Sustainable Solano Brings Edible Food Forest Garden to Rio Vista

Rio Vista residents interested in learning sustainable ways of building and maintaining an edible, water-wise yard will get that chance in a series of three workshops at one Rio Vista residence. This marks the expansion of Sustainable Solano’s Sustainable Backyards program into Rio Vista.

The series of workshops, over three weekends in October, will create “Fortune’s Garden.” The yard will show what can be created from the blank slate of an empty yard in a new development to use water wisely while creating an ecosystem that is both beautiful and functional.

The Sustainable Backyard Program introduces the concept and practice of permaculture to Solano County. Permaculture is a sustainable design system stressing the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the earth. The core of permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all living things.

The program and the series of installations in Rio Vista are made possible by the generous support of the Solano County Water Agency.

Rio Vista Demonstration Food Forest Installation

10 am-4 pm on Oct. 5, 12 and 19

The address will be available to participants upon registering. Lunch will be provided by the homeowner at each workshop. Please bring hats, gloves, reusable water bottle and sunblock. 

For more information and to register, visit SustainableSolano.org/events

(More details and direct registration links included below)

DAY 1: Saturday, Oct. 5 – Laying the Foundation

We will be laying down the foundation of this edible garden: digging on-contour swales, making berms, diverting the roof water and planting trees. Break ground with friends and neighbors and learn how to use water wisely while creating an environment where life-supporting plants thrive. This installation day includes a short lecture from Lauren Bennett, owner of Bay Wise Gardens, on how to build a food forest. 

DAY 2: Saturday, Oct. 12 – Laundry-to-landscape greywater system

Greywater Action will be leading the workshop to teach hands-on how to install a simple laundry-to-landscape system in your own home. You will learn how to install a simple three-way valve in your laundry room, connect the pipe from your washing machine to your landscape, and how to prepare your landscape to receive the greywater. This installation day begins with a lecture about greywater.

DAY 3: Saturday, Oct. 19 – Learn to install a water-efficient in-line drip irrigation system and plants

We will add plants to the ecosystem as well as drip irrigation, and have an opportunity to see a dead, barren backyard transformed into a customized food forest based on permaculture design principles. This installation includes a short lecture from Lauren Bennett, owner of Bay Wise Gardens, on selecting plants and creating a custom design. 

Topics Covered:

  • Planting a community of plants with multiple functions that support a healthy, diverse ecosystem.
  • Surface drip irrigation installation: adding irrigation for young plants and water conservation.
  • Covering the food forest with free woodchips (mulch) to prevent water evaporation and improve soil health.

About Sustainable Solano

Sustainable Solano is a countywide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to “Nurturing Initiatives for the Good of the Whole.” The organization, now in its second decade, brings together programs that support and sustain one another and the Solano County community. Initiatives include sustainable landscaping, local food, resilient neighborhoods, sustaining conversations and community gardens. 

For more information, email info@sustainablesolano.org or visit sustainablesolano.org

Sustainable Solano Offers Classes on Sustainable Landscaping in Dixon

 

Sustainable Solano is expanding its Sustainable Backyards program, which creates waterwise, edible food forest gardens, to Dixon. We welcome coverage of this program and what it will bring to Dixon.

In September, Sustainable Solano is inviting those interested in the program and community members to join us for two informational workshops:

 

Building Sustainable Yards in Dixon

6 – 7 pm, September 19
The Barn & Pantry
125 West A St., Dixon

Are you a Dixon homeowner interested in transforming your yard into a thriving,
edible ecosystem fed by secondary water? Or do you manage a public site that could
benefit from sustainable landscaping for the greater community? We are looking for
a site to install a demonstration food forest in the spring of 2020 that will serve as
an educational resource for local residents to learn about sustainable landscaping
and wise water use through an annual public tour. Come learn about Sustainable
Solano’s Dixon Sustainable Backyard Program at this informative talk about building
a sustainable yard!

For more information and to register for this FREE event, visit sustainablesolano.org/events
Direct link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-sustainable-yards-tickets-70505765643

 

Sustainable Landscaping Class in Dixon

6 – 7 pm, September 26
The Barn & Pantry
125 West A St., Dixon

Learn about sustainable landscaping: beautiful, productive, life-supporting
ecosystems featuring trees and a variety of perennials fed by “secondary water”
(greywater and rainwater). Davis-based lead designer/engineer of Whole System
Designs, Derek Downey, will explore how to make a sustainable yard a reality. This
class is for homeowners interested in replacing their lawns or who would like to
make their current yards resource-wise, but open to anyone interested in
sustainable landscaping techniques.

For more information and to register for this FREE event, visit sustainablesolano.org/events
Direct link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-landscaping-class-tickets-70509486773

 

The Solano Sustainable Backyards program is made possible through the generous support of the Solano County Water Agency.

For more information on the program, contact Sustainable Landscaping Program Manager Nicole Newell at nicole@sustainablesolano.org

For interviews or photos, contact Communications Manager Allison Nagel at allison@sustainablesolano.org

 

About Sustainable Solano
Sustainable Solano is a countywide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to “Nurturing Initiatives for the Good of the Whole.” The organization, now in its second decade, brings together programs that support and sustain one another and the Solano County community. Initiatives include sustainable landscaping, local food, resilient neighborhoods, sustaining conversations and community gardens.
For more information, email info@sustainablesolano.org or visit sustainablesolano.org

Sustainable Solano Seeking Dixon, Rio Vista Residents Interested in Sustainable Edible Gardens

Sustainable Solano is gauging interest in Dixon and Rio Vista for its Sustainable Backyards program, which creates waterwise, edible food forest gardens.

During the month of August, the organization will be assessing the interest in installing food forest gardens at public and private sites. The creation of these gardens serves as hands-on educational workshops for local residents. Community members attend workshops that involve digging rainwater-capturing swales, spreading mulch, installing laundry-to-landscape greywater systems, and planting shade and fruit trees and surrounding guilds of plants that work together to create a healthy, vibrant garden. These workshops help participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to bring these ideas back to their own gardens and neighborhoods.

Dixon or Rio Vista residents who have a private or public site in mind for a garden can fill out the Sustainable Landscaping Interest Form.

The Solano Sustainable Backyards program is made possible through the generous support of the Solano County Water Agency.

 

For more information on the program, contact Sustainable Landscaping Program Manager Nicole Newell at nicole@sustainablesolano.org. For interviews or photos, contact Communications Manager Allison Nagel at allison@sustainablesolano.org.

 

About Sustainable Solano

Sustainable Solano is a countywide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to “Nurturing Initiatives for the Good of the Whole.” The organization, now in its second decade, brings together programs that support and sustain one another and the Solano County community. Initiatives include sustainable landscaping, local food, resilient neighborhoods, sustaining conversations and community gardens. 

For more information, email info@sustainablesolano.org or visit sustainablesolano.org