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Firescaping Qualification Training (Online)

This two-day ReScape course provides comprehensive best practices in regenerative landscaping, specifically oriented to reducing fire hazards and preparing cities and large property owners/managers for safety before, during and after a firestorm. This program educates, aligns and empowers public agencies, commercial and institutional property owners, and landscapers to work collaboratively across departments and organizations to implement whole-systems firescaping strategies to protect people, assets and our future welfare.

Course: Firescaping Qualification Training

Dates: November 18-19, 2021 (Thursday-Friday)

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm 

Location: Online (live webinar) 

Registration: Click here 

Cost:

Instructor: Douglas Kent, author of the best-selling book on landscaping for fire protection, “Firescaping.” Doug began his work in fire protection in Mill Valley (CA) in 1993. Since then he has been on the front line of many fires, traversed the remains of most of the state’s worst fire, and interviewed experts across the state. Kent has worked for 15 years with cities, NGOs, private companies, and utilities across California on a variety of projects. From risk assessments to landscape prescriptions, motivational public presentations to videos and webinars, he has dug his hands in soot filled soils, learned a tremendous amount, and is motivated to create a resilient and formidable California.

Design Qualification Training (Online)

This 3-day ReScape training provides landscape design professionals with practical tools for designing and constructing healthy landscapes that protect local watersheds, conserve resources and address our changing climate.

Course: Design Qualification Training 

Location: Online (live webinar)

Dates: November 16-18, 2021 (Tuesday-Thursday) 

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Registration: Click here 

Cost: 

UC Master Gardner Plant Clinic – Online

University of California’s Master Gardener Program’s monthly Plant Clinic Online is an opportunity to chat with a Master Gardener via Zoom to diagnose a plant problem. You can also listen and learn while other people ask questions. It takes place on the second Saturday of the month (November 13th), from 10–noon. Priority will be given to questions that are emailed in advance; instructions are in the Zoom registration confirmation. Registration required.

Composting Basics Workshop – Sunnyvale

Learn the art and science behind composting from a local Master Composter. Learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile.  
Participants will also learn how to transform their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine, and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens using worms. Come prepared to learn about worm care and compare vermicompost techniques. 

Register to attend 

For more information visit: www.ucanr.edu/compost  

ABC’s OF SETTING UP A DRIP IRRIGATION – Online

Drip systems can only be sustainable if they save water, irrigate correctly, and are only installed once.  So many times I come across gardens that have a drip system and the garden has dying and diseased plants, it leaks, and it cannot be calibrated.  Join Frank Niccoli to understand what you need to purchase, how do you install it, and how do you calibrate your new forever drip system.  You owe it to your plants to do it right.

Register at https://www.sanmateoarboretum.org/classes–events.html#nov

Zoom webinar. Free and open to the public. 

Composting Basics Workshop – Morgan Hill

Learn the art and science behind composting from a local Master Composter. Learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. As the drought worsens and the climate warms, home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile.  
Participants will also learn how to transform their household kitchen scraps into a rich, fine, and nutritious soil amendment for their gardens using worms. Come prepared to learn about worm care and compare vermicompost techniques. 

Register to attend

For more information visit: www.ucanr.edu/compost  

Build Your Own Laundry to Landscape Graywater System – Online

Why send water from your laundry directly to the sewer when you can reuse it to water plants and trees in your yard instead? Learn how to build a “laundry-to-landscape” graywater system for directing water from your clothes washer to the garden for irrigation. Laundry-to-landscape systems can save thousands of gallons of precious drinking water per year. Plus, it does not require a building permit.

Event is free.

Registration for this event is located here

Seed Swap

Calling all South Bay gardeners and seed savers! We are planning our very first annual Seed Swap October 16th from 1pm to 3pm. Come share and swap diverse locally grown seeds! Please RSVP with us either though PM or send an email to   

¡Llame a todos los jardineros y ahorradores de semillas de South Bay! Estamos planeando nuestro primer intercambio anual de semillas el 16 de octubre de 13:00 a 15:00. ¡Ven a compartir e intercambiar diversas semillas cultivadas localmente! Confirme su asistencia a través de PM o envíe un correo electrónico a