We are open regular business hours on Monday, January 16 so if you need anything we will be here. Have a wonderful holiday!
This year all Winter Pro Classes will be held at the Mill Valley Community Center. It’s centrally located with plenty of free parking and warm, comfortable classrooms. Classes will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Get out of the cold and rain and have a hot slice of pizza while improving your knowledge on these interesting topics: Thursday, January 19-6:30 pm Sustainable Stormwater Solutions–Learn how to design rain gardens, swales & rainwater harvesting systems to retain precious water on-site. Thursday, February 2-6:30 pm WELO- The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance-Understand products and practices that comply with the Ordinance. Learn about: efficient irrigation, new requirements for soil and mulch, a widening list of plant material, new reporting requirements, a prescriptive option for landscapes under 2500 square feet, and a more holistic watershed approach. Thursday, February 16-6:30 pm New Product Safari-We travel to trade shows all over the world to find things that make your job easier and the landscape more sustainable. See what we’ve brought back for you this season. Thursday, March 9-6:30 pm Irrigation Troubleshooting-Learn how to identify and solve timer, wire, and valve problems using volt/ohm meters. Mastering these essential skillsand tricks of the trade will make future service calls a profitable pleasure! Classes fill up fast so register now.
Don’t let good water go to waste! Divert laundry water to your garden. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is offering discounted laundry-tolandscape (L2L) graywater kits to divert your clothes washer water into your garden. For about $65, participants in the L2L Graywater Program will receive a discounted graywater kit (valued at $175) and the components necessary to install a laundry-to-landscape graywater system. Participants in the L2L Graywater Program will also receive: • A copy of the San Francisco Graywater Design Manual for Outdoor Irrigation, a comprehensive guidebook on designing, installing, and maintaining your L2L graywater system. • A mandatory training workshop to review the installation guidelines for L2L graywater systems. • Optional in-home consultation by a graywater expert to answer questions about your site-specific installation. • Access to a free toolbox rental with the DIY tools necessary to install the graywater system. Participants must be a SFPUC water service customer and reside in a single-family or two-unit residential building. The clothes washer must be at or above the landscape grade and the and the garden must be flat or down-sloping from the location of the clothes washer.
Don’t let good water go to waste! Capture and use rainwater in your garden. Through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Rainwater Harvesting Program, residents, businesses and schools can receive generous discounts on rain barrels and cisterns. Participants in the Rainwater Harvesting Program will receive either: • A $100 discount off the purchase of a pre-approved rain barrel, ranging from 45 to 60 gallons (limit 2 per customer). Each rain barrel includes a hose bib, overflow hose, and a connecting valve to join multiple barrels. Discounted downspout diverter kits are also available. OR •A $350 discount off the purchase of a cistern, ranging from 130 to 750 gallons (limit 1 per customer).If you need to disconnect your downspout from the sewer system to install your rainbarrel or cistern, a plumbing permit is required from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. The SFPUC is also offering a rebate up to $225 toward the cost of your permit fee. Information and application below.
Product Description Every gardener knows that a successful growing season requires a lot of water. However, with droughts hitting numerous parts of the United States, meeting those water demands to ensure that a garden is productive and flowers are flourishing can be a costly operation. The Rain Barrel provides an easy way to collect, store, and irrigate with the free water running off of your roof. NOW IN STOCK! Product Details – Extra large 60-gallon capacity – Manufactured in the USA with recycled material – Lid with locking feature for safety – Sealed system keeps out mosquitoes, pests and sunlight – Quick and easy to install and winterize – All parts for installation and use are included – Includes spigot and garden hose adapter – Includes connection kit for down spout – 3 year full replacement warranty included – Hole saw included – Dimensions 39” Tall x 28.5” Upper Diameter 3 Easy steps to install! – Drill Hole in downspout with hole saw – Install diverter into the downspout – Connect hose to diverter and barrel
Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition Events with Brad Lancaster Brad Lancaster is an author, permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is passionate about not only rain water harvesting, but harvesting and enhancing other free resources such as sun, wind, and shade to build sustainable landscapes. Read more at www.harvestingrainwater.com Simple & Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enliven free local resources-such as rain, grey, and storm water, sun, wind, and shade, along with soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun – in a way that generates more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. This presentation covers simple, manageable small site projects DATES: Monday, February 10, 2014 TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: Hall of Flowers In Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue @ Lincoln Ave, San Francisco COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance and floods into opportunity. They empower you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and throughout your community. This presentation will focus on large projects and how to recreate our cities with fewer storm drains by reestablishing watersheds. DATES: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Lakeside Park Garden Center on Lake Merritt, 66 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal
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Rain Barrel Program Due to an outpouring of interest in the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, the City has exhausted its funds for subsidized rain barrels and the program is now officially closed. We appreciate your interest in rainwater harvesting. Please email us if you’d like to add your name to our mailing list to receive information on future availability of rain barrels, should new funding become available. Thank you for being a good water steward! How to Get Your Rain Barrel (for residents who have already placed their order) Store Pick Up: You can pick up your tank at the Urban Farmer Store, once you have received confirmation that your tank is available and in stock. Due to the overwhelming demand, most tanks will arrive about 45 days from the order date. The Urban Farmer Store is open M-F 7:30-5, Sat 9-5 and is located at 2121-C San Joaquin St, Richmond, just off the freeway between I-80 and I-580. Their phone is (510) 524-1604. Home Delivery: If you prefer home delivery, the cost is $30 for tanks less than $205 gallons and $60 for tanks over 205 gallons. Rain Barrel Distribution Events–West Oakland For residents picking up rain barrels, distribution events will now occur every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at American Steel Studios at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. **You must have a scheduled appointment to pick up your tank, so please call the Urban Farmer store to make arrangements (510) 524-1604. Note: 620 gallon tanks must be picked up at the Urban Farmer Store in Richmond and will not be available at the American Steel Studios site. Upcoming Workshops An in-depth rainwater installation workshop is being offered Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 1-4pm at Skyline High School. Please email us if you want to sign up. If you wish to be notified of future rain barrel workshops or events email us. Factors to consider when choosing your rainwater catchment system: Before you install – Plan your system so it does not cause erosion or allow water to concentrate near structures or another person’s property. For design assistance, contact a professional such as a landscape contractor, architect or engineer. See Information & Resources below, for a list of local rainwater resources & professionals. Soils – A variety of factors including slopes, soil types, high groundwater & stability may limit or prevent the use of certain capture systems. Soils range from having a high sand content to a high clay content, & therefore filter water at different rates. Consult with a professional to determine your soil type & the rainwater systems appropriate for your property. Mosquitoes – When implemented correctly, rainwater catchment systems do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Ensure that water infiltrates into the ground within five days or stored water is sealed & screened to prevent mosquito access. For more information, contact theAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
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