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CropMobster Fights Food Waste, Hunger

Press coverage
Sep 12, 2016
Good food going to waste is sadly far too common. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that as much as 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. ends up as waste, equaling 133 billion pounds and $161 billion in food value each year. Here in the Sacramento region our food and agriculture system is one of the most productive in the world. Yet, more than 240,000 people — 18 percent of the...+ Read more
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AgTech and the Future of Agriculture

Blog: Project Update
Aug 25, 2016
Over 150 people gathered on the evening of August 20th at Windmill Vineyards in Woodland for Dinner and Drones , a celebration of local agriculture and technology with a delicious Farm-to-Fork dinner topped off with drone races over the vineyards. Yes - seriously - drone races! The dinner was the first fundraiser for AgStart , a program begun by SARTA to provide services and connectivity between...+ Read more
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Nearly 10,000 Lbs. of Fresh Watermelons Donated to Feed the Hungry

Blog: Project Update
Aug 24, 2016
This past Saturday, 20 Harvest Sacramento volunteers converged on Three Rivers Ranch in West Sacramento to pick watermelons for the hungry. The end result – over 10,000 pounds of fruit harvested with 9,224 pounds of fresh, delicious watermelons picked up by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for distribution across the region. The volunteers got to fill up their cars with what didn’t fit...+ Read more
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My Home Energy Revolution

Blog: Randomness
Aug 18, 2016
There’s an energy revolution underway. In our household, it began with a good old-fashioned clothes line for hanging laundry out to dry. It didn’t start with the idea of saving the environment. It just didn’t seem to make good economic sense to be spending money on burning natural gas to dry clothes when the sunshine and wind did a superior job* at no cost. Next came getting rid of the old...+ Read more
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Creating Place Through Public Art

Blog: Project Update
Aug 18, 2016
During next week’s Sacramento Mural Festival , local and international artists will descend on Downtown and Midtown Sacramento to create more than a dozen murals, invigorating some of the region’s most frequented public places. This inaugural festival begins on August 20 th and closes with ArtJam 2016 on August 27 th , an interactive party for community members (aka you!) to get involved by...+ Read more
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Sacramento As A Global Agricultural Leader

Blog: Project Update
Aug 18, 2016
The Sacramento region feeds America. This concept was the focus of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s State of Agriculture luncheon last Friday, attended by over 450 leaders from agriculture, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The event is held annually to showcase the region’s assets as a global agricultural leader and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing...+ Read more
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A Lasting Vision

Aug 03, 2016
“ If it was easy, it wouldn’t be Valley Vision .” Our CEO extraordinaire, Bill Mueller , recently made this comment and I have to agree that it rings true. Over the past year, I have had the honor of working as a Program Manager on the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) project alongside a cadre of smart, energetic and (slightly) eccentric folks. Indeed, ‘easy’ is not a word I would use to...+ Read more
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Our Urban River

Aug 02, 2016
As a key facet in Valley Vision's triple-bottom-line approach, environmental stewardship in our region is incredibly important to us. It is an essential function of Valley Vision's purpose to improve regional livability. The following is a guest blog about the mighty American River, one of our region's natural features most deserving of this stewardship . ----------------------------------- Water...+ Read more

The Return of CleanStart

Jul 27, 2016
In 2004 and 2005, Gary Simon and Mark ­­­­­Henwood wanted to attract capital to the region to help clean tech startups in the area learn how to develop their business plans, and to get funded. To their surprise, they were met with strong resistance. Public opinion was that our economy was limited to commercial real estate, farming and military. They knew that they needed to...+ Read more

Higher and Hire

Blog: Randomness
Jul 20, 2016
Three millennials have recently taken on big roles in key Valley Vision projects. As ambitious young people, each who possesses a strong work ethic and brings valued expertise, we appreciate Giovanna , Jenny , and Andrew for their contributions to the important work Valley Vision conducts everyday. Congratulations to Giovanna and Jenny for being promoted to Executive Fellows and to Andrew for...+ Read more