Sustainable Solano’s 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.
This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create “Fortune’s Garden”, a demonstration food forest garden in Rio Vista. This yard will show what can be created with an empty yard in a new development to use water wisely while creating an ecosystem.
Lunch will be provided by the homeowner at each workshop. Please bring hats, gloves, reusable water bottle and sunblock.
DAY 1: Saturday, Oct. 5 – Laying the foundation
On the first day of this three-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 Lauren Bennett, owner of Bay Wise Gardens, on how to build a food forest.
Learn about and register for the other workshops related to this garden below:
On Day 2, 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 adds plants to the ecosystem as well as drip irrigation, and is 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.
- 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.
*These workshops are sponsored by the Solano County Water Agency.