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Friday, May 8, 2015

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation Workshop

Part of our Fair Share is our volunteer time organizing the Chico Permaculture Guild. We facilitate monthly gatherings and seasonal workshops as well as participate in local events and other outreach efforts to help our community learn more about permaculture.

A timely workshop that Brian and I are teaching is coming up this month and it's focus is all about rooftop rainwater harvesting. We'll be teaching this workshop at our own property as part of our forest garden development. This workshop is FREE for the community to attend.

All the details are here:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5th Annual Spring Seed Swap


Sunday, March 16th from 2-6pm

Chico Grange Hall, 2775 Nord Ave, Chico, CA

  • Over 8 tables of seed to exchange ‘Potluck’ Style
  • Speaker Presentations
  • Seed Saving Education
  • Seeds & Plants for Sale
  • Community Non-Profits
  • Food & Drinks for sale by Chico Natural Foods
  • Activities for all ages
Seed Saving 101: a focus on drought tolerant crops -with Kalan Redwood of Redwood Seeds: www.redwoodseeds.net
Water Panel: rainwater harvesting earthworks, rain barrels and greywater systems -with Stephanie & Brian Ladwig-Cooper, Nani Teves and Stephanie & Tim Elliott
Seed Stories: open forum on the beauty and importance of seed -lead by Joan Bosque

WHAT TO BRING ~ you do not need seeds to attend, please label your seed and plants ~

  • Seeds, bulbs, plants, cuttings and more to exchange
  • Used envelopes/containers and pens/pencils


  • Sherri Scott (GRUB Education Program) 342-3376 sherri@grubchico.org
  • Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper (Chico Permaculture Guild) 828-6390 modcpg@gmail.com
More information can be found on the Chico Permaculture Guild website here. You can also join the Facebook event here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Practical Tips for Conserving Water in the Landscape

Reducing outdoor water use on a residential scale is absolutely necessary during times of drought but is really something that we need to do consistently in the Mediterranean climate we live in here in California. Here are a few more tips to add to the article 'Save our water! Tips for conserving water outdoors' in the Chico News and Review January 30, 2014 issue:

  1. Reduce/remove your lawn by sheet mulching
  2. Plant perennials instead of annuals
  3. Boost the soil food web living in your soil
  4. Install a clothes washer greywater system
  5. Harvest rainwater