Cultivating Community North Valley¬†is a project supported by a partnership of local players and programs whose shared vision is to strengthen the health and vitality of our community and our local food network. CCNV provides education, outreach, and resources to students, small-scale farmers, under-served communities, and everyone interested in participating in the local food movement. We invite you to explore our page and hope that you’ll join us in cultivating a better community here in the North Valley!

CCNV is supported by a California Department for Food & Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to CSUC’s Research Foundation, and is directed by Dr. Lee Altier

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  • Workshops

    Our hands-on workshops will deepen your food-growing knowledge.

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  • Gardens and Workdays

    Our community garden consultants can get your community garden growing in the right direction

    More about Gardens
  • Community Events

    Upcoming food network events and Farmers Markets within our community.

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  • Store

    We sell tools and supplies for low-income and small scale farmers at cost.

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Get Involved

You can be a part of the local food movement today. Visit our events page to see our upcoming events and sign-up for a workshop.

    • Our partners

      The GRUB Education Program is a nonprofit organization that offers workshops and other services to educate people about growing their own food. Their core programs focus on adult and youth education, community gardening, and composting.

      Check out GRUB Education Program.

      The Organic Vegetable Project is a student-run farmer training program at the Chico State University Farm that works to educate future farmers in sustainable ways of growing food. The OVP hosts farmers markets to increase produce availability to the college community, and provides food for the Associated Students Food Services.

      Check out The OVP.

      cChaos is a nonprofit organization that works to provide consultation to improve nutrition and lifestyle choices, and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in under-served neighborhoods.

      Check out cChaos.

      The Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion is a non-profit at Chico State University working to create healthy and livable communities in 17 northern California counties. CNAP provides shared resources for interdisciplinary student-faculty-staff research, as well as opportunities for civic engagement and service learning in nutrition education, food security, and physical activity programs.

      Check out CNAP.

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