Carpinteria Valley Water District Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Garden- Earthworks Workshop Saturday September 10

Sweetwater Collaborative will lead the effort to put in a rainwater harvesting demonstration garden at the Carpinteria Valley Water District this fall. We will start with a community hands-on workshop creating the earthworks for this project, on Saturday, September 10, 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Register now

Come be a part of something bigger, shape the earth to harvest water to build rich soil and nourish a water wise garden, at the Carpinteria Valley Water District offices.   Water that falls on the roofs near the front of the offices, on Santa Ynez Ave, will be directed from downspouts into channels and basins that will form the foundation of a beautiful rain garden.

This workshop is free to participants; we ask that you sign up online so we have a good head count. Snacks, a light lunch, drinks, and many tools will be provided. Please bring your pointed shovels, picks and trowels to help with the effort.  This will be a social work party that you'll walk away from with ideas and some real skills to implement in your own landscape. Register now

Many hands make light work           Shaping a basin

Sweet Water Wise Walking Tour, Sat Oct 1, 2016, 3:00-6:00 PM


We are having another Sweet Water Wise Walking Tour, this time on the Lower Riviera/Eastside on Saturday October 1, 2016, from 3:00-6:00 PM. Water-wise features include two rain gardens, a 265 gal. Slimline raintank, a laundry greywater system, sheet mulching, soil building, a branched drain greywater system, more extensive rain tanks, and native plant guilds.   We'll also see water wise garden beds, drought tolerant terraced gardens, and a flagstone patio and paths.  At our final stop on the tour, we'll enjoy a wine and cheese while relaxing in the landscape.

tank overflow to a terraced garden just planted native garden flagstone path crosses our creek bed

Tickets can be purchased at the following prices:

Individual        - $15          

Couple             - $25          

Student/Youth (18 or under) - $10           


Click on the "Donate" button on the left sidebar on any page of our website to pay by Paypal, or send a check to:

Sweetwater Collaborative, PO Box 134, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102.

Please include your name(s) and an email address when mailing a check. 

You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and some additional information about the tour, including starting address.  Please arrive promptly, as we have a lot of wonderful projects to see!

$2 per person per event will be added to tickets purchased in the 24 hours before the start of the tour, or at the tour itself. 

Looking forward to sharing our good work with the community! See you there!


 Volunteers needed for our Walking tour--support the Sweetwater community and earn barn raising hours for a project at your home.

We need people to check in attendees, keep the group on track from house to house, help serve at our wine and cheese, clean up, and more.  Please contact Barbara Wishingrad at or 805-403-4566 to sign up.  We appreciate your willingness to serve.  We'll have fun!

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