Permaculture Starfish Workshop, Friday, May 8, 2015

We'll be starting a Permaculture garden in the front yard of a home on the Westside. Digging two mulch basins designed in the shape of starfish will be the main task of the day. We will also plant two fruit trees.

This is the first in a series of projects for this property on the Westside.  Workshops hosts are interested in edibles, and will be adding two Hugelculture beds after the workshop is completed. Other nitrogen fixers, herbs, and climate friendly plants, especially pollinators will be added next fall before the rainy season. A concrete path was broken up and is being redone with chunks of urbanite inbetween Dymondia. 

In the back yard, one or two greywater systems, more water harvesting, edibles and more climate friendly plants are planned. At this current workshop, the front yard will be our focus. 

Join us on Frirday, May 8,  from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Register here.

Financial Incentives for Hosting Sweetwater workshops installing water-wise features, in Santa Barbara or Carpinteria.

 The City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program and Carpinteria Valley Water District are each providing $600 per project to help cover the costs of Sweetwater organizing and teaching our public hands-on workshops.  Projects need to be completed before July 1, 2015. We will deduct this amount from the regular cost of putting on a workshop, including materials. This financial support is currently only available for city of Santa Barbara or Carpinteria Valley water customers. We are researching ways to subsidize projects in other areas; however, at this time, our workshops are only co-sponsored for these water customers.  

For more information about greywater and laundry to landscape systems, read this article on our website. For more information about rainwater harvesting, read this page on our site.

This rainwater harvesting or greywater workshop financial support is in addition to the Smart Landscape Rebate which is for 50% of materials for such installations, up to $500 (Carp) or $1000 (SB).  Sweetwater can also help you apply for the SL rebate.  

Hands on workshops through Sweetwater Collaborative offer a low cost way to install sustainable systems, with or without the special terms of this co-sponsorship.  Email or call our coordinator, Barbara Wishingrad, for more information on hosting a workshop, even if you don't get your water from the City of Santa Barbara or Carpinteria Valley Water District. Goleta Water District also offers Smart Landscape Rebates. 

Please contact Barbara Wishingrad at or 805-403-4566 with any questions about our co-sponsorship with the City of Santa Barbara, our support from the Carpinteria Valley Water District, or about the application process.

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