Sustainable Solano is a grassroots, countywide movement uniting people through work that serves Solano County to promote ecologically sustainable, economically and socially just communities in a world that works for everyone. Our decades of dedicated community work started with community gardens and has grown to include an emphasis on creating sustainable, regenerative environments, community capacity building, supporting local food systems and building youth leadership and workforce skills for a better future.
We seek to promote ecologically sustainable, economically and socially just communities in a world that works for everyone through nurturing initiatives for the good of the whole.
Green Infrastructure: Our green infrastructure work started with community gardens and has grown to include demonstration food forest gardens on private and public sites, increasing sustainability and food security within Solano County communities. Our Resilient Neighborhoods program recognizes the need to build community connection and regenerative capacity.
Local Food: We have a vision for an environmentally and economically sustainable, equitable local food system that supports local growers by increasing access to the food they grow. We educate the community on the value of local food; increase access to healthy, local food; and bring together diverse organizations to shape action supporting a local food system.
Youth Leadership & Workforce Development: Through our youth leadership and workforce development programs, we work to guide and inspire students to understand sustainability principles and gain practical skills through hands-on projects that can help shape their decisions about further study, careers and as future leaders.
Sustainable Solano has installed more than 40 ‘waterwise’, edible gardens around the county that save around 2 million gallons of water annually and provide fresh, local food to communities. We have had thousands of participants in workshops and events to bring skills and ideas back to their homes and communities. We have helped area growers bring their produce to Solano County residents and built awareness about the value of local food through cooking classes and Bounty of the County.
While Sustainable Solano's work focuses on building sustainable landscapes, supporting local food and helping the next generation to think sustainably, our work ultimately comes down to building connections. Through working together to improve communities and the environment, life-long friendships form, support networks grow and people are tied to something that reaches beyond themselves.
Our $10,000 Give Local Solano fundraising goal this year will help to support our focus on local food, from supporting healthy diets through community gardens and seasonal cooking classes to the work of strengthening and supporting a local food system that improves the local economy, supports local farmers and creates new opportunities for growing food within our urban spaces.