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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Thursday, March 23rd
What's Graywater? Find out at the Workshop!
Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems. Registration Required.

Thursday, March 23rd
Graywater Laundry to Landscape Workshop
Join us for this FREE Learn 'n Grow class, featuring Justin Burks from The Santa Clara Valley Water District and learn about the benefits of installing a simple, sustainable graywater laundry-to-landscape system in your home. Plus, learn about the Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program offered by The Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Saturday, March 25th
Permaculture: Guilds for a Healthy Garden
A guild is a group of plants, animals, and other organisms which work well together. In Permaculture, a guild can be as simple as a collection of plants in healthy soil in a bed, or as complex as a food forest, fruiting hedge, or intentionally-designed watershed. What type of guilds are right for your needs? Come join us, as we talk about guilds in Permaculture Design. Recommended reading: Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway, 2nd edition (Not required, but will give you a good foundation in what we’ll be talking about.)

Saturday, March 25th
Compost Basics Workshop
Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.

Saturday, April 1st
Compost Basics Workshop
Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.

Saturday, April 1st
Water Wise Edibles & Pollinator Friendly Plants
Learn how to reduce water needs by learning how to grow native herbs, and plants that attract pollinators and enhance habitat. This class will also cover how to incorporate non toxic maintenance techniques into landscape management.

Funding Agencies

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program

Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Participating Agencies

City of Cupertino

City of Los Altos

Town of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Water District

City of Sunnyvale

West Valley Communities (Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga)

Date:

2017-03-23


Hours:

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Location:

Summerwinds Nursery 725 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems; costs, codes, and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the $200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Focus of workshop will be on laundry to landscape systems. Registration Required.


Phone:

For workshop or graywater questions, contact Justin Burks at (408) 630-2684 For parking, hours, or other nursery questions, contact Dago Mora or Ed Bass at (650) 493-5136


Event Sponsor:

Santa Clara Valley Water District


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Comments:

Schedule includes one hour workshop plus Q&A. To receive specific assistance with project ideas during the workshop, please bring: a simple drawing of your project plan and photos of your laundry area, exterior wall nearest your clothes washer, and landscape area to be irrigated with graywater. Note: the above materials are not required to enjoy or attend the workshop.


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Date:

2017-03-23


Hours:

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Location:

SummerWinds Nursery - Palo Alto 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Join us for this FREE Learn 'n Grow class, featuring Justin Burks from The Santa Clara Valley Water District and learn about the benefits of installing a simple, sustainable graywater laundry-to-landscape system in your home. Plus, learn about the Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program offered by The Santa Clara Valley Water District.


Phone:

650-493-5136


Event Sponsor:

SummerWinds Nursery


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Comments:

RSVPs required; space is limited.


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Date:

2017-03-25


Hours:

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Location:

Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306


Cost:

$35 (Early-bird $30; purchase before February 25)


Description:

A guild is a group of plants, animals, and other organisms which work well together. In Permaculture, a guild can be as simple as a collection of plants in healthy soil in a bed, or as complex as a food forest, fruiting hedge, or intentionally-designed watershed. What type of guilds are right for your needs? Come join us, as we talk about guilds in Permaculture Design. Recommended reading: Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway, 2nd edition (Not required, but will give you a good foundation in what we’ll be talking about.)


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden


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Comments:

William Mutch is a Permaculture designer and teacher. He has been practicing Permaculture for decades, and teaching it for around 11 years. He helped found and is active with Transition Palo Alto, writing for and hosting the Transition Cafés and Permaculture Cafés, as well as many skillshares and other projects. He has designed and led educational programs and classes with ages 3-90+. He is currently living in an eco-house in Saratoga.


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Date:

2017-03-25


Hours:

10:00 a.m. to Noon


Location:

Barbara Lee Senior Center, Room 146 40 N. Milpitas Blvd. Milpitas, CA


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.


Phone:

(408) 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Compost Education Program


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Date:

2017-04-01


Hours:

10 a.m. to Noon


Location:

Environmental Education Center at the McClellan Ranch Preserve 22221 McClellan Rd Cupertino, CA 95014


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot, exploring why something that so many are repulsed by might in fact be the way we save the planet.


Phone:

(408) 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Compost Education Program


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Comments:


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Date:

2017-04-01


Hours:

9:30 - 12pm


Location:

Fire Department Station #15 1248 South Blaney Ave, San Jose, CA 95129


Cost:

FREE!


Description:

Learn how to reduce water needs by learning how to grow native herbs, and plants that attract pollinators and enhance habitat. This class will also cover how to incorporate non toxic maintenance techniques into landscape management.


Phone:

4087935365


Event Sponsor:

City of San Jose and Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency


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Comments:

Search for the class title in the list available and then follow the steps for registration, or just call the number listed above!