When was CVV founded and why?
In 2000 a group of residents including farmers, townspeople, and the Tribal Council of Rumsey Indian Rancheria came together to discuss issues facing the Capay Valley Region and to develop strategies to manage growth and preserve a sense of place. CVV incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001 to establish a community-wide vision for the future of the Capay Valley Region and to facilitate an ongoing collaborative process for planning.
What is the Capay Valley Region?
The Capay Valley Region encompasses the Western Yolo County communities of Madison, Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda, and Rumsey, including Lamb Valley and Hungry Hollow.
How is CVV governed?
CVV has a Board of Directors elected by a Community Advisory Council, a representative body consisting of a delegate from fifty community organizations. The Council meets several times a year, advising the Board on policy and electing the directors. The Board is comprised of representatives from the local communities and the Rumsey Indian Rancheria. The Board meets monthly and has policy and fiduciary responsibility for the organization.
What does CVV do?
CVV conducts community workshops and sponsors task forces organized by community interest to address priority issues. All community members are encouraged to participate in the workshops and to join task forces according to their interests. Current issues being addressed are: Agriculture & Environment; Economic Development; Recreation; Housing; and Transportation.
What has CVV accomplished?
Over the last two years, CVV has convened a visioning and community planning process. Resulting tools include the Capay Valley Atlas, a community action plan, an agricultural strategic plan, and a transportation concept study. Currently a housing study is being done to pin point the needs in our community. The Capay Valley Grown label and branding effort is one concrete strategy to result from this community planning.
How is CVV funded?
CVV receives support from individuals, special events, and sales of Capay Valley items and publications. Donations of all sizes are accepted! Grants have also been received from the CALFED Watershed Program, California Consumer Protection Foundation, California Farmland Conservancy Program, Great Valley Center, Rumsey Community Fund, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and Yolo County Tribal Mitigation Funds.