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Water Wise

Local events offer strategies for savvy water use in your home and garden.

Photos courtesy of Greywater Action

In this newsletter:

●  Anniversary fanfare at Pollinate Farm - May 16 & 17
●  Make every drop count - May 17
●  Farm lunch fundraiser - May 17
●  Get smart about compost - May 19
●  Water-wise advice from Laura Allen - May 19
●  Book reviews: How to Save Water
    Inside and Outside Your Home

Keep your eyes open for our Summer issue, which should be showing up around the East Bay this weekend with lots to savor.

Cover photo by Robin Jolin


Weekend Fest at Pollinate Farm

Pollinate Farm & Garden celebrates its second anniversary with a weekend of mini-workshops, food demos, tool and knife sharpening by an on-site blacksmith, and much more. Free.
Info: or 510.686.3493

Anniversary Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17
Pollinate Farm & Garden
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland  


Illustration by Alan Leon
from Water: Another Kind of Harvest by Jillian Steinberger in Edible East Bay's Spring 2012 issue

Drop by Drop

Join the Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team to learn about steps we can take during California’s drought emergency. Keynote speaker and sustainability expert Trathen Heckman (founder of Petaluma’s Daily Acts) and representatives from EBMUD share info and tips on conservation. Learn about low-water landscaping, greywater systems, rainwater catchment, EBMUD incentives and rebates, and conservation items. Enjoy tasty snacks on the patio at Sam’s Log Cabin. Free. Info:

Every Drop Matters
Sunday May 17, 4–6pm
Sam’s Log Cabin
945 San Pablo Ave, Albany

Alameda Farm Luncheon 

Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) provides a supportive housing community for once-homeless adults and children. The group’s annual fundraiser, Not Your Mother’s Garden Party, heads to the farm this year with a luncheon that features sustainable produce grown by Farm2Market, an on-the-job training program for APC residents. Funds raised help East Bay families break out of homelessness and poverty. Guest speaker Bryant Terry is a renowned eco-chef, food activist, and author of The Inspired Vegan and Afro Vegan. Tickets: $95. Info:

The Urban Farm Table
Sunday May 17, 1pm
APC Farm2Market Farm
2600 Barbers Point Rd, Alameda

Bryant Terry
Photo by Paige Green

The Dirt on Composting

Learn to make rich soil conditioner and fertilizer from garden waste and kitchen scraps. Topics include how composting works, what (and what not) to compost, techniques that encourage decomposition, info about compost containers, and where and when to use compost. Get advice and tips from Alameda County Master Gardeners. Free. Info: Rebekah Eppley at 510.482.7844

Composting Made Easy
Tuesday May 19, 6–7:30pm
Dimond Branch Library
3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland


Water Smarts

Meet Laura Allen, co-founder of Greywater Action and author of The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in your Home and Landscape, reviewed below. Allen talks about creating a water-wise home and landscape by using greywater, rainwater, and composting toilets. Free. Info: here or 510.747.7767

Laura Allen: The Water-Wise Home
Tuesday May 19, 7–8:30pm 
West End Library 
788 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

How to Save Water Inside and Outside Your Home

Reviews by Kristina Sepetys
We’re all well aware of the drought conditions plaguing California by now, but learning more about how to use water in a sustainable way, minimizing waste, is a higher priority than ever before in many of our lives. Here are two books that provide ideas and instruction for using the valuable resource more efficiently inside our homes and in our gardens, whether we want to begin with small changes or tackle more comprehensive water system transformation.

Read the reviews

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