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Local food system panel discussion, Oct. 25

October is Co-op month!!! Co-op month has been celebrated annually in October across the United States for more than half a century. It is a time for cooperative businesses to reflect on their shared principles and to educate others about the value of belonging to a cooperative.

In doing our part, Cultivate Community Food Co-op will be joining the organizer and host of this event, Sustainable Solano, in a panel discussion, “The Future of Food in Solano County – Keys to a Local Sustainable Food System,” on Wed. Oct. 25, 7-8:30 pm at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. 2nd St.  in Benicia.  


We will be networking with Sustainable Solano to bring our community better food in a variety of ways! The whole county needs to take back our local food systems!! Consumers need to be educated about this idea and  farmers need to know that there is a market right here in Solano County for organic and sustainable foods. Perhaps sooner rather than later, farmers won’t drive past us to supply the stores in other surrounding counties where they already have a consumer market!

So please join us for this informative discussion. Guest speakers, Gail Feenstra, deputy director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) at UC Davis and David Campbell, associate dean for social/human sciences in the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead us in a discussion of the progression of our local food movement and development of community food systems.

Elena Karoulina, executive director of Sustainable Solano, will speak about the grant their organization recently received from the USDA and Paula Schnese, founder of Cultivate Community Food Co-op  will speak about the creation of a food co-op in Solano County and its emergence into Stage II of the development process.

Become an owner of your local food co-op and help support local food systems! Cultivate Community Food Co-op will be selling owner shares at this event.😊



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