Sustainable Solano seeking properties for sustainable landscaping workshops – The Reporter
If you live in a flood or fire affected neighborhood, Sustainable Solano can potentially provide your community with renewable landscaping.
Sustainable Solano, a local nonprofit promoting regenerative practices for the county, is looking for public and private locations in Vacaville, Fairfield, and Suisun City to demonstrate techniques and design features to address environmental issues through workshops.
The organization has hosted several workshops over the years that have resulted in more than 40 demonstration gardens across Solano County.
Among other things, Sustainable Solano is looking for ways to reduce the damage caused by flooding in Suisun City and Fairfield.
“Properties in designated high-risk flood-risk communities could benefit from features such as ground tern rain tracking – ditches that catch and slow rainwater to prevent runoff and erosion,” officials write in a press release. “But there are also opportunities to build on these features with other ecologically sound design elements that strengthen the resilience of the community, such as food forest gardens and community gardens that provide food and living space with water-wise gardening methods.”
In Vacaville, where many homes burned down during the LNU Lightning Complex fires in August, Sustainable Solano is looking for properties damaged by these recent fires for a demonstration garden.
“This may provide an opportunity for educational workshops on refractory landscaping, as well as bioremediation – the use of plants to regenerate the damaged soil,” officials wrote.
The locations selected in Suisun are supported by the organization’s Resilient Neighborhoods program, which aims to build community connection and resilience through sustainable landscaping projects. Additional funding will be provided by the Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation Foundation.
The locations selected in Fairfield and Vacaville are funded through the Sustainable Backyards program, which, with support from the Solano County Water Agency, is bringing water-conscious demonstration forest gardens to public and private lots across the county.
Homeowners can request that their own properties be considered for these projects, or suggest other websites such as schools or places of worship, by completing an interest form at Sustainablesolano.typeform.com/to/Aac6Ih.