In 2015, the Napa Local Food Advisory Council hopes to promote local food production by encouraging landowners to consider converting a piece of their property into food farming. In our county, there is an increasingly high demand for locally grown produce, as well as many outlets and opportunities to market and sell these goods. Read more here
The Department of Agriculture has a downloadable PDF that explains how to cultivate any area near your home where you can grow fruits and vegetables into a peace garden. They recommend starting with at least four planting beds and rotating your vegetable types to give variety and balance your diet. The guide includes instructions for planting, fertilizing,
To download and read or print the guide, click here.
The Butchers Guild believes that good meat can change the world. Founded by local folks from Sonoma and San Francisco who recognize that food is part of a greater system that affects our health, environment and economy, the guild is a fraternity of meat professionals who encourage the use of whole animals from local farms. The guild provides a support network for localized food communities, while helping to serving consumers who value the knowledge a good butcher can provide. To learn more, click here.
The State of Colorado plans to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops into an efficient and sustainable power source. The “small hydropower” project was recently launched in Denver and is taking advantage of new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water, soil and drought. The goal of the project is to pressurize flows of agricultural water and produce hydro-power for more efficient irrigation. If successful, it could greatly reduce the amount of water required to sustain agriculture in many semi-arid western states. To read the article, click here.
It’s time to ready your garden and get your plants into the ground! Here’s a simple 5-step guide from the MacDonnell family at Round Pond Estate that will have you filling your garden with nature’s bounty in no time. You can read it online or download a printable PDF to share with your friends and family, to get them excited about planting your own backyard garden. To learn more, click here.
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. Publishing stories to shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture, in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a community resource of over 100 contributors who are active participants in the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street. To learn more, click here.
Appetite for a Change is a campaign sponsored by the Organic Consumers Union, to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides, toxins, and junk foods. One of the goals of the campaign is to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic pesticides on school property and support the use of integrated pest management practices. Another goal is to get rid of junk foods and make school lunches healthier, by using locally grown and organic foods and offering vegetarian options The campaign also teaches kids about healthy food choices and sustainable agriculture through school garden projects and curriculum materials. To learn more about the campaign, click here.
Farmigo wants to empower people to create a better way to eat, by creating farm-to-neighborhood access to fresh food from local farmers, bakers, and butchers. You can learn new ways to bring friends and neighbors together to support local farmers by becoming a local organizer or attend community events with farmers, chefs, and good food advocates. To learn more, click here.
Eileen Gordon lives in the Napa Valley with her husband, chef Michael Chiarello, and their family. She understands that “sustainable food isn’t just a catch phrase – it’s a way of life” and she’s created Dirt-to-Dine Adventure Camps for kids at Connelly Ranch and Barnraiser, a crowd funding site and community to “power the good food movement one project at a time” to share her passion for supporting farmers, educators, chefs and local food producers and creating a “new, healthier, more sustainable food system”. To read the article, click here.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own food right at home, all year-round? Learn how to build a greenhouse using an old trampoline and 3 more great ideas for using other recycled materials. It’s cheap, easy and fun! Help protect the environment and enjoy your very own produce. Download easy step by step instructions and photos here.