alliance’s 8 week Gamechanger Intensive program. The Gamechanger Intensive is an...

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Upcoming Events

Sep
30
Sat
9:00 am Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Community Share Plot Workday @ Avant Garden
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BCG maintains a Benicia Community Share Plot where we grow food for donation to the community members in need. It’s cared for by volunteers and you are welcome to join in at any of our workdays. Chris[...]
Oct
7
Sat
9:00 am California Native Plant Society ... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
California Native Plant Society ... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
California Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
The Willis Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has scheduled its fall native plant sale for October 7, 2017 from 9am to 2 pm, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 East Second Street, Benicia CA.[...]
Oct
14
Sat
10:30 am Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Denise Rushing Speaker Event @ Fairfield Civic Library
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the world.” – Archimedes   Join Sustainable Solano at the Fairfield Civic Library in a Speaker Event[...]
Oct
21
Sat
10:00 am Harvest Party with Jessica Bates... @ Avant Garden, Benicia
Harvest Party with Jessica Bates... @ Avant Garden, Benicia
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for our Annual Harvest Party at Avant Garden! This year we will have a guest speaker, Jessica Bates, followed by BBQ, potluck, music, conversations around the table. More on Jessica below. “Soil Health and[...]