Fairfield Sustainable Backyard

Food Forest Keepers: Shelter Inc.

Shelter Inc. aims to prevent and end homelessness for low-income, homeless, and disadvantaged families and individuals by providing housing, services, support, and resources that lead to self-sufficiency. This partnership began with a shared vision for creating better access to healthier, more nutritious food options for resident guests, educational opportunities and job skill training to encourage independent sustainable living practices for residents transitioning back into the community. The garden will provide opportunities to learn about permaculture, growing food and wise water use in the garden.


Site Details

Installation Date:

December 2017


1,300 square feet

Sun Exposure:

6-8 hours



Number of Swales:


Secondary Water:


Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater System

Roofwater Diverted to Swales

Total annual water impact:

57,960 gallons



Designer: Kathleen Huffman

Plant List:

Babcock Peach, Blenheim Apricot, Craigs Crimson Cherry, Fuyu Persimmon, Gala Apple, Kumquat, Meyer Lemon, Nectarine Fantasia, Orange Washington Navel, Parfianka Pomegranate, Pineapple Guava
Autumn Sage, California Lilac, Cleveland Sage, Lavender, Manzanita, Mexican Bush Sage, Rose, Thornless Boysenberry
Artichoke, Chives, Collards, Swiss Chard,
Alpine Strawberry, Nasturtium, Pot Marigold
Daffodils, Garlic


Crimson Grape


In December of 2017, Sustainable Solano expanded its mission to promote environmental, economic, and socially just communities by installing this edible, permaculture garden fed by secondary water sources (laundry-to-landscape greywater system and diverted roofwater). Through numerous hands-on workshops, community members and shelter residents worked hard to plant trees and edible plants, dig swales and install a laundry-to-landscape greywater system to create a beautiful, thriving landscape fed by secondary water.

Vision for the Future:

Long-term benefits of this project will include soil and soul restoration, water and energy conservation and groundwater recharge. This garden will continue to expand on our vision for sustainable food sources and clean air through continuing community partnerships. In the winter of 2018, we will launch the Urban Forest program that will include the planting of up to 60 carbon-sequestering trees across the shelter’s 3.5 acre campus. This urban forest planting project will serve as a living lab for Solano County residents to learn about sustainable landscaping and secondary water use and provide job training for shelter residents.

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