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Rainwater Harvesting 101, Mon Nov 19, 6:30-8:00 PM

Interested in building healthy soil while getting your plants the water they need? In this class get an overview of the concepts, design, and best practices for rainwater harvesting in tanks and in the soil.
Register now.
Location:MacKenzie Park Adult Building, 3200 State St, Santa Barbara 93105
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Parking: Free parking available in adjacent lot
Rainwater Harvesting is especially beneficial in low rain years. Downspouts can be redirected into landscapes, via swales (channels) and mulch basins, to slow, spread, and sink the water. Plants near rain gardens could receive double or triple the water they would have gotten without rainwater harvesting.
This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. Suggested donation: $10/person or $15/couple can be made to Sweetwater Collaborate
Register now or walk-in on the day of the class.

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.

Rainwater Harvesting 101, Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM

Interested in building healthy soil while getting your plants the water they need? Join us for Rainwater Harvesting 101 and get an overview of the concepts, design, and best practices for rainwater harvesting in the soil and in tanks.

Rainwater harvesting, building a healthy soil sponge and carbon sequestration are all strategies that work together and are part of the Sweetwater model. These practices help to build resilience to fires and other climate disruptions in our local community. Rainwater harvesting earthworks can also reduce flooding.

Location: Franklin Neighborhood Center (Multipurpose Room) 1136 E Montecito St Santa Barbara, CA, 93103.
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Parking: Free parking available in adjacent lot. Entrance to Multipurpose Room is from the parking lot.

Register now or walk-in on the day of the class.**

This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. Suggested donation: $10/person or $15/couple can be made to Sweetwater Collaborative.

Rainwater Harvesting is especially beneficial  in low rain years. Downspouts can be redirected into our landscapes, via swales (channels) and mulch basins, to slow, spread, and sink the water. Basins, depressions in the soil that are filled or partially filled with mulch, create a focal point for water to percolate into the soil.  Rainwater harvesting can be done on any landscape-on residential, business, and community property. Plants near on in rain gardens could receive double or triple the water they would have gotten without rainwater harvesting.

**When you register online for a Sweetwater event, we automatically add your email address to receive our occasional e-bulletin of upcoming hands-on workshops and other events.

Fabulous Flow to Feijoas Earthworks workshop, Saturday April 14, 10-3

This workshop involves creating earthworks to irrigate a hedge of young Pineapple Guavas (Feijoas). Feijoas are drought tolerant and can thrive on rainwater with occasional supplemental of municipal water in the hot and dry parts of the year.  It will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Workshop is free to participants but online registration is required. Register here.

This home is near Mission Creek. We want to slow, spread and sink rainwater from the roof, so that is is used in the landscape and will then find its way to the creek through the water table. This will prevent it from rushing down city streets, picking up pollution, before it gets into the creek.

An Alfresco Anapamu Adventure, Sat August 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

 
Help to create a new path for rainwater into a front yard that will become a place of adventure for bees, and butterflies.. This hands-on workshop will be the beginning of the whole landscape transformation into a water wise cottage garden. This workshop is full. you can Register here for the waitlist if you are interested. 
 
We'll redirect rainwater from two downspouts into two mulch basins and create berms, which together will form the foundation of the rain garden to come. The August 13 workshop will focus on the earthworks and downspouts. Later this fall we will have another hands-on workshop to plant the pollinator-friendly native plants. Join us and be part of an outdoor adventure in water wise practices.

 

Rainwater Harvesting 101 class, Tues March 5, 6:30-8:00 PM, Louise Lowry Davis Center, rain or shine

 
Interested in building healthy soil while getting your plants the water they need? Join us for Rainwater Harvesting 101 and get an overview of the concepts, design, and best practices for rainwater harvesting in the soil and in tanks. Register now.

Rainwater harvesting, building a healthy soil sponge and carbon sequestration are all strategies that work together and are part of the Sweetwater model. These practices help to build resilience to fires and other climate disruptions in our local community. Rainwater harvesting earthworks can also reduce flooding.
 
This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program.
 
A Powerpoint of approximately 45 minutes will begin each class with the remainder of the time taken up by individual questions or additional information presented by Sweetwater personnel if there are no particular questions.

A New Paradigm Workshop II Monday May 26, 2014

Sweetwater is breaking out of our pattern of having all of our workshops on Saturday.  It is fitting that we are doing this for a workshop called A New Paradigm II.

 This workshop will take place on Monday, May 26, 2014 from 8:30am-1:30pm at a residence on Foothill Rd.  It should be a memorable day and we'll be done in time to get in some family or friends fun, Bar-B-Q or whatever else you plan.  Register now.

This is the second of two workshops converting a large front lawn to a lush drought tolerant garden.  We'll plant an orange tree and put in many succulents and waterwise plants.  Each plant gets dipped in compost tea before we put them in the ground, and we add more tea before we cover everything up with mulch.

This yard will be accented with decomposed granite either at the end or after the workshop.

Preference will be given in the second New Paradigm workshop to those who have participated in the first. Sign up now for New Paradigm Two (planting) and/or New Paradigm One (carving beautiful curves into the land).

 

 

 

A New Paradigm Workshop 1; Sat May 10, 2014

 

 
This is the first of two workshops converting a lawn to a lush drought tolerant garden. During this workshop, we will carve beautiful curves into the land, creating rainwater harvesting basins and swales. During the second workshop, we will plant, plant, plant.

Come be a part of something bigger-- shape the earth to harvest water to feed native and drought tolerant plants in this foothill home.   By capturing that water where it falls, the homeowners can use it to nurture onsite plants instead of allowing it to run across the urban environment, picking up non-point source pollutants and dumping them into our streams and the ocean.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 from 8:30am-1:30pm to play with the earth and imagine the rain into it.  

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