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
GRUB Education (Growing Resourcefully, Uniting Bellies), is a nonprofit organization that is rooted in bringing hands~on learning experiences to both kids & adults in the community. Its work is based on experiential education that connects people to the environment, their community & the role of agriculture in their lives. GRUB Ed promotes land stewardship: growing food, gathering food & preserving food. GRUB Ed values, supports & promotes local food systems that sustain us. 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.
Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen
The Edible Pedal bicycle powered cooking demonstration kitchen is a community tool used to increase the health of the community by promoting the enjoyment of fresh, seasonal produce. The Edible Pedal provides cooking demonstrations at events and locations in the Chico area featuring local produce at farmers markets, community gardens, health fairs, and other events. Visit Facebook page.