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.
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.
- Relationship with the Board of Supervisors
- Summarize priority issues, findings, policy gaps to support significant issues memo
- Arrange individual meetings with county supervisors
- Work toward a larger presentation on local food system issues to the Board of Supervisors
- Draft a white paper on issues/solutions that can be used in city general plan discussions
- Educational speakers
- Prioritize topics by interest
- Schedule at least one speaker this year and make it open to the public
- Outline benefits and responsibilities/commitments of being on Alliance
- Countywide food rescue program
- Responding to SB 1383
- Determine relationship with food access organizations
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
Role of the Alliance
Dec. 2, 2021 (open to the public)
Robert Burris, President and CEO, Solano Economic Development Corp.
Robin Cox, Senior Health Services Manager, Solano Public Health
Louise Dawson, Restaurant Program Manager, Northern CA SBDC Network
Noah Dove, graduate student, Mills College Lokey School of Business and Public Policy
Gail Feenstra, Director SAREP, UC ANR
Juanita M. Fleming, Program Specialist, CalFresh
John Healy, Vallejo Nutritional Services Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Mike Ioakimedes, Executive Director and CEO, Solano County Fairgrounds
Kristin Kiesel, Assistant Professor of Teaching Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural & Resource Economics Dept., UC Davis
Timothy Kim, CEO and founder, Pharm Fresh
Ed King, Agricultural Commissioner, Solano County
Teri Knight, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
Maggie Kolk, Board of Directors, Sustainable Solano
Ben & Denise Lyons, Farmers, Lockewood Acres
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
Sustainable Solano has been in conversation with organizations that are taking the initiative to move food from farms and gardens onto the plates of county residents. These organizations are seeking ways to collaborate toward supplying more people with the good food they need.
When there is a crisis, it often can reveal underlying flaws in the existing system as well as opportunities for change. The current economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic also opens the dialogue for how to shift our economy in a way that works for more people.
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.