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About the Project

The Sustaining Solano project will offer open-air events at partner locations, and invite partners to offer events in-library. The library will transport adults, children, and families to partnering open spaces and farms where they will meet experts and talk about how parks, gardening, and open spaces provide both palpable and intangible benefit to the people of Solano County.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Programs

Araceli Farms Field Trip

Fairfield Civic Center Library (Meet in the Children’s Area)
Saturday, June 22, 9AM-1:30PM

ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE REGISTERED

Join us for a FREE library field trip to Araceli Farms to experience the Lavender Bloom! This field trip is recommended for children ages 5 and up.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT.

Join us for a FREE fieldtrip to Araceli Farms in Dixon! Meet us at the Fairfield Civic Center Library in the children’s area to check in and we will take a bus to Dixon. Once at the farm we will be given a tour and participate in a Q&A. After, we will break for lunch and participants will receive a complimentary cup of lavender lemonade to enjoy. Following lunch, adults will take part in the Lavender U-Pick where individuals will make their own lavender bundle picked fresh from the fields. Children will join farm staff to create their own lavender sachets. We will finish the day by giving people time to take pictures and see the animals on the farm.

All ages are welcome but everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is recommended for children 5 years and up.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE REGISTERED FOR EVENT. Check in is from 9:00-9:15 AM. If you are not physically present at the library by 9:15 AM your spot(s) will be forfeited to the next people on the waitlist.

WE WILL LEAVE THE LIBRARY AT 9:15 AM AND COME BACK AT 1:30 – 2:00 PM. PLEASE EXPECT TO STAY THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE FIELD TRIP. RSVP ONLY.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

AFTER you REGISTER for this event you may pick up a bus waiver to sign early at the Children’s desk. If not, waivers will be provided day of event.

– Bring a lunch/snacks and your own drinking water

– Please wear comfortable walking or athletic type shoes

– Please no gum or candy at the farm!

– YES! There are RESTROOMS at the facility! (None on the bus)

– Estimated travel time to and from Araceli Farms in Dixon is about 22 minutes. Times may be prolonged dependent on traffic. Children must be able to remain seated at all times to be able to go on this trip.

Vegan Cooking Class
Make 2024 the best year ever with your fork to affect change.  Both introductory classes 1/22 and 1/29, will teach you how to easily prepare health promoting foods to increase your longevity, loose those extra pounds, reverse type 2 diabetes, decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, prevent and reverse diseases, promote overall well-being and much, much more.  Award winning chef and vegucator, Lisa Books-Williams, will show you how to Eat to Live in this fun, engaging, interactive and informative class.  You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to taste and see her prepare recipes to help you to THRIVE.  Participants will be provided with recipes, resources, educational materials and the opportunity to ask questions to help start the new year with wellness! Click on a date below to register.
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Monday, January 22 5PM-7PM
Monday, January 29 5PM-7PM

Mobile Dairy Classroom & Ice Cream Social
Bringing agriculture literacy to the library. The program teaches where food comes from and how to make healthy choices. Children will learn new vocabulary, the anatomy of a cow, how milk goes from the cow to the table, and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Meet in library parking lot.
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Tuesday, March 5, 10:30AM-12:00PM

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Vallejo Springstowne Library
Wednesday, May 29, 10AM

Gardening Fair
Join us for a community-building event focusing on sustainable food, environmental, and gardening practices. The fair will highlight gardeners, chefs, beekeepers, farmers, naturalists — and more — from around Vallejo, Solano County, and the Bay Area!
There will also be gardening supplies and workshops to kickoff your journey to sustainability!
Vallejo John F. Kennedy Library
Saturday, March 30, 11:00AM-2:00PM

HVH Specialty Growers Field Trip
Visit a flower farm! Meet us in the children’s area and we will take a bus to this local gem. All ages are welcome but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Check in is from 10am-10:20am. If you are not physically present at the library by 10:30am, your spot will be forfeited to people next on the waitlist. We will leave the library at 10:30am and come back at 2:24pm. Please expect to stay the entire duration of the field trip. Please REGISTER.
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Monday, April 8, 10:15AM-2:45PM

Eat What You Grow Cooking Demonstration
There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. We will cover topics such as: crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering /irrigation, and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on reuse materials will also be discussed. Lori will also lead a cooking demonstration.
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Saturday, April 20, 11AM-1:00PM

Worms: The Hardest Working Pet You Will Ever Have
Do you have a lot of food scraps? Live in an apartment? Worm composting is for you! This workshop will teach you to the benefits and uses of worm compost. We will learn to setup a bin, harvesting and best uses for this garden fertilizer. This program is great for families with kids!!
Vallejo Springstowne Library
Saturday, April 27, 2PM
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Fairfield Civic Center Library
Saturday, May 11, 12:00PM-2:00PM

 

Intro to Permaculture
Learn how to apply permaculture principles to design your home, garden and community! This interactive and all-age friendly workshop will dive into the principles of permaculture and how they can be applied in and out of the garden. Attendees will have the opportunity to plant herbs and and companion plants in an established tree guild at First Christian Church in Vallejo.  Registration is requiredIf you and your party need transportation to First Christian Church, you may request a ride when you register. Attendees may be picked up at the Vallejo John F. Kennedy Library or Vallejo Springstowne Library and transported to the program location.
First Christian Church, 1035 Indiana St. in Vallejo
Saturday, May 11, 11AM-1PM

Hands on Zero Waste Cooking Class @Vallejo Community Center
A live, hands-on cooking class featuring produce from local farms in Solano County. Did you know that food waste from our kitchens affects climate change? Rotting food in the landfill creates methane gas that heats the atmosphere. Learn how you can cut back on household food waste, save money and resources, and be part of the solution! In partnership with Solano County Library, Sustainable Solano’s local food team will lead a hands-on cooking class that explores what to do with those wilting herbs, radish tops, bumper crop of peppers and more! We’ll review several recipe ideas, food storage strategies, and the real meaning of “best by” and expiration dates. Participants will make Escabeche (quick-pickled Mexican vegetables) to take home, along with Moroccan Chermoula and a seasonal pesto that will get incorporated into a light lunch for everyone. REGISTRATION REQUIRED so we can purchase enough ingredients.
 Vallejo Community Center, 225 Amador Street Vallejo, CA 94590
Saturday, June 1, 11AM-1PM

 

California Raptor Center Field Trip
ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE REGISTERED

Join us for a FREE library field trip! We will visit the CA Raptor Center in Davis. This program is recommended for children 8 years and up.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT.

Interested in Bald eagles? Hawks? Owls or Vultures? Then this program might just be for you!
Join us for a free fieldtrip to the California Raptor Center in Davis! Meet us at the Fairfield Civic Center Library in the children’s area to check in and we will take a bus to Davis. Once at the Raptor Center, we will be given a 45-minute general information talk on raptors and participate in a Q&A. Next, we will tour the facility in 2 groups and participate in interactive science activities at the raptor museum. Afterwards, we will break for lunch. We will finish our day giving people a last chance to view the birds on their own before we depart back to the library.
PLEASE NOTE: The Raptor Center is not a zoo. It is a working rehabilitation center designed exclusively for the care of birds of prey.
All ages are welcome but everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is recommended for children 8 years and up.
ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE REGISTERED FOR EVENT. Check in is from 10-10:15 AM. If you are not physically present at the library by 10:15 AM your spot(s) will be forefit to the next people on the waitlist.
WE WILL LEAVE THE LIBRARY AT 10:20AM AND COME BACK AT 2:15 – 2:30 PM. PLEASE EXPECT TO STAY THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE FIELD TRIP. RSVP ONLY.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
AFTER you REGISTER for this event, please drop by the Children’s desk to receive an informational hand out for our field trip! Also, you may pick up a bus waiver to sign early at the Children’s desk. If not, waivers will be provided day of event.
– Bring a lunch/snacks and your own drinking water

– Please wear walking or athletic type shoes

– Please, no gum or candy at the Center!

– YES! There are RESTROOMS at the facility! (None on the bus)

– Estimated travel time to and from the Raptor Center in Davis is about 30 min. Times may be prolonged dependent on traffic. Children must be able to remain seated at all times to be able to go on this trip.
Fairfield Civic Center Library (Meet in the Children’s Area)
Wednesday, June 12, 10AM-2:30PM

seed library

Solano County Library seed libraries operate as  community seed exchanges in which borrowers are able to “check out” a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their gardens for home use. The following locations have seed libraries up and running:

  • Fairfield Cordelia Library
  • Dixon Library
  • Fairfield Civic Center Library
  • Suisun City Library
  • Vacaville town Square Library
  • Vallejo John F. Kennedy Library
  • Vallejo Springstowne Library
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