We encourage you to check out the upcoming events in our Healthy Soils Series, which showcases some of the practices used by our local farm partners. The Series includes our Healthy Soils and Backyard Composting webinars, and a film screening of Symphony of the Soil followed by a discussion about carbon farming. Thanks and look forward to seeing you!
Healthy Soils Webinars
Join us in this interactive webinar that highlights the importance of building healthy soil! StopWaste educators Lori Caldwell and Trevor Probert will provide guidance and tools to help build and assess your soil health, including activities that gardeners can take home and use to learn more about their own soil. Come learn how gardeners growing healthy soil can also play a major role in addressing climate change through “carbon farming.” We will also share some exciting lessons learned from Fremont LEAF’s soil. Question and Answer opportunities are built in throughout the webinar.
This is a free, public webinar co-hosted by StopWaste and Fremont LEAF. There is a 100-person limit to the webinar, and this will be a first-come, first-served event (at the time of logging into the webinar). The webinar will be recorded, posted, and shared with all participants in case you miss the event.
Compost is gardening gold, and you can learn how to make it in your own backyard in this virtual workshop. StopWaste educators, Lori Caldwell and Jeannie Pham, will share all the basics, including how to build a pile, troubleshoot, and harvest. We will also explore the best uses of finished compost.
This is a free, public webinar hosted by StopWaste. There is a 100-person limit to the webinar, and this will be a first-come, first-served event (at the time of logging into the webinar). The webinar will be recorded, posted, and shared with all participants in case you miss the event.
Join us in this screening of the film “Symphony of the Soil” and a short, follow-up discussion on carbon farming in home gardens. The film is created by Deborah Koons Garcia and Lily Films Studio. Symphony of the Soil Beautifully illustrates the complex life that exists in healthy soil ecosystems, the role that carbon plays in soil health, and how institutions, farmers and gardeners impact this soil ecosystem. Following the film, we will discuss findings from local urban farms in Alameda County on the impacts of carbon farming practices on soil health and climate change.
This is a free, public webinar hosted by StopWaste and Eden Garden Club. There is a 100-person limit to the webinar, and this will be a first-come, first-served event (at the time of logging into the webinar). The discussion (not the film) will be recorded, posted, and shared with all participants in case you miss the event.
In addition to saving water, water-wise gardens increase biodiversity, improve soil health, reduce the need for pesticides, and reduce carbon emissions through less maintenance requirements compared to a conventional lawn. In this webinar, EBMUD Water Conservation Representatives Jolene Bertetto and Kristin Bowman will go over the key principals of water-wise gardening including sheet mulching, plant selection, and irrigation concepts. They will also share EBMUD resources to help you get started on losing your lawn and creating your dream garden.
Pests are an unfortunate, but manageable part of the gardening experience. In this class, Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting will show participants easy and budget-friendly non-toxic pest control techniques to help tackle and prevent typical garden pests.
Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.
This is part three of a four-part series. Sign up for any or all of the classes!
Did you know fall is the ideal time to plant in California? Winter rains help plants get established, leading to eye-catching blooms in the spring!
In this webinar, EBMUD Water Conservation Representative, Jessica Woodard and California Native Plant Society Horticultural Outreach Manager, Ann Marie Benz will discuss the benefits of native plants and plant design considerations such as texture, color, shape and size. A variety of plant lists and design tools will be introduced to help gardeners create a beautiful garden that saves water, and supports birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
Research shows people are highly influenced by their neighbors, which means your garden may have a ripple effect and you may end up with a street full of beautiful gardens!
Efficient irrigation saves water while still supporting healthy plants and landscapes. In this webinar, Water Conservation Representative Lindsay Edelman will walk you through how to conduct a home irrigation audit, identifying common mistakes, solutions, and irrigation equipment upgrades eligible for rebates from EBMUD. Water Conservation Supervisor Charles Bohlig will also demo how to convert from overhead spray to drip irrigation and share challenges and successes from his experience with installing drip irrigation at his home.
Do you get stumped on which are the best plants to plant together?
At the next EBMUD Landscape Advisory Committee webinar on October 5, 2020, Andrea Williams, Director of Plant Science with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), will present on CNPS’s ecological approach to plant recommendations. CNPS has deepened its focus on creating science-based native plant assemblages appropriate for gardens and large landscaped areas. Utilizing Jepson’s subregions, CNPS is developing plant community lists for landscaped areas that support pollinators year-round, host beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife, and conserve water. These specific plant assemblages can greatly improve the health of a wide variety of habitats across the state.
Andrea has 20 years of experience in science-based public lands management, monitoring rare plants and plant communities, conducting project compliance surveys, mapping and removing invasive plants, and responding to threats such as Phytophthora, climate change, and altered disturbance regimes. Before starting at CNPS, Andrea worked as a Vegetation Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District and assisted FireSafe Marin on plant list recommendations. This interactive webinar will include Q/A session, and updates on EBMUD’s water supply and Water Conservation Division programs and projects.
Event qualifies for CEU's from Irrigation Association, AWWA, ReScape CA, Master Gardeners, and QWEL.
Learn how to convert your own washing machine into a water-saving laundry-to-landscape graywater system. This type of graywater system is low cost, does not require a permit, and is great for irrigating trees, bushes, and perennials. This workshop will be led by East Bay Municipal Utility District Representative Anya Kamenskaya and Greywater Action Founder, Laura Allen.
There is nothing more satisfying than eating food from your own garden. Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting, will cover topics that include crop rotation, seeds vs. starts, soil fertility, and plant succession, transplanting seedlings, watering /irrigation and the best crops for your garden. Emphasis on reuse materials will also be discussed.
Lori Caldwell, is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.
This is part four of a four-part series. Sign up for any or all of the classes!