Are you interested in joining the local food movement? There are many of ways to get involved!
Advise the County on key issues facing the local community around accessing local food and Napa food education and consider applying for a Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC) seat! Participate in Napa local food events, help distribute locally grown food, or consider participating in a food sharing program to increase the reach of local food. Try fun recipes while using natural ingredients. Visit Napa County restaurants featuring these ingredients in their meals or attend a class at one of many culinary schools for an amazing experience.
Learn more about Napa agriculture, sustainable farming methods, the effects of food insecurity, and how a local food system contributes to a thriving, sustainable environment.Learn more about Napa agriculture, sustainable farming methods, the effects of food insecurity, and how a local food system contributes to a thriving, sustainable environment. Learn how food donations are protected by law.
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Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC)
Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC)
The Napa Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC) nurtures a sustainable local food system in Napa County by operating a public forum to share information on community needs and advising the Napa County Board of Supervisors on critical issues such as healthy and local food education, promoting the production and distribution of local foods, and increasing access to sustainable foods. The council is made up of local citizens and elected officials, who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and share an interest in promoting local food production and consumption.
Get empowered and show your support for our local sustainable food movement by attending the next Napa Local Food Advisory Council meeting on September 24, 2014! For a list of meeting dates and councilmember contact information, visit the Napa Local Food Advisory Council page.
Partner Organizations and Agencies
Partner Organizations and Agencies
Clean Green Napa – Clean Green Napa is a sustainability program offered by Napa County, that helps promote a productive partnership between local government and community members and defining the big issues in local sustainability efforts. Click here to read more and find out how you can join the conversation today!
Napa Chamber Green Business Program Want to start a green business? Good news! The Napa Chamber of Commerce has a program designed to help support and inform potential green business owners. Click here to visit the Napa Chamber of Commerce’s green business page and learn how easy it is to become a certified green business!
Napa County Children and Weight Coalition is a local group of community organizations, schools, health-care professionals, and other supporters who are dedicated to fighting childhood obesity in Napa County. To find out more about what you can do to help reduce child obesity in your immediate community, visit the Napa County Children and Weight Coalition’s website to take a look at their informational resources and plan to attend their next meeting on the first Thursday of every month!
Napa County Eat, Move, Read Program: Featuring WIC and CalFresh: Napa public services are on the front line of support for local and sustainable foods through programs such as Women, Infants, and Children and CalFresh. Through WIC, eligible participants can attend education sessions geared around healthy eating and receive vouchers for local farmer’s markets. Through CalFresh, eligible participants can buy food at farmer’s markets using their debit card. Find out more information about these programs here.
To get additional information about community gardens, check out our Resources page.
City of American Canyon Community Garden is a great way local residents to experience the satisfaction of cultivating fresh, sustainable produce side-by-side with other members of the community. For more information about the garden, contact the City of American Canyon Parks and Recreation Department.
City of Napa Community Garden is in the works. Spearheaded by Councilwoman Juliana Inman and supported by community members with the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council, the garden would be a pilot to establish community gardens throughout the city. Stay tuned for updates on the program.
The Napa Community Garden was started by a small group of residents and is now a public space for the community to cultivate fresh foods. Check out the garden’s website for more information about upcoming events and how to become a member and start growing a more sustainable Napa today!
School Garden Network Since its inception in 2003, School Garden Network has awarded over $118,000 in grant funding to 22 local schools. SGN offers a Water-Wise School Garden Mini Grant, grants through the Schoolyard Habitat Program, the Garden-Based Education grant, Cooking in the Garden grant, and the Salad Bar grant. Learn more about the school garden programs in Sonoma County that have received SGN grants.
St John’s Lutheran Mission Farm grows organic produce that is donated to the Napa Food Bank and other charitable organizations. Volunteers do all of the hands-on work of running the Mission Farm including tilling, soil amending, planting, weeding, and harvesting to name just a few. Visit their website to learn more.
Start your own community garden Download the “Community Garden Start Up Guide” for residents of Napa Valley and begin planning your hands on involvement in the local, sustainable food movement today!
Community Service Organizations
Food Donations 101
Good Samaritan Food Donation Act – In 1996, Congress passed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. The act encourages food donation by limiting liability of individuals, businesses and nonprofits which donate and distribute food to those in need. To learn more about how you are protected Check out these great resources:
Community Service Organizations
American Canyon Food Pantry – Serving as a community emergency food pantry, the Kiwanis Club of American Canyon Foundation coordinates the activities of AC food pantry with lots of support from local schools, businesses and other community organizations. The Season of Giving program is a collaboration of American Canyon non-profit organizations, businesses, City of American Canyon, Churches and individuals to support needy families and seniors. For more information, click here.
Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)– offers programs that help increase self-sufficiency for low-income families, disadvantaged people, and senior citizens. Coordinating important food and nutrition programs like the Napa Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and Culinary Training that offers opportunities for learning new career skills and finding work. To learn more about CANVs programs and services, click here.
Community Action Napa Valley’s Meals on Wheels Program works with local home health agencies to deliver nutritious meals to seniors and disabled residents of Napa. Visit the organization’s Senior Nutrition Program website to find out more about the program and how you can become involved today.
Food for Bay Area Families – Visit BayAreaHunger.org to find information on a food bank near you, including the Napa Valley Food Bank. You can find out about hunger where you live or learn how to join advocacy or volunteer efforts that help create hunger-free and healthy communities.
The Napa Storehouse is a pantry distribution center providing food to residents of Napa. Because the Storehouse runs entirely on volunteer help, your time will make a big difference to individuals and families in need. Visit the organization website to get in touch with volunteer coordinator Susan Brace to find out how you can help!
Napa Valley CanDo volunteers are always looking for ways to make our community stronger. With their new CanGrow program, they’re helping to increase the amount of fresh, local produce available for the Napa Valley Food Banks. By coordinating the efforts of other community partners and individuals to grow edible produce on any land they have available, delicious, fresh local produce like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and much more ,is now available to those in need. The Napa Community Garden and Connolly Ranch have already donated space to raise plants for the Food Bank and if you’ve got space in your garden for an extra plant or two, you can help too! When you harvest your extra produce, you can take it directly to the Emergency Food Pantry or contact CanGrow if you need help getting it there. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare beds, harvest and transport produce. You’ll be put on a list to help only when it works with your schedule. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. For more information, or to join as a volunteer, click here.
No Kid Hungry Campaign, operates locally-based campaigns, to put a stop to child hunger by connecting local families with the resources they need to provide their children with enough nutritious food to thrive. Log on to http://www.nokidhungry.org find out how you can help our local community.
Project Sunlight U.S. – Unilever believes that no child should face hunger and their Project Sunlight is a growing community of people who believe it’s possible to build a world where everyone lives well and sustainably. They’ve developed a “Share a Meal” toolkit to support individual food drives and programs to feed the hungry. To learn more about how you can help turn the tables on hunger in our community, click here.
Take Hunger Off the Menu in Napa County – Every year, Community Action Napa Valley’s (CANV) staff and volunteers provide nearly 2 million pounds of food to Napa County people in need and they’d love to increase that amount, to help end hunger and food insecurity in our community.
To learn more about how you can give or receive help to take hunger off the menu in Napa County, give them a call at (707) 253-6100 or click here to visit their website.
Chefs, Restaurants and Culinary Schools
Chefs, Restaurants and Culinary Schools
Cook 4 Seasons is great source for local, sustainable food and nutrition information with colorful recipes, cooking tips and culinary events in Napa and beyond. This great resource is curated by farmers market enthusiast Karen Schuppert. Visit http://www.cook4seasons.com/ to learn more.
The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena offers classes and chef demos for culinary enthusiasts interested in getting a taste of the Napa Valley. For more information on how to get involved with CIA or visit for an event or tour, check out their website.
CIA at Copia – The CIA at Copia has a variety of classes that cover cooking, baking, wine tasting, chef demonstrations, and much more. There’s always something fun to do at CIA, tap into your interests in a fun and inviting space. Find your next experience on the class calendar!
Edible Education Napa Valley brings culinary and nutrition education classes to local schools. This program, run by food systems community activist Elizabeth Skylar, hosted a cooking camp over the summer for Napa kids. Visit their website to contact the edible education team and stay tuned for upcoming workshops!
Gourmet Retreats – Are you a seasoned cook or food enthusiast wanting to learn new recipes in different settings? Take a culinary vacation, gourmet weekend retreat, farmers’ market tour and class, or even a private cooking class at CasaLana through Gourmet Retreats! Check out the class schedule to find your class!
Napa Valley College offers culinary programs centered around sustainable practices and fresh foods straight from their student garden! Support Napa Valley culinary students by visiting their student restaurant or sign up on their website for recreational cooking classes and learn more about how to incorporate local foods into delicious meals!
Napa Valley College Cooking School, supports sustainable food and sustainable cooking practices. Renowned chef Barbara Alexander teaches at the School, sharing the importance of technique and craft with her students while empowering them with passion, inspiration and commitment to the local food movement. Learn more about Chef Alexander here, and sign up for classes today!
Silverado Cooking School – Are you ready for some hands-on cooking? Silverado Cooking School offers classes in their state-of-the-art kitchen using seasonal ingredients from their farm. After a brief introduction, you and your cooking mates will experiment with various recipes and culminate the experience by enjoying a communal meal of the food you just prepared. Check out their calendar!
Food sharing/ Food Diversity Groups
Food sharing/ Food Diversity Groups
American Canyon Backyard Farmers – If you’re looking for a place to trade your surplus vegetables, fruit, or eggs, share food or gardening tips and suggestions, or ask questions in a community forum, you can check out the American Canyon Backyard Famers Trading Post on Facebook here.
Crop Mobster is a community exchange platform that helps to reduce waste by connecting food suppliers to organizations and individuals in need of healthy foods. If you are interested in becoming a member of a network of citizens dedicated to resourceful efficiency in our local food system, visit their website and get involved today!
Explore Napa is a free mobile app and website from the Napa County Library that allows you to explore the rich history of Napa County. With Explore Napa you can learn the stories of Napa’s everyday places (and people) and look through a window into the past with historical images and documents. You can choose from a tour of Napa’s historic downtown, learn about the “Little Free Library” (made almost entirely out of recycled materials) or explore the rich history of mineral springs and their resorts in the Napa Valley. For more information, click here.
Napa County Crop Swap – Meet fellow food gardeners and exchange surplus fruit! Wednesdays, May-October, 5:30-6:00pm, at Fuller Park. Weather Permitting. Any left overs go to the food bank. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.
The high school students of the Napa FFA Chapter at Vintage Farm (1185 Sierra Ave) holds a farmers market Mondays 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm. They also have seasonal offerings like pumpkin patch and Xmas tree farm.
Contact info: email – firstname.lastname@example.org; phone – (707) 815-0123
Napa Food Cooperative – Taking a grassroots approach to local food production, the Napa Food Cooperative is an active online community with links to a variety of resources for local food, sustainability and much more. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.
Napa Garden Share – This group was created for gardeners who would like to share or trade their fruits, veggies and garden plants with other members. Please post what you would like to trade/share or post what you are looking for.
Napa Valley Plow Share Project is a community group dedicated to growing involvement in a community based food system. Check out this link to their Facebook and join the groups for updates on upcoming events!
Slow Food Napa Valley is part of a larger network of members who prioritize seasonal, local, clean, and sustainable foods that are produced fairly and accessible to all. Slow Food Napa Valley is your local chapter, dedicated to supporting slow food values. Visit their website for more information on upcoming events and to become a member of this international network of local food enthusiasts today!
Local Agricultural Organizations
Local Agricultural Organizations
CA Grower Foundation is a local nonprofit committed to providing services to agricultural workers in the Napa, Sonoma, and surrounding counties. The non-profit offers healthcare and retirement program assistance as well as education programs for growers throughout the region. Visit their website to find out how you can become a member and start receiving updates and news today!
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Serving alongside educators and community leaders, FoodCorps members partner with schools to put in place a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids, creating a nourishing environment for all students. Our service members provide food and nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices, hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food, and lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms.
Jack L. Davies Ag Fund – First established in 1998, the Jack L. Davies Ag Fund seeks to create a $500,000 endowment to support a perpetual, annual program of micro-grants focused on research and educational outreach. Guided by a volunteer board of directors, the Fund operates under the premise that only an educated electorate can protect the integrity of the land, and is dedicated to preserving and protecting agricultural land in the Napa Valley. Learn more about how you can get involved.
The Napa County Farm Bureau is a non-profit organization that works to preserve local agricultural lands through advocacy and education. For information about upcoming meetings and events, visit the organization’s website or Facebook.
Napa Valley Grapegrowers is a community of wine industry leaders dedicated to the sustainable growth and production of quality grapes and preservation of local land. This community organization helps grape growers to address the challenges they face and provides resources for producers to successfully maintain sustainable practices. To find out more about this organization, visit www.napagrowers.org.
Napa Valley Vintners work continuously to be the voice of the Napa Valley wine industry for consumers, and is a key non-profit trade organization for any vintner producing Napa Valley wine in the Napa Valley. Local industry professionals and wine novices alike are can visit http://www.napavintners.com to more about the Napa Valley Vintners’ philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors.
Local Environmental Organizations
Local Environmental Organizations
Want to extend your passion for local agriculture and sustainable foods and help protect the Napa Valley’s natural landscape? Check out the opportunities below to find out how you can get involved in local environmental activism.
Connolly Ranch in Napa hosts programs and events for families and children to learn about farm life as well as the role of ecology and sustainability in agricultural practices. Visit this link to browse their various volunteer opportunities, children’s programs, and field trips!
Friends of the Napa River is the community’s voice for the responsible protection, restoration, development and celebration of the Napa River and its watershed through education and advocacy. Visit their website to see how you can get involved.
Land Trust of Napa Valley is a great resource for folks interested in leading hikes or learning about different locally endangered ecosystems and how to preserve them. Visit their website and become a steward of the land today!
Napa Green is a voluntary program for Napa Valley land owners that currently focuses on enhancing the watershed and restoring habitat. More than 22,000 acres (about 11,000 are vineyards) are enrolled in the program and more than 9,200 acres are certified, with thousands more about to receive official certification. Napa Green is based on the Fish Friendly Farming program, which has been in use in the Russian River, Navarro, and Gualala watersheds since 1999. Development of Napa Green for the Napa watershed was initiated by Napa Valley’s agricultural community and involved an 18-month collaborative effort between local vintners and growers and representatives from government agencies and environmental organizations. The result of this effort was the creation of a workbook of Beneficial Management Practices with a farm plan template. Learn more about how you can participate.
Napa Valley California Native Plant Society is great resource for learning more about the native plants of Napa or exploring Napa’s plant wildlife through fieldtrips and group hiking activities Visit their website and find out how you can get involved!
Napa County Resource Conservation District Interested in getting involved with local resource conservation efforts? The Napa County Resource Conservation District is a non-regulatory organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible watershed management. RCD offers volunteer opportunities, internships, and even scholarships for high school seniors interested in resource conservation. For more information, contact Eric McKee, Education Program Coordinator at Eric@NapaRCD.org or (707)252-4188 ext. 111. Click here to find out more!
The Rutherford Dust Society was founded by growers and vintners in tribute to Napa Valley’s legacy of grape growing and winemaking. The “dust” represents their enduring commitment to quality, achievement and connection to the soil. Members actively work to restore the Napa River Watershed, promote healthy agriculture and preserve the rich heritage of the Napa Valley. Visit the Rutherford Dust Society’s website to learn more about their events and activities, including the annual Rutherford Block Party!
Sierra Club’s Napa Valley Chapter has a mission to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth, practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources, and educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. Visit their website to find out how you can participate in various preservation programs and become a member today!
Sustainable Napa County is committed to supporting economic and environmental vitality in Napa and beyond. To find out how you can contribute to local and global greening efforts, visit Sustainable Napa County’s website.
The UC Master Gardeners of Napa County is a volunteer organization that provides horticulture education for Napa Valley citizens interested in gardening. Check out the organization’s website for upcoming community events and workshops or to find out how you can become a Master Gardener!
Farm to table is more than a restaurant buzz word — it’s a frame of mind, and you don’t have to be a farmer or a chef to get in on the fun. The Napa Valley is home to some of the world’s best produce, some grown right here at the CIA, and in this chef demonstration, you’ll learn tips, tricks, and techniques to use the best of your farmers’ market finds to create meals that are full of flavor, rich in nutrients, and good for your community.
This class is in partnership with our CIA Farm Manager, Matthew Gunn, as we create seasonal dishes based on what is available in our garden and farm at the CIA. Each delivery, we will receive different items and create farm to table recipes with “market basket” ingredients so that you can experience the freshest version of our creativity!
For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite.
Learn about the birds flying through your farm and how they might be a benefit to your operation. Hear from and connect with innovative farmers, avian researchers, and other experts about practices that attract beneficial birds for pest control and manage pest birds. In addition, participate in a demonstration conservation planting and learn how this habitat can benefit your farm. You will gain valuable experience in planning for practices aimed at attracting beneficial birds and other natural enemies.
Registration is $20 and includes lunch and copies of Wild Farm Alliance’s Bird Booklet and Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Birds in the Vineyard Best Practices.
For more information and to register, visit the Facebook event.
Free Market Friday
On the 2nd Friday of each month Napa Valley Health and Human Services Agency (in partnership with Community Action of Napa Valley, CANV) hosts a Free Market, with a variety of seasonal produce, OPEN TO EVERYONE. There are no eligibility requirements, but it is first-come first-serve. Please Bring a Reusable Bag. For more information, please call (707) 253-4279. Learn More.
Napa Farmers Market
The Napa Farmers’ Market is open! We continue to provide a celebration of community, world-class produce and artisan goods for which our beautiful region is known. Napa Farmers’ Market has more than 40 local farms throughout the season offering fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, seafood and eggs from small regional farms, many are certified organic. For more information visit our website at https://napafarmersmarket.org/
The Market is home to Regional artisans, and gourmet food vendors featuring fresh bakery items, honey, cheeses, and jams. Chef Demonstrations, Children’s Activities and More…EBT & WIC Accepted
Shake off those winter blues and join us for the newest addition to our Culinary Competition series, our Chili Cookoff!
It’s game time at the CIA at Copia when local Bay Area chefs will be pitted against each other to see who is crowned chili champion! Warm your belly with chili samples during a walk-around tasting in our state-of-the-art kitchen, then vote for your favorite!
During the competition, fun snacks will be available to pair with the chilis (think Fritos), and we’ll be selling delicious beers to help wash it all down.
For more information and to register, visit CIA at Copia’s website.
The Local Food Advisory Council’s special meeting is Monday, March 25th, from 4pm to 6pm at the UCCE meeting room, 1710 Soscol Avenue. The Council will discuss subcommittee progress.