Why Woodland

Woodland Provides

Woodland has shaped the future of food and agriculture for over a century, driven by natural resources few places can match. With a culture rooted in innovation, our community is constantly growing and improving the ideal location for food responsibility.

A Fertile Climate

The climate in Woodland and surrounding Yolo County is perfectly suited to growing a wide variety of crops. It’s temperate here, with wet winters and dry summers, providing farmers with ideal growing conditions.

Diverse, High-Quality Crops

The fertile soil and mild climate of the surrounding region promotes incredible crop diversity. Over 300 different fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and more grow in our county alone, including organic and conventional varieties. For food manufacturers, this means access to a variety of high-quality crops and the ability to directly source from our local farmers and ranchers.

Sensible Infrastructure

Woodland is dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the essential infrastructure necessary to sustain our thriving community. In 5 years alone, the City has invested over $200 million in the various systems crucial to our partners.


With a brand new, state-of-the-art water treatment facility and aquifer storage and recovery, Woodland boasts both plentiful and extraordinarily high-quality water. With these improvements, we have eliminated our reliance on native ground water, and efficiency upgrades have expanded our waste-water processing capacities.


Over 80% of the City’s municipal operation electrical needs come from its new 2.5MW solar arrays. In 2018, the Valley Clean Energy Alliance will begin providing commercial and residential customers in Woodland cleaner and more affordable electricity alternatives as well.


We are strategically positioned near major freeways, rail lines, ports, and an international airport. This offers the efficient movement of goods and services essential to our growing industry.

Applied Technology

Woodland leads in food and ag tech in part because of local relationships that turn innovation into implementation. Researchers collaborate directly with farmers and food processors, advancing the use of new technologies in the food system from robotics and automation, optical and moisture sensors, plant genetics and food safety, and soil science. Woodland is at the center of one of the nation’s highest concentrations of seed and seed technology companies, providing the region and the world with improved varieties.

Skilled Workforce

Located just ten miles north of UC Davis, the premier agricultural research university in the world, Woodland businesses enjoy access to top talent in plant and animal sciences, food and ag technology, and more. Additionally, Woodland Community College offers relevant technical degrees and supports a skilled local labor force. More than 50% of the local labor force possess bachelor’s degrees, compared to the national average of around 30%, and more than 300,000 students are enrolled in a 4 year university within 90 miles.

Strong Sense of Community

Many Woodland businesses and family farms are multi-generational and still in operation today, furthering our town’s rich agricultural heritage and strong work ethic. As a historic city, we strive to protect and refurbish important landmarks and buildings to preserve our distinct aesthetic character. Though some may call us a small city, we have big ideals fueled by a shared passion for our community.