March 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Dixon CA
Nicole Newell


This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create “Pollinators Paradise,” a demonstration food forest garden in Dixon, creating an opportunity to learn about rainwater capture and how to plant and mulch for a waterwise garden that builds healthy soil and yields food.
Workshops will go from 10 am to 4 pm, though work may finish early. A light lunch is provided by the homeowner. Please bring your own dish and spoon, hats, gloves, reusable water bottle and sunblock.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, we are planning special safety precautions for this event (see our statement on COVID-19 cancellations here).
• We will cap all workshop registration to keep the numbers below 40 people. This may mean more people are put onto waiting lists so we can allow adequate space.
• We will ensure access to soap and water and encourage frequent handwashing among attendees at all events. Paper towels will be available for hand-drying. Where possible, we will also make hand sanitizer available as an added precaution.
• We ask that any participants who are sick do not attend and release their registration to those on the waiting list. If you are not comfortable about attending an event for any reason, make the choice that is right for you and your circumstances.
• Participants share Sustainable Solano tools on-site, so we encourage you to bring your own tools and gloves if you do not wish to share. We will work to disinfect tool handles and gloves between workshops.

DAY 1: Sunday, March 29 – Earthworks and tree planting
On the first day of this two-day workshop, 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 Derek Downey, co-owner of Whole System Designs, on how to build a food forest.

Register for Day 1 here!

DAY 2: Saturday, April 4 – Understory and drip irrigation

Day 2 adds plants to the ecosystem as well as drip irrigation, and is an opportunity to see a yard transformed into a customized food forest based on permaculture design principles.

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.

Register for Day 2 here!

These workshops are funded through the Solano County Water Agency.