carbon sequestration

Rainwater Harvesting class at Carpinteria Garden Park Sat Oct 20

Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative will give a talk about Rainwater Harvesting at the Carpinteria Community Garden Park, 4855 5th St, Carpinteria, CA 93013, on Saturday, October 20, from 2:00-3:30 pm. This will be an outdoor talk without a slide show- we will walk around the garden and look at rainwater harvesting practices and opportunities, and Barbara will share some ideas for making rainwater harvesting more productive and efficient in any setting. We will also touch on benefits of rainwater harvesting including increased infiltration of water and carbon sequestration in the soil.

Suggested donation for the class is $10 per person; nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Barbara is bilingual Spanish- English so Spanish speakers are encouraged to attend.

Located at the base of Linden Avenue, the garden is an attractive and abundant space for community members to grow their own produce.   The garden is also an outdoor classroom for Carpinterians of all ages, with lectures, workshops, and public events dedicated to promoting organic gardening, healthy eating, and sustainability. 

See you there and please spread the word!

Water Wise Community Demonstration Sites in the Santa Barbara area

Want to get some idea of what water harvesting looks like? Visit one or more of these community demonstration sites created between 2012 and 2018:

Spencer Adams Park, 1216 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Ocean Friendly Gardens led a series of hands-on workshops to create a dry creekbed fed by rainwater from a nearby roof, alongside a  native garden in an area that had been lawn. Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative helped to create this project that was completed in November 2012.

Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, 1415 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Multiple downspouts are redirected to large basins to collect roof runoff in this garden that flourishes without irrigation most of the year. Wilson Environmental was the contractor. The project included a hands-on workshop that Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative participated in, in September 2013.

Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. A 2500 gal raintank was installed in a hands-on workshop in January 2014 by Sweetwater Collaborative and Watershed Management Group. You can see the tank behind the Facilities building just to the west of the Lifescape Garden. The tank overflow is directed into the garden. Barbara Wishingrad and other Sweetwater Collaborative colleagues helped to create this project. Fred Hunter (one of Sweetwater's instructors) and his Landscape Construction class students enhanced the tank overflow/earthworks in 2017.

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