Protecting farmlands has been the central focus of the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee (OGC) since its founding in 1984. The founding members were spurred into action by the proposal to build a new town, Manzanita, on agricultural land east of Vacaville, and by a proposal to build houses on grazing land adjacent to Fairfield. The proposals were defeated at the ballot box. The work of the OGC to raise awareness of the downsides of these projects made the difference.
Prosperous local agriculture remains central to Solano’s quality of life.
Local agriculture revenues amounted to $372,113,000 in 2019. The top ten crops were:
Cattle and calves $36,967,000
Nursery Products $31,231,000
Wheat $ 5,825,000
Sheep and lambs $ 4,386,000
Our wines are grown in the North Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area), the unique growing area that contains Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, and part of Lake and Solano Counties.
The North Coast AVA boasts the same climate attributes of cool evenings and warm days that are idea for fine wine making. It is perhaps the most famous wine-growing area in the USA.
Solano County has two of the 58 sub-appellations of the North Coast AVA – Suisun Valley AVA, and the Solano County--Green Valley AVA.
We support protecting Solano’s agricultural lands. We have some of the world’s most productive soils. While often overlooked, food security is critical to national security. We value the hard work of our local farmers. We are also inspired by local farmers and organizations that are beginning to practice sustainable or regenerative agriculture.
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