Cultivating Community North Valley is a project supported by a partnership of local players whose shared vision is to strengthen the health and vitality of our community and our local food network through the growing, preparing and marketing of specialty crops. 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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  • Specialty Crop Workshops/Events

    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

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  • Community Events

    Upcoming food network events and Farmers Markets within our community.

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  • School Gardens

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    School Gardens

Get Involved

You can be a part of the local food movement today. Visit our events page to see our upcoming events and join a free workshop

    • Collaborators

      GRUB Education Program is rooted in bringing hands~on learning experiences to both kids & adults in the community regarding growing food, preserving & preparing food & gleaning food.

      Check out GRUB Education Program.

      TThe 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.

      Check out OVP.

      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

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