May 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Nicole Newell

Join us for a live Water Wisdom talk with Lydia Neilsen and Sustainable Solano’s second Virtual Demonstration Food Forest Garden Tour

Join us for a virtual Demonstration Food Forest Garden tour of 2 gardens in Vallejo! Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have reimagined the tour in a way that you can participate from the comfort of your home.

Join us for a live talk with permaculture expert Lydia Neilsen on water management practices and how to design landscapes to absorb water, support vegetation and contribute to the restoration of the global water cycle and climate stability.

Register today and receive a Zoom link to a live informative talk followed by a Q&A session with leading local permaculture expert Lydia Neilsen at 10 am May 30. By Friday May 29, those who register for Lydia’s talk will also receive a link to view her video tour of two Vallejo demonstration food forest gardens that shows what can be done to create edible, waterwise landscapes that support communities and provide habitat.

Lydia Neilsen from Rehydrate the Earth (Permaculture Education, Consultation and Design) and Vital Cycles (a year-long Permaculture Design and Personal Ecology Course co-taught with Anne Freiwald) will be leading this talk. Lydia seeks to understand and respond to the land, both practically and intuitively, prioritizing the infiltration of water into the landscape in conjunction with the planting of trees and other perennial vegetation to moderate local temperatures and restore water cycles. She educates individuals and communities in the creation of stunning regenerative designs including do-it-yourself-scale earthworks for water infiltration, productive water conserving polyculture landscapes, tree guilds, Biodynamics, soil building, greywater and other Earth healing strategies. In addition to Rehydrate the Earth and Vital Cycles, Lydia teaches as part of several Bay Area Permaculture Design Courses and is a certified Permaculture Educator through the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). To learn more about Lydia, click here.

Each demonstration food forest garden is a unique experience: some are compact front yards, others are on a slope, some share space with animals and small children, some are allowed to grow without restriction, while others are more manicured. They all are lush, food–producing gardens that are fed by secondary water sources (laundry-to-landscape greywater and rainwater). We hope they will inspire you with ideas for your own garden!


Saturday, May 30 (10-11:45 am): Permaculture expert Lydia Neilsen will give a live talk on Zoom. You will receive a link in your email confirmation once you register.

Register here!

Lydia Neilsen’s talk and the video tour are part of the Solano Sustainable Backyards program and are made possible by the generous support of the Solano County Water Agency