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Cabrillo Extension


Green, Home and Garden Classes

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!

Space is limited in these classes so register early!

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Design and Build Water Neutral Landscaping

love garden

Do you want landscaping that is less dependent on municipal or well water, and more resilient for today and the climate changes ahead? Here is your opportunity to learn “designing for water” principles and apply them on your property. Learn a whole systems approach to landscape design that synthesizes resources available with a unified plan that stores rain water in soil and cisterns, harvests abundant greywater, chooses plants that require less water, and applies gardening and irrigation practices to reduce inputs. The class will tour state-of-the-art examples of these principles and offer hands-on experiences.

Sat., July 11
9 am - 3 pm
Room: 714

Register by June 8: $20
Register after after June 8: $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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A-Z of Rainwater Harvesting

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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., June 27
10 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 714
Register by June 8: $20
Register after after June 8: $25

 

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Bobby Markowitz - see bio below

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Graywater: Laundry to Landscape Irrigation System

This class gives participants information on repurposing water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Participants will learn about current plumbing code standards, gray water compliant products, irrigation techniques, system design, installation, materials and tools required to complete their own residential system.

Sat., June 13
10 am - 3 pm

Room: 711
Register by June 8: $20
Register after after June 8: $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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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., March 21
10am - 1 pm
Room 435

Register by Feb. 23: $50
Register after Feb. 23: $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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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., April 25
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 711
Register by Feb 23: $20
Register after after Feb 23: $25

 

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Sat., August 1
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 714
Register by June 8: $20
Register after after June 8: $25

 

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Bobby Markowitz is a licensed landscape architect specializing in rainwater harvesting design. His passion about rainwater harvesting has come out of his 30 years experience in landscaping, from his own organic garden and concern for the environment.

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Organic Vegetable Gardening

spring veg gard

Would you like to grow or start an organic vegetable garden this spring or summer? Learn to plan a vegetable garden, prepare your soil using compost and organic amendments, plan irrigation, plant appropriate vegetables for spring and our coming summer, and manage pests in an environmentally friendly way. Start your vegetable garden now and be eating the fruits of your labor in just a few months!

2 Sat., April. 4 & 11
1 - 4 pm
Room: 711
Register by Feb. 23: $85
Register after after Feb. 23: $92

 

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2 Sat., July 18 & 25
1 - 4 pm
Room: 711
Register by June 8: $85
Register after after June 8: $92

 

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Ken Foster - see bio below

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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.

2 Sat., May 16 & 23
1 - 4 pm
Room: 711
Register by Feb 23: $20
Register after after Feb 23: $25

 

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2 Sat., August 8 & 15
1 - 4 pm
Room: 711
Register by June 8: $20
Register after after June 8: $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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