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JULY

Harvesting Rainwater in Cisterns and Rain Barrels

Details coming soon. This will be taking place at Peaceful Valley in Grass Valley.

SOME OF THE PAST WORKSHOPS, BUILDS and EVENTS

2016

Integrated Design - City Of Folsom

Time: May 16, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Community Center Activities Room, 52 Natoma St. Folsom CA

Cost: Free; only 50 seats available so sign up soon! Register by emailing waterconservation@folsom.ca.us

Integrated Design - brings water harvesting features together in the homeowners landscape to reduce watering, build healthy soil, optimize seasonal conditions, mitigate urban runoff and grow resources. Homeowners are instructed on how to map their home watershed and what water harvesting techniques work best for their terrain. The integrated design process creates a dynamic landscape that incorporates water harvesting features and other site elements to produce a cohesive relationship between humans and nature.

Laundry to Landscape - City Of Folsom

Time: May 9, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Community Center Activities Room, 52 Natoma St. Folsom CA

Cost: Free; only 50 seats available so sign up soon! Register by emailing waterconservation@folsom.ca.us

L2L - learn the basics of installing a laundry to landscape system.

Harvesting Rainwater in Earthworks - City Of Folsom

Time: May 2, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Community Center Activities Room, 52 Natoma St. Folsom CA

Cost: Free; only 50 seats available so sign up soon! Register by emailing waterconservation@folsom.ca.us

Harvesting Rainwater in Earthworks - is the building block of all water harvesting. This workshop consists of teaching different techniques to slow, spread, and sink water into the soil which reduces runoff and urban flooding.  We also cover what to grow in these water harvesting features so that the soils can reach peak efficiency, making moisture available even after rain events.

Harvesting Rainwater in Cisterns and Rain Barrels - City Of Folsom

Time: April 18th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Community Center Activities Room, 52 Natoma St. Folsom CA

Cost: Free; only 50 seats available so sign up soon! Register by emailing waterconservation@folsom.ca.us

Harvesting rainwater using cisterns and rain barrels - informs homeowners on the different styles, sizes, and techniques of rain harvesting and the parts that would be installed in their home. Workshops will outline how to direct downspouts from homeowner's roofs into tanks that can be used as rainwater storage for the dry season. We also touch on using rainwater as potable water by implementing pre and post filtration systems that follow California's laws and regulations.

Gardens Gone Native Tour, Sacramento Valley California Native Plant Society

Time: April 9th, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: All Over Sacramento

Cost: Free. More info click here

This self-guided tour features 23 gardens in Sacramento and Yolo counties. Gardens are comprised of at least 50% California native plants. Registration will begin March 11, 2016. Registrants will receive a link to the garden tour brochure with garden descriptions and maps. Professionally landscaped gardens, homeowner designs, as well as native public gardens will be featured. Attendees can speak with garden hosts and docents about the landscape designs and plants.

Our Maudray Way location will be on display, 3,000 gallon cistern and over 90% native plants in the backyard. This site has harvested well over 15,000 gallons of water this winter

 

SacCreek Week 2016 Celebration

Time: April 9th, 12pm to 2:00pm

Location: Carmichael Park

Cost: Free. More info click here

The Sacramento Area Creeks Council preserves, protects, restores and maintains the natural streams in our urban communities through education, advocacy, financial support and technical expertise. Our goal is to educate the general public on the aesthetic, recreational, educational, and ecological value of our urban creeks.

 

2015

Re-Envisioning Water and Local Foods with Brad Lancaster and Alicia Funk

the Guild Theater Doors open at 5pm

Brad Lancaster and Alicia Funk will highlight native plants used for food and medicine from their respective regions. Raffle Prizes, Book signings and more!

 

Re-Envisioning Sustainability with Brad Lancaster

Sacramento City College  Doors open at 5pm

Come learn from one of the world’s leading water harvesting  experts who will take you from the wasteful path of scarcity to the stewardship path of abundance. Raffle Prizes, Book signings and more!….

 

Ditch your lawn, presented by Department of Water Resources and CNPS

Education Program Offered by California Native Plant Society sponsored by Department of Water Resources

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Location: American River College

Limited to 50 people

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Homeowners, landscapers, urban planners, gardening enthusiasts, and anyone else who would like to learn how to replace their lawn with beautiful, water-saving California native plants are encouraged to attend a workshop.

 

Sac Valley CNPS Native Plant Sale

Time: 10am to 3pm

Location: Sacramento

For more info: click here

In September, SVCNPS has their Fall Plant Sale at McKinley's Shepard Garden & Arts Center in Sacramento. The Plant Sale is both Saturday & Sunday Sept 26 & 27 from 10:00 - 3:00.

 

Rain Barrel Water Harvesting Workshop at Peaceful Valley

Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Peaceful Valley, Grass Valley

Cost: $15

For more info and to register click here

Peaceful Valley and Grow Water would like to invite you to our Rain Barrel workshop. At this workshop you will learn the principles of the “how to” of capturing the rain water off your roof that once drained to the street. You will learn the ins and outs of a barrel system, installation and maintenance.

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop at Peaceful Valley

Date: August 15, 2015

Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Peaceful Valley, Grass Valley

Cost: $15

For more info and to register click here

Peaceful Valley and Grow Water would like to invite you to our Laundry to Landscape workshop. At this workshop you will learn the principles of the “how to” of using your laundry greywater to water your yard and save your plants or trees. You will learn the ins and outs of a L2L system, what to water and not water, what laundry soaps are safe and so much more.

 

Water Wise - Beyond drip irrigation

Date: August 8, 2015

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: Carmichael

Limited to 10 people

Cost: $20

The first part you will get your hands on the parts to construct a system, dig some basins and run the line learning the intimate details of a laundry to landscape system. The last hour you will be taken through a slide show and taught what soaps to use and laws for installing a laundry to landscape system. We're running this workshop in reverse to beat the heat!

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop

Date: August 5, 2015

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: Carmichael

Limited to 10 people

Cost: $20

The first part you will get your hands on the parts to construct a system, dig some basins and run the line learning the intimate details of a laundry to landscape system. The last hour you will be taken through a slide show and taught what soaps to use and laws for installing a laundry to landscape system. We're running this workshop in reverse to beat the heat!

 

Harvest Day at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center at Fair Oaks Park

August 1, 2015

Time: 8am to 2pm

Location: Fair Oaks Park

Join us at Fair Oaks Horticulture Center on Saturday, August 1!  Speakers, demonstrations, educational booths. Taste grapes, ask questions at the plant clinic, tour the gardens and more. Bring your friends and come to the area’s premier one-day educational gardening event!

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop

Date: July 25

Time: 9am to 1pm

Location: Pocket Area

Limited to 10 people, 3 spots left!

Cost: $20

The first hour you will be taken through a slide show and taught the step by step procedure and laws for installing a laundry to landscape system. The second part you will get your hands on the parts to construct a system, dig some basins and run the line learning the intimate details of a laundry to landscape system.

 

Ditch your lawn, Residential landscape conversion workshop for homeowners

Education Program Offered by California Native Plant Society sponsored by Department of Water Resources

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Location: American River College

Limited to 50 people

Cost: FREE

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Homeowners, landscapers, urban planners, gardening enthusiasts, and anyone else who would like to learn how to replace their lawn with beautiful, water-saving California native plants are encouraged to attend a workshop.

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop Sponsored by Rio Linda / Elverta Water District

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: The Depot, Rio LInda, CA

Limited to 40 people, Cost $20 or $10 if you're in the Rio Linda / Elverta Water District

Grow Water, the Rio Linda / Elverta Water District and Rio Linda  Parks and Rec would like to invite you to our Laundry to Landscape workshop. At this workshop you will learn the principles of the “how to” of using your laundry greywater...

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop

10:00am to 2:00pm

Carmichael, CA

The first hour you will be taken through a slide show and taught the step by step procedure and laws for installing a laundry to landscape system. The second part you will get your hands on the parts to construct a system, dig some basins and run the line learning the intimate details of a laundry to landscape system

 

Roseville Greener Gardens DIY and Tour Expo

May 16th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Roseville Utility Exploration Center

Roseville, CA

Come on out and enjoy the day in Roseville with the Greener Gardens DIY Expo. We’ll have our displays there and we’ll be having some fun in the sun! Come say hi, if you’d like to volunteer to help us please email us.

 

Farm Davis Laundry to Landscape Build

May 16th, 10:00am to 2:30pm

Davis, CA

Details: Farm Davis provides food for homeless, half way housing while providing education for children with volunteers. "we are building FARMs as a symbol of needed change."  Participants learn about laundry to landscape basics through a one hour lecture, and then are led through the design and installation of a laundry to landscape system by two or more of our qualified Project Leaders. Small groups will rotate, and all participants learn about the design, plumbing, landscaping, legal parameters, and the materials needed for successful installation.

 

Day on the Farm @ Soil Born Farms

May 17th, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Soil Born Farms

Rancho Cordova, CA

Our spring fund-raiser is a family favorite! Collaborating for the past seven years with our title sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, music, celebrating community and exploring the natural world.

 

Elk Grove Greener Gardens Tour and Expo

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Miwok Park

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Register here: http://www.elkgrovegreenergardens.org/festival

Come on out and enjoy the day in Elk Grove with the Greener Garden Festival. We’ll have our displays there and we’ll be having some fun in the sun! Come say hi, if you’d like to volunteer to help us please email us.

 

Garden Day with the Sacramento Food Bank

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

3333 Third Avenue

Sacramento, CA

3rd annual Garden Day

Stop by SFBFS' Demonstration Garden on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Garden Day, featuring fun, free garden activities for the whole family. www.sacramentofoodbank.org

 

Elk Grove Greener Gardens Tour and Expo

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Miwok Park

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Register here: http://www.elkgrovegreenergardens.org/festival

Come on out and enjoy the day in Elk Grove with the Greener Garden Festival. We’ll have our displays there and we’ll be having some fun in the sun! Come say hi, if you’d like to volunteer to help us please email us.

 

American River College Earth Day

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

American River College

Carmichael, CA

https://green.arc.losrios.edu/save-the-date-earth-day-2015/

Come out and enjoy the day at the ARC Earthday. We’ll have our laundry to landscape board and miniature rain tank set up. Come say hi, if you’d like to volunteer to help us please email us.

 

ECOS Earth Day

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Southside Park

Sacramento, CA

The annual Sacramento Earth Day celebration will be held on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 from 11am to 4pm in Southside Park, Sacramento. Hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), the 2015 Sacramento Earth Day theme is ‘Celebrate. Educate. Motivate.’ ..... Click here for more info

 

Creek Week

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Carmichael Park

Carmichael CA

Be part of an area-wide volunteer effort to improve and enhance our urban waterways. Trash and invasive plant removal and water quality testing all help support a healthy creek system.

You will have a great time and feel great about the work you have done to help protect our environment. creekweek.net

 

Gardens Gone Native Tour

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Maudray Way

Carmichael, CA 95608

Come out to see our demonstration site in Carmichael during the Gardens Gone Native Tour. Homeowners display their yards that have over 60% natives. Map and more details coming soon, can take a look at www.sacvalley.cnps.org. Presented by Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

 

Earthworks / Rain Garden Build

9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Carmichael, CA 95608

To sign up with our new system click here.

Ready to get down and dirty and learn how to plant the water? Join us for a hands on workshop on passive water harvesting earthworks. This is THE primary building block to all water harvesting strategies. These “RESOURSE NETS” not only slow spread and sink rain water, storm run off and greywater they passively harvest mulch and organic mater, enhance fertility and grow vegetation that provides living air conditioning, shade, food, habitat, medicinals and more. In this workshop you will learn to design, size and implement these strategies through lecture and hands on implement.  Donations of $ 40 or more to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory. May 1st we launch our new database and structure. Check back often.

 

Integrated Design Workshop / Earthworks, Rain Gardens Workshop

March 14 and 15, 2015

Times 10am - 2pm

Villanova Dr.

Davis, CA 95608

Ready to get down and dirty and learn how to plant the water? Join us for a two day hands on experiential workshop on passive water harvesting earthworks. This is THE primary building block to all water harvesting strategies. These “RESOURSE NETS” not only slow spread and sink rain water, storm run off and greywater they passively harvest mulch and organic mater, enhance fertility and grow vegetation that provides living air conditioning, shade, food, habitat, medicinals and more. In this workshop you will learn to design, size and implement these strategies through lecture and hands on implement. Donations of $ 40 or more (for both days) to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory.

 

ARCSA 2 Day Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, Davis CA

March 3rd and 4th, 2015

Times 8am - 5pm

Davis, CA 95616

This two day AP-level workshop is an in-depth rainwater-harvesting course required for those seeking ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) status. This course provides attendees with knowledge for rainwater harvesting, both active and passive, design and installation for both outdoor and in-home rainwater use; sanitation for potable uses; rules and regulations, guidelines; business management; project planning; site and installation safety; and system. Restrictions, and system construction and maintenance.

 

Rain Barrel Workshop Sponsored by WELL

February 28th, 2015

Times 10am - 2pm

Oldham Lane

Sacramento, CA 95841

Join the fun, email us to register,

Meetup Link Here

Grow Water and WELL (Water Efficiency on Large Landscapes … An incentive project aimed to encourage water conservation and efficiency on larger landscapes in the American River Basin.) would like to invite you to our rain barrel installation workshop.  Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Rainwater stored in rain barrels has many uses. Some people find it mostly useful for watering their landscapes and gardens. Others find uses within the house as well. Learn from the ground up, building the base where the barrel will sit. How to direct your downspout into the barrel, collecting and storing the water. Donations of $ 20 or more to Grow Water are welcomed, but not mandatory. Learn about the WELL program here

 

Laundry to Landscape Workshop

February 21, 2015

Times 10am - 2pm

Clover Ranch Road

Sacramento, CA

Did you know that laundry use accounts for 20-25% of our household water use? Learn how to turn “waste” water into “resource” water! By reusing this water in the landscape for irrigation purposes, you can cut your potable irrigation use significantly. Laundry to landscape systems are the easiest greywater system to install, and the most flexible.This one day installation workshop will be held at a private residence. Participants learn about laundry to landscape basics through a one hour lecture, and then are led through the design and installation of a laundry to landscape system by two or more of our qualified Project Leaders. Small groups will rotate, and all participants learn about the design, plumbing, landscaping, legal parameters, and the materials needed for successful installation. . Donations of $ 10 or more to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory.

 

Water Wise Gardening Beyond Drip Irrigation @ Soil Born

February 7, 2015

Times 10am - 1pm

Chase Drive

Rancho Cordova, CA

Sorry it's so last minute but Chris Lopez of Grow Water will be teaching a couple workshops on "Water Wise Gardening Beyond Drip Irrigation" at Soil Born Farms (link). Try signing up or being added to the wait-list. Elderberry Farms will be open too!

 

Meet and Greet

January 31, 2015

Times 11am - 3pm

Carmichael, CA 95608

We've come a VERY long way since our first meet n' greet, and there are many faces that we have not seen as yet. We want that to change and see your smiling faces!!  There will be pizza and refreshments, a tour of one of our projects,  a short presentation, and plenty of conversation. We look forward to meeting you all and sincerely hope that most of you can make it.

 

Greywater Installation Workshop

November 22, 2014

Times 10am - 2pm

Sacramento, CA 95841

Join the fun, email us to register,

Meetup Link Here

Did you know that laundry use accounts for 20-25% of our household water use? Learn how to turn “waste” water into “resource” water! By reusing this water in the landscape for irrigation purposes, you can cut your potable irrigation use significantly. Laundry to landscape systems are the easiest greywater system to install, and the most flexible.This one day installation workshop will be held at a private residence. Participants learn about laundry to landscape basics through a one hour lecture, and then are led through the design and installation of a laundry to landscape system by two or more of our qualified Project Leaders. Small groups will rotate, and all participants learn about the design, plumbing, landscaping, legal parameters, and the materials needed for successful installation. . Donations of $ 10 or more to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory.

 

Integrated Design Workshop / Earthworks, Rain Gardens (Images)

November 15, 2014

Times 10am - 2pm

Carmichael, CA 95608

Join the fun, email us to register,

Meetup Link Here

Ready to get down and dirty and learn how to plant the water? Join us for a hands on experiential workshop on passive water harvesting earthworks. This is THE primary building block to all water harvesting strategies. These “RESOURSE NETS” not only slow spread and sink rain water, storm run off and greywater they passively harvest mulch and organic mater, enhance fertility and grow vegetation that provides living air conditioning, shade, food, habitat, medicinals and more. In this workshop you will learn to design, size and implement these strategies through lecture and hands on implement.  Donations of $ 10 or more to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory.

 

Cal EPA American Recycle Days Green Fair

November 13, 2014

Times 10am - 2pm

Downtown Sacramento, CA

 

Integrated Design Workshop / Earthworks, Rain Gardens and Butterfly Way-station (Images)

November 8th and 9th of 2014

Times 9am - 1pm

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Join the fun, email us to register, Meetup Link Here

Come get dirty with a two day, hands on workshop! During this workshop, we are partnering with the California Native Plant Society to restore a small, bare hillside near Soil born Farms' outdoor classroom into an all native, passive water harvesting, butterfly habitat! We will be constructing a brush wier fence, digging berm n' basins on contour ( swales), rain gardens and planting native plants. Co Op members will accrue hours for this workshop, but other volunteers are welcome. Donations of $ 10 or more to GrowWater are welcomed, but not mandatory.

 

Sacramento Food Bank Garden Build (Images and Video)

October 10, 2014

Oak Park

Sacramento, CA

Grow Water will be hosting a free workshop on sunken garden, routing downspouts into a sunken

garden to harvest water for your vegetables and more... Help to create a farm-to-fork landscape for a client of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services! This event is part of the Food Program's Garden Builds project, which helps clients who have completed the Introduction to Gardening series and have a need for assistance in starting their own garden. Volunteers are needed to dig vegetable beds, plant an orchard, build compost bins, and set up irrigation.... click here for more info

 

Cool Davis Festival

October 11, 2014

Central Park

Davis, CA

8am-1pm on Saturday October 11th 2014 in Central Park, Davis... more info.

 

Transcendence Festival 2014

October 3 - 6, 2014

Camp Pollock

467 Del Paso Blvd.

Sacramento, CA

Transcendence Festival will be a community collaboration of music, art, yoga, presentations, and much more.

 

Sacramento Home and Garden Show (video)

September 12th -14th 2014

Sacramento Convention Center

1400 J Street

Sacramento, CA

We'll be sharing a booth with Clearwater Designs. Come back and see what we have to offer.  Click here for more details on the Cal State Shows page.

 

Grey Water Installation Living Lab

September 6th 2014, 10am - 2pm

Chris L’s House

Carmichael, CA 95608

SUCCESSFUL!

 

Global Local

August 29th 2014, 2pm - 7:30pm

McClatchy Park

3500 5th Ave.

Sacramento, CA

Global Local ( Sac Edition) curated by Sol Collective. FREE.All ages. McClatchy Park. 2pm-7:30pm.

A Co-created celebration of Art, Culture, Activism and Healthy Living.

 

WORKSHOP August 9th and 10th of 2014

 

Want to learn how to plant the water? Come join us at Chris’ place Saturday & Sunday and learn how in a barn raising style work party! You will learn how to calculate water harvesting potential, size earthworks, and learn the three key elevations of earthworks that will make or break your design! You will also see a three and a half year old forest garden with various earthworks (basins and swales) as well as ollas and various little known edible perennials adapted to our region. Come ready to work as there will be digging, raking, rock work, mulching and wheelbarrow’ n to be done. Bring gloves, sunscreen, and water bottles and a notebook.

 

 

Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2.0 - SmartWater Festival August 21, 2014

 

In August and it's all about SmartWater. SmartChoices for a SmartCity and you.

 

Water is the source of life. Water makes up over 70% of the planet and the human body. The City of Sacramento has adopted a Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan and globally climate impacts and drought adaptation are topics at the forefront of everyone who depends upon read more......

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