September 2019 MID-MONTH: Volunteering, Sustainable Landscaping Classes, Cooking Classes and a Harvest Celebration
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"The planet does not need more 'successful people.' The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture sees it." 
–  the Dalai Lama

Chef and culinary arts instructor Lisa Núñez-Hancock teaches a farmers market to table cooking workshop at Avant Garden in Benicia.

Getting Involved with Sustainable Solano


We hope your September has been as exciting (and busy!) as ours. This past week, you could find us at conferences, lectures, expos, film festivals, cooking and planting workshops and more. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with those of you who stopped by our table or attended a workshop and look forward to seeing you at future events. Interested in taking an active role in the work we do? You can sign up for one of our upcoming cooking workshops and sustainable landscaping classes later this month, or fill out our Volunteer Interest Form if you want to help with a certain program or share a special skill.

Upcoming September Events

Thursday, September 19

Building Sustainable Yards, 6-7 pm, The Barn & Pantry, 125 West A St., Dixon

We are looking for a site to install a demonstration food forest in the spring of 2020 that will serve as an educational resource for local residents to learn about sustainable landscaping and wise water use through an annual public tour. Come learn about Sustainable Solano’s Dixon Sustainable Backyard Program at this informative talk about building a sustainable yard! Register here.  

Saturday, September 21

'What's for Dinner' Cooking Workshop: Sushi Sessions, 2 pm, 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.                     


Thursday, September 26

Sustainable Landscaping Class, 6-7 pm, The Barn & Pantry, 125 West A St., Dixon  

Learn about sustainable landscaping: beautiful, productive, life-supporting ecosystems featuring trees and a variety of perennials fed by “secondary water” (greywater and rainwater). Davis-based lead designer/engineer of Whole System Designs, Derek Downey, will explore how to make a sustainable yard a reality. This class is for homeowners interested in replacing their lawns or who would like to make their current yards resource-wise, but open to anyone interested in sustainable landscaping techniques. Register here.

Saturday, September 28

Avant Garden Harvest Celebration, Noon-3 pm, Avant Garden, corner of First and D streets, Benicia  

This annual potluck gathering is open to garden and community members. We will provide plates, utensils and napkins. Bring chairs, a dish to share, drinks and your non-plastic cups. Register here.

October Preview: 


October 5, 12 and 18, 10 am-4 pm, Rio Vista Demonstration Food Forest Installation (Register for Location, Rio Vista)

This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create "Fortune's Garden," a demonstration food forest garden in Rio Vista. This yard will show what can be created with an empty yard in a new development to use water wisely while creating an ecosystem. Lunch will be provided by the homeowner at each workshop. Please bring hats, gloves, reusable water bottle and sunblock. Click on the links below to register:


October 16, 10:30-11:30 am, Singing 'Benicia Our Home' (City Hall, 250 East I St., Benicia)

Have you helped to make Sustainable Solano the active organization we are today? We invite our volunteers and partners to join us in this fun project singing about Benicia, the city where Sustainable Solano first set down roots. The end result will be a video of community groups singing the song. Brush up on the lyrics here and check out VOENA's rendition of the song here. Let us know if you'll join us at

October 22-23, Solano Local Food System Alliance Listening Sessions and Farm Tour (Vacaville)

A day of Listening Sessions will bring together Alliance members and key stakeholders to discuss creating change in the local food system. Participants also will have the opportunity to tour a local regenerative farm. Alliance members will receive more details ahead of the Listening Sessions.

Stay Tuned!

We'll be announcing upcoming dates for installations in the weeks to come! Check our calendar for upcoming workshops.

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 

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

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PO Box 1215
Benicia, CA 94510

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