WHO WE ARE
A group of folks who share your dreams of health and community
We have a shared vision that the way in which our food grows impacts us personally as well as the planet and all Life on earth.
We support the current science which informs us that all Life on the planet is interdependent and intertwined
and we choose to devote our lives to food systems that regenerate and support Life.
We value community and connection that fosters a sense of belonging and healthy real food security for all.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
Our vision for Butte County is to create a strong local food system as the basis of a strong local economy,
anchored in a healthy community that thrives on neighbors helping neighbors.
- Butte county moves to 10% local food by 2025
- 2500 gardens by 2025
- Increase food security
- Support our Local Farmers
- Increase Farmers Market sales by 10% by 2021
- Increase CSA memberships by 10% by 2021
- Promote Farm, Nursery and Urban Garden Tours
- Create a network of support and mentorship for gardeners
WHAT WE DO
- Sponsor informative events- films, panel discussions, Field Trip Adventures, Farm To Fork Feasts, Information booths at community events and markets and more
- Support Local Farmers- partner with farmers markets to promote economic viability, Farm To Fork Feasts, advertise for them on Social media
- Policy- work with local officials to lower barriers to gardening and urban farmers and incentivize local food programs / campaigns / initiatives
- Promote local businesses, nonprofits and community groups in alignment with our mission
- Food Garden Tours coming 2021
- VG Blitz starting in Spring and Fall 2020, then beyond
FROM OUR ARCHIVES
HOW DOES IT BENEFIT BUTTE COUNTY AND THE NORTH STATE?
LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD
- Stimulates local economies. For every $1M in local food, 13 jobs are created. Those who don’t feed local communities create 3 jobs.
- Returns 3 times the money back into the local economy as chain retailers
- Is healthier because it’s fresher
- When grown regeneratively, has a lower carbon footprint, can save water and helps the environment.
- Strengthens connection in our divided communities via personal, community and school gardens; urban farms, CSAs, and farmers markets
- Preserves rural farmland and livelihoods
In 2015, Vermont made a commitment to prioritize economic development of local food and created The Vermont Farm To Plate initiative. They identified and mobilized a variety of stakeholders to work together on all aspects of the food system. With a population roughly 3 times that of Butte County, it is now the state with the highest percentage of local food consumption in the U.S.. Their initial goal was to raise the amount of local food consumed from 5% to 10% by 2020. Even with their short growing season, they surpassed that goal and made it to 12.9% in 2018.
If Vermont can have this much success with just one growing season, imagine what we can do here as we can basically grow year round.
What would happen if we adopted Vermont’s model here in Butte County? Sound exciting? Join us