Solano Local Food System Alliance
The Solano Local Food System Alliance includes a wide variety of stakeholders committed to fulfilling the mission of creating an environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just and equitable local food system in Solano County.
The Solano Local Food System Alliance meets quarterly on the first Thursday of the month, usually at 4 pm. An executive committee of Alliance members meet monthly to move the work forward between the quarterly meetings of the full Alliance.
Interested in becoming a member of the Solano Local Food System Alliance? Read more below about the goals and benefits of being a member of the Alliance, then fill out this form.
- Building awareness of the Alliance itself & food system among key stakeholders
- Arrange individual meetings with county supervisors and other key stakeholders, as opportunities arise
- Do one major presentation to City-County Coordinating Council (4Cs). They need to understand where their topics intersect with the local food system and what the Alliance is working on.
- City General Plans: Draft a list of talking points for Fairfield general plan.
- Education for the Alliance
- Arrange special guest speakers for each general Alliance meeting with topics relevant to local food system. These meetings are open to the public.
- 2022 topics
- Feb 3 = Food rescue/food waste
- May 5 = Regenerative agriculture (possibly meet in person, on a farm)
- Aug 4 = TBD
- Nov 3 = TBD
- Development of a Charter for the Alliance
- The Executive Committee will draft/summarize and present to the larger Alliance.
- Benefits, responsibilities and commitments of being on the Alliance will be included.
Playlist of Educational Presentations
Long-term/Overarching benefits of the Alliance’s work
- Improved quality of life
- Preserving open space, ag land and supporting farmers
- Better nutrition and health outcomes
- Better environment and economy
Benefits of serving on the Alliance
● Expanding knowledge
● Connection with the issues and others involved in the local food system
● Being part of the solution — working as a group to fix the local food system
● Being part of a coalition to effect systems change
● Playing a role in achieving long-term benefits
Responsibilities of serving on the Alliance
● Sharing data/knowledge/insight
● Participating in a feedback loop to bring information back to the Alliance
● Bringing what you’ve learned from the Alliance back to your organization
● Challenging the status quo, being bold
● Recruiting (especially to fill knowledge gaps on the Alliance)
● Reading and contributing to the Local Food Bites
● Attending meetings
Role of the Alliance
Feb. 2, 2023: Medically Tailored Meals in Solano County (Register for Zoom link here)
Past Meeting Minutes
Mary Ann Buggs, Co-Founder and Administrative Director, Faith Food Fridays
Gabie Carne, Community Member
Robin Cox, Senior Health Services Manager, Solano Public Health
Leslie Daughtery, Program Analyst, CalFresh
Louise Dawson, Restaurant Program Manager, Northern CA SBDC Network
Gail Feenstra, Director SAREP, UC ANR
Whitney Galindo, Nutrition Program Manager, Catholic Charities of Yolo Solano
John Healy, Vallejo Nutritional Services Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Olivia Henry, Regional Food Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Mike Ioakimedes, Executive Director and CEO, Solano County Fairgrounds
Ron Kane, Community Member
Kristin Kiesel, Assistant Professor of Teaching Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural & Resource Economics Dept., UC Davis
Ed King, Agricultural Commissioner, Solano County
Teri Knight, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
Maggie Kolk, Board of Directors, Sustainable Solano
Rose Loveall, Farmer, Morningsun Herb Farm
Ben & Denise Lyons, Farmers, Lockewood Acres
Marta McFarland, Community Member
Jahniah McGill, Environmental Health Supervisor, Solano County
Elizabeth Monteadora, Community Local Food Advisory Board
Lisa Murray, Marketing, Pleasants Valley Agriculture Association
Tim Murrill, Director, Solano SBDC
Lisa Núñez-Hancock, Culinary Arts Instructor
Heather Pierini, Director, Food is Free Solano
Paula Schnese, Board President, Cultivate Community Food Co-Op
Dana Sykes, Community Local Food Advisory Board
Krechona Westbrook, Community Local Food Advisory Board
Priscilla Yeaney, Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Solano County
When it comes to how land is put to use in your community — whether rural or urban — it is important to remember that each local citizen has a voice and that those voices can influence government decisions around planning and zoning. Experts on planning and land use discussed how to be informed and take action around such decisions at the Rural & Urban Land Use: Planning, Zoning & the Local Food System event on Nov. 3 hosted by the Solano Local Food System Alliance.
The Vallejo Food Rescue Project had its official launch meeting in early June at Loma Vista Farm, bringing together people from organizations involved in current food rescue and distribution operations in the city and seeking guidance on how to streamline and shape food rescue efforts in Vallejo.
Solano Local Food System Alliance work is made possible by a grant from Solano County Public Health in partnership with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.