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June 2019 MID-MONTH: Resilient Neighborhoods, Vegetable Garden Expansion, What's for Dinner?, Roof Water Strategies Workshop, Walk the Talk Workshop
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"Practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth. 
–  Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Connecting with Local Food

 

Our big projects in Vallejo are wrapping up... but don't worry! There's still time to join us at the installations of our first Resilient Neighborhood and the community garden expansion at Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church. Come see how we are strengthening local communities and then take ideas back to your own neighborhood and community!

In July, Sustainable Solano will turn the spotlight on our l
ocal food system  both in our newsletter and on our website. We've been working to make local food more accessible through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)  programs and cooking workshops. Meanwhile, we continue to explore new ways to connect farmers with local customers, whether it's institutional buyers seeking local food or individuals wanting a more sustainable way of putting food on the table that supports the local economy. 

Upcoming June Events


Saturdays, June 22 & 29

Resilient Neighborhoods Pilot Project 9 am-4 pm, Register for Location, Vallejo

Join us for the last two installation days of our Vallejo Resilient Neighborhoods pilot project! We are working with a team of four homeowners in transforming their street into an environmentally and socially resilient community hub. Learn more here. Participants will have a chance to see a hugelkultur, learn how to use washing machine greywater to water fruit trees and put in beneficial plants and water-saving drip irrigation.

Register at the links below
June 22Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Installation
June 29Understory and Drip Irrigation                        


Saturday, June 22

Vegetable Garden Expansion and Community Cleanup Day 9 am-2 pm, Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church, 900 6th St, Vallejo
Join us for the expansion of Emmanuel Temple's vegetable garden. Learn how to utilize a small slope and create a rain-capturing swale and how to design a fruit tree guild! On this same day, there will be a yard sale, car wash and a community clean-up day where individuals are welcome to dispose of large items in garbage bins provided on-site. Proceeds from the yard sale will support the Emmanuel Arms Inc. nonprofit. The nonprofit offers services such as a weekly food and clothing giveaway, a bi-weekly fruit and vegetable giveaway, an annual coat drive, a National Night Out Crime Prevention night and resource fairs. Register here.


Wednesday, June 26

What's for Dinner? Summer Farm-to-Table 'Sauce It!' Cooking Demonstration Class 6-8 pm, Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. Second St, Benicia

Join Sustainable Solano’s Local Food Program Manager, Chef Stephanie Oelsligle, for a cooking class that celebrates summer ingredients and supports local farmers! Chef Steph will prepare three simple sauces that pair well with summertime grilled meats, fish and veggies: Chermoula, Chimichurri and Romesco. Generous tastings and recipe packets will be included.

$10 per person 
$15 for two people

This class will be held at the site of our Benicia Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Center! Come learn more! Registration required. Register here.


Saturday, June 29

Roof Water Strategies Workshop  10 am-1 pm, Emmanuel Temple Apostolic Church, 900 6th St, Vallejo

Join us for a workshop on how to safeguard your foundation by diverting roof water away from the building and into water-capturing swales in the landscape. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn some simple techniques that will help improve drainage and protect your property during exceptionally rainy seasons like this year's! Learn the simple tools and parts needed to redirect your own roof water! Register here.


Saturday, June 29

What's for Dinner? Summer Farm-to-Table 'Sauce It!' Cooking Demonstration Class 1-3 pm, Fairfield-Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Drive, Fairfield

Join Sustainable Solano’s Local Food Program Manager, Chef Stephanie Oelsligle, for a cooking class that celebrates summer ingredients and supports local farmers! This class is in preparation for the opening of a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site at the Fairfield-Cordelia Library! Chef Steph will prepare threes simple sauces that pair well with summertime grilled meats, fish and veggies: Chermoula, Chimichurri and Romesco. Generous tastings and recipe packets will be included. This free class is funded through a grant that supports the expansion of CSAs into new locations in the county. Registration Required. To register, call the library at (877) 672-7587.


Saturday, June 29

Walk the Talk Workshop: An A-Frame of Mind 2-3 pm, Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield 
This month we’ll learn how to capture tens of thousands of gallons of water a year from our roofs by building and using an A-Frame, which is a leveling device used to find and draw contour lines for water-capturing swales. Then we’ll examine the 100-foot swale snaking through our demonstration food forest garden and discuss how it can retain over 1,500 gallons of water at once! Register here

July Preview: 

Local food is taking center stage at Sustainable Solano in July! From farm-to-table meals.... to boxes of fresh produce... to farm tours and festivals celebrating Solano County's agriculture heritage... you can find it all in our NEW local food happenings webpage!
 

Know of an event or topic we should feature?

Contact us at allison@sustainablesolano.org. 

 

July 3, 5-9 pm, Avant Garden Torchlight Parade BBQ and Potluck (Avant Garden, corner of First and D streets, Benicia)

Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy the parade (which starts at 6:30 pm)! Tables and pop-up tents will be provided. Bring your own chairs, paper plates, utensils, cups, napkins, drinks and side dishes to share. There will be two grills for BBQ, and tablecloths and trash bags will be provided for cleanup.

 

July 27, 2-3 pm, Walk the Talk Tours: Plan to Plant, Plant to Plan (Shelter Solano, 310 Beck Ave., Fairfield)

Planning to plant, then planting to plan could be one of the most beneficial acts for our planet’s well-being, as well as our own. It ties us intimately and directly into the cycles of nature. Tending to plants also teaches us to have respect for, and work within, the dimension of time. In permaculture, careful consideration is given to plant selection, timing and placement to maximize beneficial relationships. Learn more about permaculture planting strategy, as well as some ideas for planting for a school year harvest. Then take a guided tour of our demonstration food forest, where we are growing over 20 edible plants! Register here.  

Want to engage? Be creative?

If you are a blogger, photographer or just interested in volunteering, please join in! If you are interested supporting a sustainable future in Solano County, let's talk at info@sustainablesolano.org 

Something to share?

Newsletter deadlines are the 3rd Friday of the month. Please email your contribution to gabriela@sustainablesolano.org

 

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

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