FREE Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design Class, Sat. Oct. 22, 10am in Ventura

Don’t miss your opportunity for a Free Ocean Friendly Garden Class coming up this Saturday.

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Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design

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Date:  Sat, October 22, 2016

Time:  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

Location:  Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC, 550 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, 93001)

Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site.  RSVP HERE.

 

Ventura Water’s COOL Summer events & programs: Capture Conservation, Mobile Reuse & Water Wise Incentives

Check out Ventura Water’s SUMMER 2016 events & incentives!  Click on Images to find out more or visit: http://venturawater.net

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FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Sat. November 21, 10:00am

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RSVP for the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class “Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater Reuse,” to be held Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the City’s Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, 93001, RSVP:  CLICK HERE!

For every 1,000 square feet of roof space you can harvest nearly 600 gallons of water from just a 1″ rain event.  And your washing machine puts out enough water to maintain several fruit or nut bearing trees each year.  Learn how to have a lush garden without using potable irrigation. Laura Maher with Eco Restoration Partners, LLC will lead this class.

 

Sign Up Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes this Fall & Winter

waterwiseOct. 10: Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot ~ Healthy soil acts like a sponge, holding onto water and cleaning out pollutions. You can make your own healthy soil by adding homemade compost and mulch. Learn how! Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 Victoria Ave., Ventura

Nov. 21: Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting with Eco Restoration Partners ~ Learn how to have a lush garden without using potable irrigation. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road

Dec. 5:  Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation ~ Learn how to set your timer to meet California mandates during the drought and still keep your landscape alive. Learn what types of add-ons and devices you can use to help improve water efficiency and decrease overall need for potable irrigation water. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road

All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Register for classes here. For more information, call 652-4501.

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Visit:  http://cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, September 2015

Schedule a FREE Tour of the New VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility Today!

VwaterpureLearn how advanced water purification technology is part of Ventura Water’s sustainable future!

The public is invited to sign up for a free, in-depth tour of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility. Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour.

We will also accommodate private groups interested in weekday tours with advanced notice. Please let us know when YOU want a tour! This tour offers a great opportunity for science teachers to bring students on a field trip, for club members to learn something new, and for environmental groups, non-profits, public works employees and others to learn about innovative potable reuse purification technologies.

Please sign up for a tour by clicking here or call (805) 677-4131.

VenturaWaterPure is a pilot project for the City of Ventura, which is investing in safe and sustainable ways to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water. Ventura currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Drive areas. Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of local water sources – a proven, drought–resistant, locally developed and reliable way to be smart about water use!

Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.

RSVP for FREE New Water Wise Gardening Classes!

waterwise-logoIn 2010, the City of Ventura in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation held the   first FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Series which was aimed at informing Ventura Water residents on how they could help promote environmental sustainability in their landscape, conserve local water resources, reduce green waste production, curb water pollution and protect our oceans, as well as save money on their water bill.  The series was so successful, often times with standing room only, that the City took note that residents were keen on learning more about these water wise topics.

To that end, the City has since procured special grants and community partners to help support and promote the free ongoing class series with classes being held once (sometimes more) a month on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except during late summer and the winter holidays, when most residents are unavailable.

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This past August 2015 kicked another new water wise series.  A class overview includes: August 29:How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days” (Navigating the new Water Wise Incentive Program application process and garden retrofit on time), September 12: “Right Plant, Right Place”(Where and how to plant native plants), October 10: “Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot” (Identifying your soil type and how to compost to create a rich soil), October 24: “Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop” (A hands-on workshop using rainwater as a resource), November 21: “Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater Reuse” (How to install a rain barrel and using laundry water instead of drinking water in your garden), December 5: “Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation” (An A to Z opportunity to find out and ask any questions you may have regarding landscape irrigation watering methods and systems as well as how to program irrigation timers).

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class held Saturday, October 12 in Ventura.

Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick talks to a full house at the FREE Water Wise Class

Each class will be presented by an esteemed industry professional with expertise in the area the present.  Attendees also have the opportunity to mix, mingle and network, ask questions and enjoy complimentary refreshments before and after all class presentations.  Informative literature and usable handouts are provided at all classes.  Additionally, when appropriate for class demonstrations, devices are available for hands-on experience.

“Each class in the series is intended to build on the other,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Santos.  “So in essence, it’s a library of information and of resources for the homeowner to use to improve the sustainability of their landscape and the efficiency of their outdoor irrigation system.”

“What’s really wonderful about this series is that the community has really come together, especially since the drought,” continued Santos.  “Many working professionals have donated their time and resources to help educate the public on sustainable practices, and that’s really what it’s all about if were are going to have community sustainability and longevity.”

Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV

WATCH the Sustainable Ventura Interview with Jill Santos about the New Water Wise Series

Class Series List – CLICK links to Register (each will have a link)

August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 – Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot – at Green Thumb (partner for the event)
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class, which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA

For more information, contact: (805) 652-4501

Apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program:

http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram

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Visit:  http://cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses and  http://cityofventura.net/waterwise

REGISTER TODAY for “Right Plant. Right Place” FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, Saturday, Sept. 12

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Ocean Friendly and Native Gardens thrive in Ventura’s Mediterranean sunny climate with low humidity, and near-perfect temperatures averaging in the mid-70s.

However, do you ever get perplexed about what types of plants to purchase for your water wise garden and landscape? Or wonder about where and how to plant and group these florals and trees so that they will thrive and flourish creating a lush backdrop irrigated on natural rainfall?

On Saturday, September 12 from 10:00am to 11:30 am at the City’s Public Works Yard, 336 Sanjon Road in Ventura, Nature By Design’s Lisa Burton will answer these questions and more in an informative lecture followed by a Q&A. Refreshments and informational handouts will also be provided at the event.

These classes are known to be standing room only, and RSVP’s are limited, so reserve your seat today. REGISTER at Eventbrite, CLICK HERE.

For more information, visit: http://cityofventura.net/waterwise or call (805) 652-7526.  Contact:  Jill Santos

 

The New FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Schedule

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REGISTER TODAY for the NEW Water Wise Gardening Classes!  All classes are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Reserve your seat today!

August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

For more information, call (805) 652-4501.

All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA

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Also visit, cityofventura.net/waterwise

Learn How To Use the Watershed-Friendly Approach – MORE FREE CLASSES!

 

headerWaterWiseGardensLearn for FREE how to use the watershed-friendly approach in your garden.  The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays, September-October 2015, at the Ventura County Government Center.  Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and the elimination of the long-term need for irrigation.  You’ll be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!

Workshop One:  Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.Before

Workshop Two:  Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am

Workshop Three:  Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am

Workshop Four:  Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am

Workshop Five:  Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am

For details and registration information visit the link below and navigate to September and October to view the calendar!

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www.watershedwisetraining.com/class-calendar/