Greywater- It's Berry Nice! L2L installation workshop, Sat Feb 20 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

We planted a berry nice yard in January and it needs a steady source of water to grow well and be productive. Laundry greywater is the answer! Help us bring the water to the plants.  Register now

This workshop will take place in north Goleta, near Girsch Park. Once you sign up, we'll send you the exact address.

We will install a laundry to landscape greywater system starting at a high efficiency front loading washer that's in the garage right next to the front yard. We'll take the piping to the four blueberries, three blackberries, three raspberries, pineapple guava, Fuyu persimmon, and Brown Turkey Fig that we planted a couple of weeks ago.

 tree planting at a greywater workshop

     This will be a learning through doing workshop, with additional educational points reviewed during the break and lunch. If you want to learn more about greywater before the workshop, please see and

We also encourage you to attend one or more of our monthly lecture/classes on greywater to get answers to general questions or specifics not related to the workshop installation that we don't have time to cover during our hands-on workshops.  The fee for these classes is just $10 per person.  Our next Greywater 101 class will take place on Thursday, February 18, just two days before this workshop. It will be from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Goleta Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, in the Dining Hall.

Join us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10:000am-3:00pm Be part of nourishing our berry nice food forest with fresh washer greywater.  Register now.

Greywater 101 class, Thursday, February 18, 7- 8:30pm, Goleta Community Center

Sweetwater is offering a basic class in Greywater Design and Installation for anyone in the community who is interested. This class includes a short Powerpoint presentation, playing or watching the Greywater Puzzle game, and considering individual questions about specific properties and their unique characterisitcs and challenges.  Get the answers we don't have time to go into in depth at our hands-on workshops.  

Laundry to landscape installations will be highlighted although other greywater possibilities will be discussed. A variety of options for design and installation and financial incentives will also be shared. We will discuss the Showers to Flowers model and the recent change in permitting requirements for shower and bathroom sink greywater in the unincorporated Goleta Valley, and show some examples of branched drain systems.

Suggested donation $10 per person or $15 a couple. Please pay with cash or by check at the door.

Class will be held at the Goleta Community Center, 5679 Hollister, Goleta, CA 93117 This class is co-sponsored by the Goleta Water District and the City of Goleta.

Please contact barbara wishingrad at or 805-403-4566 for more information.

Little Creekbed, Big Mountain, Many Plants Workshop, Sat Feb 27, 10am-3pm

Tucked into a hillside behind the Botanic Garden, our workshop hosts' home was rebuilt after the Jesusita Fire. We'll help with new landscaping to prevent erosion and run-off while creating peace and beauty- a delightful little creekbed next to a big mountain (OK it's a hill...)  Register Now.

There'll be lots of different tasks in this workshop-- we'll carve a creekbed, lay rock accents along it, and fill all sides with drought tolerant grasses and shrubs.  The planting scheme is a blend of shapes and colors; we'll be creating beauty as well as utility.

Foundation digging of the creekbed will be done ahead of time, so workshop participants can focus on fine tuning the earthworks, rock work, and planting.  Register now to secure your spot!

This will be a learning through doing workshop, with additional educational points reviewed during the break and lunch. If you want to learn more about rainwater harvesting in the soil, please come to our Rainwater Harvesting 101 class on Thursday, March 3 from 7:00-8:30PM at the Goleta Community Center- just a few days after this workshop!  Check our website for more details about the class.

See you on Saturday, February 27 for a delightful day in the foothills of Santa Barbara, making beauty happen, together.

Rainwater Harvesting 101 class, Thurs March 3, 2016, 7-8:30 PM, Goleta Community Center

This a great way to get a strong overview of the concepts and possibilities for rainwater harvesting in the soil or tanks. We encourage you to attend one or more of our monthly lecture/classes on rainwater harvesting to get answers to general questions or specifics not related to workshop installation that we don't have time to cover during our hands-on workshops.  We also encourage potential workshops hosts to attend.
What is rainwater harvesting and how can it help us in both drought and deluge?
"Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls.  By harvesting rainwater on the land within the soil and vegetation, or in cisterns that will later irrigate the land, it is possible to control erosion, reduce flooding, and minimize water pollution.  This practice is enormously beneficial in a world with a finite supply of fresh water that is becoming increasingly polluted.
You can collect 600 gallons of water from a 1000 sq ft roof in a 1” storm. It's beneficial even in low rain years. If we had harvested rainwater off that roof over the course of our 9 inch rainy season in Goleta last year, we could have collected 5400 gallons of water! This can be redirected into our landscapes from our downspouts, via swales (channels) and mulch basins, to slow, spread, and sink the water. Basins, depressions in the soil that are filled or partially filled with mulch, create a focal point for water to percolate into the soil, creating a biologically rich sponge that is a perfect medium for nurturing drought tolerant and other plants.  Rainwater harvesting can be done on any landscape-on residential, business, and community property. 

Learn more! Come to Sweetwater's Rainwater harvesting 101 class!

A Powerpoint of approximately 45 minutes will begin each class with the remainder of the time taken up by individual questions or additional information presented by Sweetwater personnel if there are no particular questions.

The fee for these classes is just $10 per person, payable in cash or check at the door.
Our next Rainwater Harvesting 101 class will be Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 7:00-8:30PM at the Goleta Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117..
Hope to see you there! 
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