We lost a few days due to the intense heat, but our roofers were back at it today and it's looking great!
May 28, 7 - 8:30pm Registration required: www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-live-laundry-to-landscape-greywater-systems-tickets-105293451548
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Episode 2: Did you know you can use 45-55 gallons of water per laundry load? Or that you can use 3-10 gallons per minute to water your lawn? Our expert Laura Allen teaches us how to reuse household greywater safely and effectively in your own yard. We'll cover popular systems with a focus on the laundry-to-landscape system, as well as how to maximize water savings with your system.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This broadcast will be created using Zoom, and simultaneously livestreamed on our YouTube channel. You can join the “studio audience” and be part of the questions and discussion at the end of each program. Please be aware that the program will be recorded for viewing later. No personal participant information will be shared publicly.
Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action and has spent the past 20 years exploring low-tech sustainable water solutions. She authored The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape and Greywater, Green Landscape (Storey Press). Laura leads classes and workshops on rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, and composting toilets, and works on policies and codes for water reuse systems in the west.
Zoom Webinar on Chickens!
The Egg and I: Backyard Chickens 101 - June 30 at 7pm
Backyard chickens are easier than ever! You can enjoy fresh eggs and many benefits to your garden with these peaceful and low maintenance animals. The class will cover starting chicks, coop designs, food, bedding, health, egg birds vs. eggs & meat, and ALL your questions! Coop designs and resource list will be provided.
Our partner, Sustainable Contra Costa, is co-hosting this class with Sustainable Solano. Instructor Tyler Snortum-Phelps works with Sustainable Contra Costa and has been keeping chickens for 20 years. He is also a certified Master Composter and has taught home composting workshops for many years. He lives in Walnut Creek on a one-acre property with his family, dog and chickens.
Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-egg-and-i-backyard-chickens-101-tickets-105882537520
Phase 3: New Roof In Progress!
A couple months ago, we replaced the old, broken down oven with a new one so we could have a fully operating kitchen for all our educational programs, including workshops, events, John's DVC Farm-to-Table Culinary Classes, and partner uses. The new gas oven required a hood and that has now been installed, along with the necessary pipe and coupling preparation that will go through the current new roof installation. We purposely waited to install this while undergoing roof installation so we wouldn't have to cause any damage later. The pantry's floor has been replaced and the entire room and shelving will be painted. These photos may not look like much, but in the end, everything will look clean and fresh and will be so much more presentable and functional. Thanks so much to Board Members John and Christian for their hard work, especially during this difficult time.
The Shellco Construction Company (not Ackman as previously mentioned) continues their daily work with the roofing project. The roof now lays bare in preparation for Phase 3, when the paper layer and composition shingles of the new roof will be installed. RRHC Board Members Christian Rousset and John Matthesen have also been working hard (especially in the steaming hot attic), drilling holes for the hood exhaust piping that will go from the new gas stove/oven through the kitchen ceiling and out the roof. They are also overhauling the kitchen pantry, preparing and painting the walls, shelves, and flooring. These renovations will greatly improve both the integrity and appearance of this 153 year old house!
Phase Two of Roof Project
Photos by Christian Rousset
Phase Two of the roofing project has begun. This involves filling the empty gap for sheathing and installing the roofing paper. The Ackman construction team includes owner Mike and his two sons, Bryce and Tyler.
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