Sunday, March 11th 1-2:30pm – Followed by Q&A

There are many benefits and few limitations with the use of controlled graywater for gardens and general foliage.  The time to consider and plan for its use is BEFORE a dry or drought year. J.S. Reed, PhD, will be teaching this workshop designed to help the home gardener utilize water sources that can be safely and successfully used in lieu of traditional potable water.  Very simple, inexpensive designing and chemistry will be presented. Jim holds multiple degrees, ranging from biochemistry to psychology.  He has taught and lectured at over a half-dozen colleges and universities and has been featured in several newspaper articles and television programs.

Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (Coloma area).

Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. or 530-621-1224.


Saturday, March 10th from 10am – 2pm

The Giving Garden is a part of the historic Wakamatsu farm where volunteers assist in seasonal plantings, weed management, mulch application, fruit tree pruning, crop and orchard fertilizing, seed germination, plant propagation as well as fruit and veggie harvesting. During the winter we aim to plant cover crops to protect our precious soils from wind and rain erosion. Along with the Giving Garden, a greenhouse, plant nursery and California native plant demonstration garden is on site.

We will be working on more native plantings, weeding, mulching and garden maintenance.

These volunteer work days are critical to the success of the Giving Garden project.

Gardeners and landscapers of all ages and abilities welcome.

Please contact Taylor Faye to sign up and/or receive more information about farm volunteer work days at  or (530) 621-1224 extension 25.