Cultivating Community North Valley is a partnership of organizations working to strengthen our community through the local cultivation, preparation and marketing of specialty crops.
Our partnership allows us to plan strategically, share resources and collaborate to offer educational opportunities, consulting services, and targeted resources that increase local food system participation and capacity. CCNV programs and services are designed to strengthen specialty crop growing and marketing among students, small-scale farmers, and under-served populations in the North Valley. Our programs and services are Chico-based, with select educational and consulting services offered throughout Butte County.
GRUB Education Program
The Growing Resourcefully, Uniting Bellies, or 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. GRUB strives to promote social responsibility through community building, lifestyle choices and sustainable agriculture. The GRUB Supported Community Garden’s team works to get gardeners set up with an environment in which to grow their own food and collaborate to learn more on their own. Visit website.
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. The OVP grows on a 3-acre certified organic plot which is in production year-round. The OVP team conducts variety trials to find which vegetable varieties grow well in the Chico area. OVP produce is served seasonally on campus through the Associated Students Food Services, and sold weekly on campus. Visit website.
Center for Healthy Communities
The Center for Healthy Communities, formerly the Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion, is a community action and educational non-profit at Chico State University working to create healthy and livable communities in 17 northern California counties. CNAP provides the infrastructure and coordination of shared resources for interdisciplinary student-faculty-staff research and opportunities for civic engagement and service learning in nutrition education, food security, and physical activity programs as well as policy development. Visit website.