History of Nevada County Grown

Nevada County Grown was incorporated in 2008 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) marketing organization to promote farmers and ranchers while educating the general public about the importance and value of agriculture to our county. But we need to step back a couple of years to understand how this organization came into being at that time.

In 2005-2006, people involved with agriculture, food, and the environment were coming together. It was time to make a stronger connection between the agricultural producers and the general community, and to raise awareness of the value of our local foodshed. Several important milestones occurred during 2006:

  • The first Come Home To Eat was organized, with 300 people gathering to hear from farmers and ranchers, and then joining in a sumptuous meal of local foods and wines.
  • The Local Food Coalition (LFC) was formed as an information network of individuals and organizations who were involved in and supportive of agriculture.
  • The first Farm Guide was published.

In 2007, the second Come Home To Eat was held, attracting even more people. And the second Farm Guide was published.

Also in 2007, the vision was developed to create a non-profit marketing organization to support agriculture in Nevada County. This organization would continue and expand publication of the Farm Guide, and increase marketing and public education about local agriculture. The chosen name was: Nevada County Grown.

Things moved quickly in late 2007 – early 2008.

  • The Nevada County Grown Planning Committee was formed, with the following members: Jeff Pylman, Rich Johansen, Roger Ingram, Rita de Quercus, Kathy Laible, Sam Raymond, Rachel Plevin, Michelle Rose and Kay Joy Barge.
  • A Proposal was submitted to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for $10,000 seed money to form Nevada County Grown. This proposal was granted.
  • Nevada County Grown was incorporated, by-laws were written, and an initial Board of Directors was selected.

Nevada County Grown was born. Publication of the Farm Guide passed to NCG with the 2008 issue, a website was created, a beautiful logo was designed, and people were becoming members. The official kick-off for Nevada County Grown was at Come Home To Eat on June 21, 2008. Additional members joined and elections were subsequently held for Directors.

So that is the history. Since 2008,

  • The Farm Guide continues to be published every year. Distribution has increased to 25,000 copies per year, an App has been written, and it can be downloaded from the website.
  • Producer Pages have been added to the website for each Ag member
  • The first annual Membership Meeting was held in 2009.
  • Additional marketing materials have been created.
  • Public outreach and education continue with ‘tabling’ at various events and speaking to area groups.

New projects in the works during 2013

  • Bounty of the County – a new, annual event which will launch during the Draft Horse Classic at the Fairgrounds. We will be pairing fabulous local chefs and barbecue experts with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers.
  • Updating and expanding the Nevada County Grown website.
  • Exploring new marketing items and opportunities.