“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist

Welcome to our 5th year of Better World events!

“How to Make the World a Better Place” is an ongoing program spearheaded by the good folks at Heritage Presbyterian Church, of presentations and learning opportunities for people of all ages in the Benicia community.

Viewpoints expressed in these presentations are those of the presenters and do not constitute any endorsement by Heritage Presbyterian Church.

UPCOMING PRESENTATION: Wednesday, May 31, 7 pm

Sustainable Solano… Community Gardening at its Best

Sustainable Solano is a grassroots, countywide movement uniting people through work that aims to serve the future of Solano County, to promote ecologically regenerative, economically and socially just communities in a world that works for everyone. Sustainable Solano has grown out of decades of dedicated community work that started with community gardens in Benicia and has grown to include an emphasis on creating sustainable, regenerative environments, community capacity building, supporting local food systems and building youth leadership and workforce skills for a better future.

Maggie Kolk is the current Chair of the Sustainable Solano Board of Directors, have served as past Secretary and a board member since 2018. She and her husband, Jack have been the Avant Garden volunteer coordinators since 2017, managing the planting, growing and harvesting of organically grown produce to donate to Benicia community non-profits such as CAC’s senior meal program, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church twice weekly free community dinners and Food is Free Stands throughout the county. Maggie is also a Solano County Master Gardener and professionally works as a food scientist with emphasis on food safety and quality state and federal regulatory requirements.

Maggie will discuss the important work in progress by Sustainable Solano in the areas of green infrastructure and local food systems and their relationship to health and climate resilience. Come with your questions about organic gardening and healthy eating. Tips for local gardening and using local ingredients along with recipes will be provided.


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