StopWaste Environmental Educator Training
Ongoing Outreach Project
Conceive and partner on a lawn to garden conversion project to teach friends, family and acquaintances about sheet mulching. Project must take place in Alameda County.
Class 1. Introduction and Potluck - The Wasteshed, Watershed, Foodshed
Course overview and requirements; introduction to staff and class members; looking at the connection between watersheds, wastesheds and foodsheds and the collective impact from California landscapes; an overview of successful community projects.
Class 2. Sheet Mulch Field Class
Hands-on dissection of every sheet mulching step including assessing the site, trenching, retrofitting sprinklers, sheet mulching process, planting strategies - everything from prep to planting.
Class 3. Science of Sheet Mulching
Nitty gritty on soil, compost and mulch. Digging deeper into the science and best practices of these materials. Creating your own ‘sheet mulch in a glass’.
Class 4. Presentation Basics
Tips for effective presentations and working with the public; practice presenting a portion of the sheet mulch agenda; preparing for your project.
Class 5. Sheet Mulch Nitty Gritty - Maintenance and Troubleshooting - Field Class
Design, irrigation and maintenance considerations at a converted lawn site; troubleshooting tips; review of sheet mulch basics in a mock game show.
Class 6. Sharing Project Successes and Graduation
Sharing student sheet mulch projects; books, materials, resources and local programs to help with future projects; graduation ceremony.