Swales Workshop at Old Vineyard

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Swales Workshop at Old Vineyard

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Even with this severe drought, the realization is dawning that we don’t have a water shortage issue as much as a water storage issue. Sonoma County received over 23″ of rainfall this year, but how can we make it last through the year? Urban and suburban areas are traditionally designed to shed most of our precious rainwater from the landscape as quickly as possible through a system of pavement and pipes, which causes water pollution and leaves the landscape deeply parched. However, there are simple ways to redesign your landscape to allow water to slow, spread, and sink into the ground, re-hydrating your property and cutting your irrigation needs significantly. While many people think only of tanks or cisterns when it comes to rainwater harvesting, the most affordable and effective way to store rainwater is actually in the ground. There is potential to save hundreds of gallons for every inch of rainfall!

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively store water on your property by creating “swales,” which enhance the topography of your site to encourage controlled infiltration of rainwater. Swales keep your landscape looking lush well into the dry season and can fit into any property, no matter how large or small. We’ll focus on affordable, low-tech rainwater storage solutions at the home and suburban scale, doable as a DIY project by the average homeowner.

The workshop will start with a presentation on various types of rainwater harvesting methods, including on-contour infiltration basins, basin and berm systems, and rain gardens. Then we’ll learn how to build an A-frame, which is the simplest tool to design your own swales. Then we’ll get some practice with making design decisions. We’ll finish up by touring the new swales at the future Old Vineyard Water-Wise Demonstration Garden.

After designing your swales, the next step in creating your water-wise oasis is “sheet mulching,” which allows you to compost your lawn in place under thick layers of compost, cardboard and mulch.To learn how, check out the next workshop in this series which will be the following month, November 24th.

If you want to meet community members while learning how to transform your own lawn into a drought-busting oasis, these workshops are for you! We hope you’ll come out and be part of this groundbreaking opportunity to create a new norm in California’s suburban neighborhoods. Let’s help our community rise above and beyond the 25% water use reduction mandate!

After registration, please keep an eye out for an email with updates closer to the date. We look forward to seeing you there! Scrumptious refreshments will be provided but please bring a lunch and water bottle.

When:   Saturday, November 10th | 10am – 12pm
Where: Old Vineyard Garden | Corner of Pinot Noir Way and Decanter Circle, Windsor
Cost:     Free thanks to the Town of Windsor!
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November 10, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Old Vineyard Garden
Corner of Pinot Noir Way and Decanter Circle
Windsor, CA 95492 United States
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