This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create a demonstration food forest garden in Benicia, creating an opportunity to learn about rainwater capture, simple greywater systems that reuse household water and how to plant and mulch for a waterwise garden that builds healthy soil and yields food.
Workshops will go from 9:30 am to 4 pm, though work may finish early. (The greywater workshop on Feb. 1 will start at 8:30 am) A light lunch of vegetarian soup and salad is provided by the homeowner. Participants can also bring a side dish to share. Please bring your own bowl and spoon, hats, gloves, reusable water bottle and sunblock.
Below are details on each workshop day. Those who register will be sent the exact Benicia address a few weeks before the workshop.
- DAY 1: Saturday, Jan. 25 – Earthworks and tree planting
Learn how to create swales, which are trenches that capture rainwater in the ground, divert roofwater to those swales, plant trees and lay mulch to protect and build healthy soil.
Register for Day 1 here
- DAY 2: Saturday, Feb. 1 – Greywater
Learn how to install a three-way valve, route used water from the laundry machine out into the landscape and prepare the landscape to receive that greywater. Starts at 8:30 am.
Register for Day 2 here
- DAY 3: Saturday, Feb. 8 – Understory and drip
Learn what plants help your garden thrive by working together as an ecosystem and how to install drip irrigation systems.
Register for Day 3 here
These workshops are funded through the Solano County Water Agency.