Pre-PermaBlitz March Gathering

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Sunday, March 18th from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in preparation for PermaBlitz #3 on Saturday, April 14th!

We are gearing up for PermaBlitz #3 in April (RSVP Today!)! As an introduction to permaculture and its application to PermaBlitz #3 we host 2 Pre-Blitz Gatherings, the second of which is Sunday, March 18th from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.). This Gathering will cover…

Volunteer for PB#3! People who volunteer get additional hands-on knowledge, credit toward becoming a PB Host in the future and Early Access to this and PB#4 in October! Sign up online today!

PERMACULTURE DESIGN PROCESS:

We will have 3-4 short presentations with interactive forums in between as we move through the permaculture design process as it applies to the PermaBlitz Host site. This Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.

  • Goals Articulation & Base Mapping
  • Site Assessment & Analysis
  • WAS (Water, Access, and Structures) Design
  • Zones Of Use & Sector Analysis
  • Concept Mapping: we’ll show you the design for the Host site and how the designers put it all together.

 

PB#3 Projects and Activities:

  • Wicking bed
  • Lasagna style raised beds
  • Tree planting
  • Outdoor sink
  • Build rocket stoves
  • Citrus tree pruning
  • Drip irrigation

At this time the PB #3 permaculture design is in progress and is being compiled by Earthshed Solutions’ certified designers and PDC graduate interns.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils, and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

What is a PermaBlitz?

A PermaBlitz is a FREE event open to the public, where you learn new skills as it relates to permaculture, complete various projects and activities, share food, get some exercise, and have fun. You can find out more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/.

Attention Potential PermaBlitz Hosts! Please read through this page for more information about hosting a PermaBlitz at your property: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/permablitz-host/. This CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • This Way to Sustainability Conference XIII, March 15-16, 2018. Earthshed Solutions will collaborate on a presentation titled, ‘Sustainability for Survival: Part I. Uses of Water and Earth’ on Thursday, March 15 at 9am in BMU 203. Register to attend the Conference here
  • Environmental Coalition Community Gathering: Friday, March 16th from 5pm – 7pm at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center (775 E. 16th Street, Chico).
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together -Tuesday, March 20th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). A CSLL orientation session, timely garden discussions, and seed packaging will take place
  • PermaBlitz #3!! Saturday, April 14th from 10am – 4pm (Location provided with RSVP)

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Pre-PermaBlitz February Gathering

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Sunday, February 18th  from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in preparation for PermaBlitz #3 on Saturday, April 14th!

We are gearing up for PermaBlitz #3 in April! As an introduction to permaculture and its application to PermaBlitz #3 we host 2 Pre-Blitz Gatherings, the first of which is Sunday, February 18th  from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.). This Gathering will cover…

PERMACULTURE ETHICS & PRINCIPLES:

We will discuss the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture and their practical application to the Host site for PermaBlitz #3. Interactive forums will take place between 2-3 short presentations as we move through the 12 Holmgren permaculture principles.

At this time the PB #3 permaculture design is in the site assessment phase and is being compiled by Earthshed Solutions’ certified permaculture designers and PDC graduate interns. PermaBlitz projects and activities will include, but are not limited to.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils, and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

What is a PermaBlitz?

A PermaBlitz is a FREE event open to the public, where you learn new skills as it relates to permaculture, complete various projects and activities, share food, get some exercise, and have fun. You can find out more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/.

Attention Potential PermaBlitz Hosts! Please read through this page for more information about hosting a PermaBlitz at your property: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/permablitz-host/. This CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together -Tuesday, January 16th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). A CSLL orientation session, timely garden discussions, and seed packaging will take place.
  • 9th Annual Seed Swap -Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12-3pm at Trinity Church in downtown Chico. Interested in volunteering? Sign up online!
  • Pre-PermaBlitz CPG Gathering: Permaculture Design Process Overview -Sunday, March 18th from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave).
  • PermaBlitz #3!! Saturday, April 14th from 10am – 4pm (RSVP page coming soon, location provided with RSVP)

 

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Pre-PermaBlitz August Gathering

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Sunday, August 20th  from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in preparation for PermaBlitz #2 on October 15th!

We are gearing up for PermaBlitz #2 in October! As an introduction to permaculture and its application to PermaBlitz #2 we host 2 Pre-Blitz Gatherings, the first of which is Sunday, August 20th from 10am-1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave.). This Gathering will cover…

PERMACULTURE ETHICS & PRINCIPLES:

We will discuss the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture and their practical application to the Host site for PermaBlitz #2 located in Butte Creek Canyon. Interactive forums will take place between 2-3 short presentations as we move through the 12 Holmgren permaculture principles.

At this time the PB #2 permaculture design is in progress and is being compiled by Earthshed Solutions’ certified designers and PDC graduate interns. PermaBlitz projects and activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • renovation of an existing vegetable garden for better accessibility
  • determining contour using A-frame levels for wattle applications, swales and level sills
  • guild building 5 existing fruit tree groupings with diverse plants
  • establishing a medicinal herb garden
  • building an outdoor sink
  • building a tool organizer
  • making and using compost extract
  • making seed threshing screens
  • and more!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils, and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

What is a PermaBlitz?

A PermaBlitz is a FREE event open to the public, where you learn new skills as it relates to permaculture, complete various projects and activities, share food, get some exercise, and have fun. You can find out more here: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/.

Attention Potential PermaBlitz Hosts! Please read through this page for more information about hosting a PermaBlitz at your property: https://earthshed.org/permablitz/permablitz-host/. This CPG Pre-PermaBlitz Gathering counts toward becoming a PermaBlitz Host.

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Monday, August 21st from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). A CSLL orientation session, timely garden discussions, and seed packaging will take place.
  • Pre-PermaBlitz CPG Gathering: Permaculture Design Process Overview -Sunday, September 17th from 10am – 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave).
  • PermaBlitz #2!! Sunday, October 15th from 10am – 4pm (RSVP page coming soon, location provided with RSVP)

 

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PermaBlitz!

PermaBlitzes are about helping our neighborhoods become more edible and resilient one yard at a time by harnessing and building the power of community.

The Chico Permaculture Guild will be hosting Pre-Blitz Education Gatherings in 2017 to help inform our community and PermBlitz participants about permaculture through the lens of the property we will be ‘Blitzing.

Spring 2017 CPG / PermaBlitz Schedule

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Pre-Blitz CPG Gathering –Sunday, February 19th from 10am to 1pm ‘Permaculture Ethics & Principles’ (Chico Library 1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico)

Pre-Blitz CPG Gathering –Sunday, March 19th from 10am to 1pm ‘Permaculture Design Process’ (Chico Library 1108 Sherman Ave. in Chico)

PermaBlitz #1 –Sunday, April 9th from 10am – 4pm (location will be provided with RSVP)

RSVP’s to attend will begin in early 2017. For more information please look over the Earthshed Solutions’ PermaBlitz and FAQ page. If you are interested in hosting a Permablitz check out the Host page. For more information contact Earthshed Solutions at permablitz@earthshed.org.

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HOW Every Drop Counts -Solutions for Water Resilience

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Earthshed Solutions presents: HOW Every Drop Counts -Solutions for Water Resilience

Sunday, October 16 from 10am – 4pm at Bywater Farm, Oroville

$40 fee

Eventbrite registration page: https://h2o_resilience.eventbrite.com/

Expand your toolbox for withstanding drought and learn how to make every drop of water count. This HOW (Hands On Workshop) will introduce you to various techniques you can easily implement on your property to create lasting water resilience. Resilient systems are better able to bounce back from stresses caused by long or short term changes; such as our current drought.

During this workshop, you will learn about various techniques for water retention and conservation currently in place on this 8 acre permaculture homestead. Learn skills and technologies that are designed to be effective in practice, easy to maintain, affordable, and which can be replicated on any site, at any scale.

Demonstrations and hands on learning will include:

  • Living Soil – how to improve soil biological health for maximum water retention and plant health
  • Rainwater Harvesting –how to collect rainwater into tanks and infiltration basins for productive food systems
  • Water Reuse –how to reuse & recycle water, including greywater, for your landscape & gardens
  • Irrigation –how to effectively use various irrigation methods such as ollas, wicking beds, and drip systems

Cost: $40 (not including Eventbrite fee)

  • If you wish to attend and cannot register and/or pay online please get a hold if us directly at info@earthshed.org.
  • Any payment made on the day of the workshop is $50.00 per person. We accept checks made out to ‘Earthshed Solutions’ or cash; sorry no credit cards.

What to bring:

  • Paper, clipboard and pens/pencils
  • Hat and sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle in a non-glass container
  • Your own lunch (various sun teas will be provided)
  • Chair(s) or blanket for sitting

FAQs:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you register.

Please leave your pets at home.

For more information contact Stephanie at info@earthshed.org or 530-828-6390.

 

“Just as water is the foundation of life it must also be the foundation of design in the built environment.” -Betsy Damon, founder of Keepers of the Waters

ES HOW: Laundry to Landscape Greywater Installation


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Earthshed Solutions HOW (Hands On Workshop)

When: Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Bywater Farm in Oroville, CA 95966

Registration is required. For more information and to register please follow this link: https://how-l2l-install.eventbrite.com/


California is still in a drought – Save Water with Greywater!

Learn how to divert greywater from a washing machine to irrigate the landscape with a laundry to landscape (L2L) greywater system. L2L greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. This workshop is taught by a certified greywater installer and will give you the necessary skills to install your own L2L system to irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry; saving you water, resources, and money.

This workshop will cover:

  • Basic overview of L2L greywater, legality in Butte County, and 12 guidelines
  • How to install a simple greywater system from a washing machine -including how to source greywater parts
  • How to prepare your landscape to receive greywater and the best choice in plants
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them

This is a Hands On Workshop. Participants will participate in the construction of a real L2L greywater system – start to finish. All participants will receive handouts and informational resources for use at home.

NOTE: No prior experience is required but for better understanding it is recommended participants attend the FREE CPG May Gathering on May 15th from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). The May Gathering will cover common greywater systems including the L2L system, a mock up of parts/materials required for a L2L system as well as current California codes for greywater. Participants who attend the May Gathering will receive a promotional code for $10 off this installation workshop.

Cost: Sliding scale $43-$106.

Registration is required: https://how-l2l-install.eventbrite.com/

If you wish to attend and cannot register and/or pay online please get a hold if us directly at info@earthshed.org. Any payment made on the day of the workshop is $60.00 per person. We accept checks made out to ‘Earthshed Solutions’ or cash; sorry no credit cards.

What to bring:

  • Paper, clip board and pens/pencils
  • Hat and sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle in a non-glass container
  • Your own lunch (various sun teas will be provided)
  • Chair(s) or blanket for sitting

 

FAQs:

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 Register.

Please leave your pets at home.

 

For more information contact Stephanie at info@earthshed.org or 530-828-6390.

 


 

HOW’s (Hands On Workshops) are an education program of Earthshed Solutions where we teach you HOW on the ground, learning various skills, mind and body; from permaculture design itself to soil building and food production to greywater, earthworks and other water harvesting techniques.

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MAY CPG Gathering -GREYWATER

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MAY 15th, 2016 from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico)

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067540999958982/

Greywater Systems in California

This month we’ll explore common greywater systems with an emphasis on Laundry to Landscape (L2L) systems.

Greywater -water reused from sinks, showers, and washing machines- can significantly reduce your outdoor water consumption. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought; California is still in a drought!

Come learn about:

  • Common greywater systems (like laundry to landscape and branched drain systems)
  • Water saving potential of greywater
  • 12 best practices
  • Design and cost considerations
  • Permits and regulations in California
  • Health and safety
  • Soaps and products

L2L Mock Up

You’ll also explore a Laundry to Landscape (L2L) system “mock-up” with real greywater parts as well as get more information about our upcoming ‘HOW: Laundry to Landscape Greywater Installation‘ happening June 12th from 10am-4pm at Bywater Farm in Oroville, CA.

 

PARTICIPANTS WHO ATTEND THIS MAY GATHERING WILL RECEIVE A PROMOTIONAL CODE FOR $10 OFF THE INSTALLATION WORKSHOP.

 

POTLUCK / SHARE THE SURPLUS SWAP:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

 

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • 37th Annual Endangered Species Faire (Butte Environmental Council community event) -Saturday, May 7th from 11am – 4pm at One Mile Picnic Area in Lower Bidwell Park. Earthshed Solutions will have a booth! More info: http://www.becnet.org/endangered-species-faire
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Tuesday, May 10th from 4:30-7:30pm in the Chico branch library meeting room. More info: http://chicoseedlendinglibrary.org/
  • HOW: ‘Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation’ -Sunday, June 12th from 10am-4pm at Bywater Farm in Oroville. Details and registration page here: https://how-l2l-install.eventbrite.com/

 

CPG Gatherings are BI-MONTHLY (with summers off). You can view more information and the whole year’s schedule here.

 


The Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) is an education program of Earthshed Solutions, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in July 2015 by actively engaged CPG members.

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CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/
CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/
Earthshed Solutions website: http://earthshed.org/

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Land Restoration and Water Retention Strategies Workshop 10/11/15

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This is the Chico Permaculture Guilds FIFTH and FINAL workshop of the year. The workshop will take place Sunday, October 11th from 10am to 4pm in Oroville, CA.  Please RSVP to attend this workshop by following this link.

In this unique workshop we will explore various land restoration techniques including erosion control and water retention methods to reinvigorate a sloping 4 acre site in Oroville, CA.

This workshop will cover:

  • What land restoration is and why it’s important
  • Why including erosion control and water retention strategies will allow the restorative process to be more effective
  • How the strategies are accomplished using both heavy equipment and simple tools
  • How to manage the land after these installations

A wide range of materials: logs, branches, mulch, straw, and wattle will be used. You will see what equipment is used and how to place the material on contour, dig a swale, and cut contour land rips to slow, spread and sink rainwater.

The combination of these techniques and materials are all designed to retain water, rehydrate the landscape and heal land that has been compacted by over grazing for the last century as well as recently experiencing a grass fire.

The curriculum includes a lecture along with hands on practices and a demonstration of some completed elements for you to see up close.

Full event information and registration page here: https://cpghow-land-restore.eventbrite.com/

What to bring:

  • Paper, pens/pencils and clipboard for taking notes
  • Hat, gloves and sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Water bottle (preferably not glass)
  • This is a POTLUCK so please bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plate and a cup
  • Chair to sit in

FAQs:

  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico to Oroville 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

Workshop Cost: Suggested donation is $40, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please contact Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper with any questions at 530-828-6390 or email to modcpg@gmail.com. Full event information and registration page here: https://cpghow-land-restore.eventbrite.com/

** Earthshed Solutions (Chico Permaculture Guild is now a program of this organization) will be holding more classes and workshops in 2016. Contact Stephanie to get on the email list to stay updated on courses as they become available and to learn about how to become a member for a reduced cost on classes and workshops.

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Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate -CPG May Gathering 5/17/15

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SUNDAY, MAY 17th from 1-4pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico)

CPG EDUCATION: (Always free and open to the public)

TECHNIQUES & STRATEGIES #1: Water Harvesting in a Mediterranean Climate
We’ve focused the last few months learning about the permaculture design process and some of the methods involved in creating a regenerative design, now we explore specific techniques and strategies for design implementation.

  • Water, drought and our local climate
  • How water harvesting techniques have the potential to rehydrate landscapes
  • Water harvesting systems including tank collection from rooftops and different types of earthworks
  • 2 different methods for calculating the volume of rainwater harvested from rooftops and other surfaces
  • Laundry to landscape greywater systems and local code

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.

NEWS/UPDATES:

  • The CPG monthly gathering schedule has changed!! Review the new schedule.
  • CPG Hands-On Workshop: ‘Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation’ -Sunday, May 24th from 11am-3pm at Brian and Stephanie’s property in north Chico. RSVP here: https://cpg-h-ow-rooftop-rhs-install.eventbrite.com/
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ June 9th from 5:30-7:30pm 5:30-7:30 at the Chico branch library meeting room.

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CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/

CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting System Installation 5/24/15

This is the Chico Permaculture Guilds THIRD workshop of the season and the last before our summer break (gatherings and workshop will resume in September). The workshop will take place May 24th from 11am to 3pm.  Please RSVP to attend this workshop by following this link.

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″ 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:

PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

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

Downspt-Infil-BasinsTHIS IS A FREE EVENT. Donations are accepted and appreciated to further CPG education and outreach within our community.

What to bring:

  • Paper, pens/pencils and clipboard for taking notes
  • Calculator for rainwater calculations
  • Hat, gloves and sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Water bottle (preferably not glass)
  • A-frame level (from the last workshop, there will be more to purchase)
  • If you have a shovel please bring it along as well
  • This is a POTLUCK so please bring a dish to share and your own utensils, plate and a cup

FAQs:

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 modcpg@gmail.com or 530-828-6390.

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CPG Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chicopermacultureguild/
CPG website: https://chicopermaculture.wordpress.com/