Tour: Rain & Greywater Fed Urban Oases
Tour five waterwise gardens and take home a toolkit of techniques and resources to conserve water, save money, grow food and create a flourishing landscape!
We’ll explore the home garden of Trathen Heckman, Executive Director of Daily Acts, and its’ over 200 varieties of edible and medicinal plants that supply 500+ pounds of food a year on a modest water budget. Heckman’s lush backyard is home to an engineered wetland (the first single-residence permitted greywater system in the county), multiple rainwater harvesting systems, hugelkultur beds and an array of other water-savvy strategies. We’ll then cross the street and tour the Cavanagh Center Food Forest where Daily Acts, in partnership with the City of Petaluma, transformed 3,500 square feet of lawn to lunch! By using regionally appropriate plants and harvesting the rain, this four year old edible forest garden has reduced annual water use by 80% (65,000 gallons/year) while providing a diversity of food, medicine and wildlife habitat.
We’ll share a potluck lunch mid-day and then visit three other bountiful home gardens, each exemplifying water-saving strategies adapted to the unique needs of the residents and their site. Learn about sheet mulching to suppress weeds, build soil and increase the “living sponge” of your garden. See simple greywater systems that reuse the not so dirty water from your laundry machine or bathroom sink and shower as landscape irrigation. Leave with a large dose of inspiration and a quiver of techniques and resources for wiser water use in this summer of drought and beyond!
This tour is sponsored by the City of Petaluma in partnership with Daily Acts. The City of Petaluma is committed to water conservation. By utilizing greywater, capturing the rain, upgrading to your turf to waterwise plantings installing low-flow fixtures, you’ll be able to save thousands of gallons of precious water every year.
Visit their Water Conservation web page and learn about the many programs available to help you start saving right away: http://cityofpetaluma.net/wrcd/waterconservation.html
Pre-registration appreciated, walk-ins welcome. Register online.
Please contact Angelo Silva by email or phone with questions.
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