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Home, Garden & Water Conservation

Cabrillo Extension in collaboration with the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County is offering a series of workshops and classes for home and garden. These classes offer expert instruction on water-saving techniques and conservation principles to help preserve and protect our most valuable resource.  

Collaboration with Soquel Creek Water District, the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Scotts Valley Water District and the City of Watsonville has helped significantly reduce registration fees as noted below.

 

Space is limited in these classes so register early!

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Laundry-to-Landscape Hands-On Installation Workshop

This class gives participants information and a hands-on experience installing a laundry to landscape system, which re-purposes water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Classroom Instruction at the first half of the day will cover code requirements, graywater compatible products and plants, graywater parts and materials identification , calculating irrigation field size and plant water requirements, mulch basin construction, creating a design for your system and maintaining your graywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home complete an installation.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen & a water bottle!

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

Sat., Sept. 26
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25


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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.

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Click HERE to read Nicole's article "How to Have a Lawn Without a Lawn"

Plant Selection and Landscape Design

no lawn

 

Do you want to get rid of your thirsty garden but don't know where to begin? If yes, then this class is for you! We will introduce and explain high-impact, low-water use plants from around the world, how to use them in the correct applications, and how to design or re-design your garden with these hard-working plants. Yes, you can have a gorgeous and colorful garden and still reduce your water use by up to 90%!

Sat., Sept. 12
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25

plus $10 material fee payable at registration.


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Nicole Woodling Douglas is a Santa Cruz-based landscape designer. With double master's degrees in environmental science and a background in art and design, Nicole combines her expertise to create exquisite, water-wise gardens. She is passionate about teaching the community about ecological landscaping and water conservation.

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A-Z of Rainwater Harvesting

rain barrel

 

Rainwater harvesting is a popular alternative for homeowners and gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by collecting rainwater while reducing their water bills. Rainwater can be used to water gardens and for emergency water supply. In this class we will discuss the fundamentals of designing a domestic rainwater harvesting system, how to optimize capture and usage, filtration and distribution. Graywater systems will also be discussed.

 

Sat., October 17
9 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25

 

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Bobby Markowitz - see bio below

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Water Neutral Landscapes - Putting it All Together to See The Big Picture

love garden

Do you want landscaping that is more resilient for today and the climate changes ahead and less dependent on municipal or well water? Here is your opportunity to learn how many of the individual principles used to “design for water” can be integrated with a whole systems approach and a unified plan. This class touches on all of the applications that are covered in our Green Home and Garden series - not in detail, but to address how they may be integrated. Learn how rain water in soil and cisterns, graywater, plants that require less water, pervious surfaces, and gardening and irrigation practices can be integrated into a water neutral landscape.

The class will include a site visit to state-of-the-art examples of these principles.

Sat., Nov. 7
9 am - 3 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.

Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25

 

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Golden Love is a horticulturalist, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor and lifelong avid gardener who has worked in sustainable landscaping for nearly 30 years. He specializes in local landscapes that are “water neutral” and is an expert on rain harvesting and greywater systems.

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Replace Your Lawn! Landscaping Strategies

lawnless yard

If maintaining your lawn has gotten to be too much— too much water, fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides, too much time, too much mowing, or just plain too much bother—then you’ll want to take this class! Learn to use alternative grasses and grass like plants to create beautiful ‘lawns’ that are low care and water-conserving.

In this one-day class, you will be guided, step-by-step, through the entire lawn-replacement process: from initial considerations of cost and difficulty, through selecting the right plants for your site, to soil preparation and planting, and finally, to the required maintenance.


Sat., Oct. 10
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25

 

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Dakotah Bertsch, M.S., is a Landscape Architect & Project Manager. He earned his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in Environmental Studies.  He’s had years of ecological studies, frequent hikes and explorations, and years of working in the field of design, construction, maintenance and restoration of California landscapes.

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Walkways, Pathways and Patios

patios and pathways

Create elegant and environmentally friendly patio or pathway that is also watershed friendly. Help return water to the earth, and save money in the process. In this class you will learn why pervious hard-scapes are important to prevent storm run-off and keep water onsite. We will discuss cost-saving sustainable hardscape materials and what embodied energy is and why it matters. Lecture, hands on and field trip included.


Sun., Oct. 4
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Sept. 14: $20
Register after Sept. 14: $25

 

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Ken Foster has a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz and was an apprentice at the UCSC Farm and Garden. He is a landscape contractor, a certified permaculture designer and the owner of Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping.

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Build Your Dream House

dream house

Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat. Oct. 24
10am - 1 pm
Room 405

Register by Sept. 14: $50
Register after Sept. 14: $58

plus $20 text payable at class

 

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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.

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Landlording Made Easy

If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier landlording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

 

Sat., Oct. 24
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 14: $90
Register after Sept. 14: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


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Kathleen Richards, MBA, MPM, RMP, owner of Portola Property Management, has been a professional property manager for over 10 years. She writes, teaches, and has been an expert witness for court cases as well as serving as President on state and local property management boards.

 

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