Welcome

cchaos logocCHAOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose objective is to expand the process of building healthy lifestyles and support through creative health-focused development of Farmers Markets throughout Butte County. We aim to educate under-resourced communities on nutritionally dense, local and sustainable food sources and experience based education for entry level food producers. We are dedicated to providing information rich food hubs for both underserved consumers and beginning small food producers.

 

Current Projects

 

Chapmantown Farmer’s Market

Our aim is to create a place where the diverse community can safely gather to access healthy foods, convene as community and support local economic opportunities.

Fridays                                                                                                                        Winter October-April 2-5:30pm                                                                                              Summer May-September 3-7pm                                                                                            Rain or Shine                                                                                                                    1010 Cleveland @ Community Park                                                                                   Parking lot next to Chapman Elementary                                                                         Local farmers, Fresh produce, Plant starts and seeds.                                                 Special events including Local Artists & Crafters, Live music,                                         Kids activities, Workshops, and Tasty Food!

Cultivating Community Advocates

Cultivating Community Advocates is a project of Friends of Independent Living Services of Northern California and funded by a 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. ccadvocates.net.                                                           CCA connects access-challenged local communities to the greater movement towards greater personal/community health and food sovereignty. CCA does this by linking under-resourced populations to existing services, community organizing expertise, and grant funding opportunities.

cCHAOS & The Good Food Now Project’s objectives are to re-structure and grow the Chapmantown Farmer’s Market and to function as a food educational site, with locally grown food as the focus.  Part of this opportunity is to study and pilot the best ways to accomplish this in a sustainable way that attracts and invites the whole community of Chapmantown, in all of its diversity, to participate.  Our vision of a successful farmers market is one that overcomes food access barriers by offering fresh, healthy food within walking distance of Chapmantown borders on a weekly basis. This market will offer an affordable alternative to supermarkets with comparable prices on produce and accepts EBT/Calfresh that enables low-income individuals to purchase food directly from farmers.  Part of the Good Food Now Project will be to initiate culturally-appropriate food educational activities, preparing specialty crops from the market which will promote healthy food choices and farmer’s market vendors.

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Prior Projects

Cultivating Community North Valley

Cultivating Community North Valley is a project supported by a partnership of local players and programs whose shared vision is to strengthen the health and vitality of our community and our local food network. 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. cultivatingcommunitynv.org

cCHAOS & CCNV Programs:

Small Farmer’s Scholarships- We awarded 30 mini-grants between to 2012-2014 to new and upcoming farmers who began selling at local farmers markets. These scholarships covered the cost of market certification as well as pay a minimum of $40 per market for six weeks to off-set the start-up costs of becoming a vendor.

EBT Support and Promotion- In 2012, with cChaos and CCNV support, all farmer’s markets in Butte County we’re EBT enabled. We offered large-scale EBT Promotional matching programs at all markets. We provided ongoing EBT services for Gridley, Chapmantown and Oroville Hospital Farmer’s Markets.  As well as, off-set costs reimbursements to market managements.