August 2019 MID-MONTH: CSA and Farmers Market cooking classes; Local Food System Alliance meeting; Walk the Talk Tours
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"If we don't start working with our land in a more regenerative way, can the planet feed us? ... We are an incredible force of nature, humans. And we've done all of that unconsciously. And just imagine with consciousness for the infinite possibilities of collaboration with nature. Imagine what we could do with that." 
–  John Chester (NPR interview on 'The Biggest Little Farm')


Cooking, Composing and Connection


For the remainder of August and into September, we have talks and workshops planned that cover creative cooking with local food and the benefits of composting with worms. We're also preparing for our next Resilient Neighborhood in Vallejo, the expansion of our Sustainable Backyards program into Dixon and Rio Vista, and finding new sites for the continued growth of our Solano Gardens program. Keep an eye on the calendar for when those workshops are announced. We look forward to the months ahead and hope you will join us at one of these events.

Upcoming August Events

Tuesday, August 20

Healthy Vallejo, 5-8 pm, Springstowne Library, 1003 Oakwood Ave., Vallejo

Students from Touro’s Student Run Free Clinic will host Healthy Vallejo at Springstowne Library, where attendees can learn about services such as blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring and osteopathic manipulative manipulation. Sustainable Solano Local Food Program Manager Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan will lead a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooking demonstration with fresh seasonal produce.                     

Thursday, August 29

Local Food System Alliance Meeting, 5:30-7:30 pm


The alliance brings together people actively involved in building the local food system, including those in agriculture, public health, government and education. Learn more about our efforts to foster a local food system here, and if you know someone who should be considered for the board, contact Local Food Program Manager Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan at

Saturday, August 31

Walk the Talk Tours: (Vermi)Composting at Home, 2-3 pm, Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield


This month we’re talking waste and worms! Waste is a human invention. In nature, “waste” is actually a food source for a whole host of creatures that ultimately transform dead or decaying material into energy for life itself! By composting at home, we can easily take part in this regenerative process and even begin the restoration of our devastated soils and ecosystems! Register here.


September Preview: 


September 12, 6 pm, Farmers Market to Your Table Cooking Workshop (Avant Garden, Corner of First and D streets, Benicia)

In this special workshop Chef and Culinary Arts Instructor Lisa Núñez-Hancock will walk you through the steps from the farmers market to your table for creating healthy, fresh meals from your produce. Join us for this exciting workshop and al fresco cooking class, where we will make a delicious and nutritious dish to be enjoyed by all participants. Register here.


September 21, 2 pm, 'What's for Dinner?' Cooking Workshop: Sushi Sessions (John F. Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo)

Join us for this 'What's for Dinner?' class to learn basic sushi-making techniques and traditions with vegetarian and vegan improvisations.


September 28, 2 pm, Walk the Talk Tours: The Worm Tea Workshop (Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield)

Join us for this special workshop where we’ll learn how and why to make Actively Aerated (Vermi)Compost Tea, affectionately known as “Worm Tea.” Making worm tea empowers us to dramatically increase the beneficial life of soil, which then makes our gardens healthier and more resilient. After the workshop, we’ll pour life into our demonstration food forest garden with a batch of pre-made tea that will help it continue to thrive! Register here.

Stay Tuned!

We'll be announcing upcoming dates for Solano Sustainable Backyards installations in Dixon and Rio Vista as well as for the next Vallejo Resilient Neighborhood! Check our calendar for upcoming workshops.

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This is a partial listing of August events.
Our monthly newsletter and website will have complete listings.

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