Colusa County Grown
The Colusa County Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) was a recipient of a 2014 SCBGP grant to enhance and expand the Colusa County Grown campaign with a focus on specialty crops. The goal of the project is to enhance the marketability and competiveness of specialty crops within the County and beyond. There are four specialty crops among the County’s top ten commodities which include; almonds, walnuts, tomatoes and wine grapes. There are many other important specialty crops grown in the County including but not limited to; mushrooms, pecans, olives, peaches, pistachios, prunes, pomegranates, beans, onions, watermelons and honey.The project that will bring new opportunities to market the abundant specialty crops grown in Colusa County. Project activities focused on specialty crops will include creating new editions of the Colusa County Grown Food Guide, expanding agri-tourism in the County, facilitating exhibits and presentations promoting nutritional values and utilizing social media to expand the audience base well beyond the local community. Grant funding provided through SCBGP will enable the CCRCD to work with Colusa County government to create a locally driven action plan to develop an agricultural learning center and commodity store along the I-5 corridor. The vision for the “Colusa County Grown Center” will be to serve as a hub for agri-tourism activities designed to expand the movement to connect consumers to the farmers that grow their food and fiber. The Center is the brainchild of Colusa County Supervisor Mark Marshall.