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:

This Hands-on Workshop will teach you how to utilize the RAINWATER we seasonally receive to design and install a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. Having the knowledge and skill to direct rainwater from your rooftop to your landscape increases your property DROUGHT RESILIENCE.
Rainwater Harvesting Potential:
1 inch of rain on a 1000 square foot surface will yield ~600 gallons of water
This workshop is focused on specific techniques and strategies for implementing a permaculture design and directly relates to our May monthly gathering topic, Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate. You don’t need to have attended the gathering though it will help you better understand the activities of the workshop.
Details of the Workshop:  Sunday, May 24th from 11am to 3pm
Permaculture Project Attendees are Participating In: The use of passively harvested rainwater from the house rooftop to the surrounding landscape which is a forest garden in its initial phases.
We will begin the workshop by walking around the project target area to familiarize attendees with the current design for rooftop rainwater collection. We will briefly go over the components of a rainwater harvesting system, rainwater calculations as well as the design strategies employed for this particular project. We will then ask attendees to calculate the total volume of rainwater given a specific rainfall event. Then to also calculate the volume of rainwater for the particular workshop downspout that will distribute rainwater to the earthworks/storage systems within forest garden.
The rest of the workshop will be hands-on for learning specific techniques to:
  • Connect the downspout to the earthworks for distribution to the landscape
  • Create infiltration trenches and basins (earthworks) based on rainfall volume
  • Ensure level infiltration trenches and basins using an A-frame level
  • Ensure access pathways are protected and easily traversed
  • Protect the soil before, during and after the installation

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
If there is interest we can set up a carpool at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you RSVP.

Please leave your pets at home.

For more information contact Stephanie at or 530-828-6390.

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"Personal independence depends on co-operative human society...only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions." (Bill Mollison)

"Work is the health of love. To last, love must enflesh itself in the materiality of the world - produce food, shelter, warmth or shade, surround itself with careful acts, well made things. " (Berry 1991: 58)

"The more connections we make between the elements of the landscape on which we depend to meet our primary needs, the more sustainable that landscape becomes. " (Hamilton, 1993: 38)

"For waste is not found in nature — it’s strictly a human concept, a result of our own ignorance." (Joseph Jenkins Humanure Handbook rev.edition1999)

Permaculture (and related) Books

  • 'A Pattern Language' Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
  • 'All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!' Mel Bartholomew
  • 'Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature' Janine M. Benyus
  • 'Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil' Andy Lee, Pat Foreman
  • 'Ecological Design' Sim Van der Ryn
  • 'Edible Forest Gardens' David Jacke and Eric Toensmeier
  • 'Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods' Thomas Elias
  • 'Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community' Heather Coburn Flores
  • 'Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape' Robert A. de J. Hart
  • 'Gaia's Garden' Toby Hemenway
  • 'Gardening for the Future of the Earth' Howard-Yana Shapiro
  • 'Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making' Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield
  • 'How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine' John Jeavons
  • 'Introduction to Permaculture' Bill Mollison
  • 'One-straw Revolution: Introduction to Natural Farming' Masanobu Fukoka
  • 'Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles' Eric Toensmeier
  • 'Permaculture A Designer's Manual' Bill Mollison
  • 'Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition' Bill Mollison
  • 'Permaculture One: A Perennial Agricultural System for Human Settlements' B. C. Mollison
  • 'Permaculture Two' B. Mollison
  • 'Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability' David Holmgren
  • 'Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (& Beyond) volumes 1, 2 & 3' Brad Lancaster
  • 'Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables' Mike Bubel
  • 'Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners' Ernest Ashworth
  • 'Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners' Sepp Holzer
  • 'The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden' Kim Flottum
  • 'The Beekeeper's Handbook, Third Edition' Diana Sammataro
  • 'The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book' Carla Emery
  • 'The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants' Samuel Thayer
  • 'The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual' James Green
  • 'The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition' Joseph Jenkins
  • 'The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains' Art Ludwig
  • 'Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture' John Smith
  • 'Water For Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan' P. A. Yeomans
  • 'Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks' Art Ludwig