Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Getting involved with my local community, and come thoughts on Rancho "Going Green"

The widget you see to the right is for the Meetup group I started specifically to help other local gardeners. My friend Mandi was generous enough to 'sponsor' us by giving me one of her subscription slots, which is why shes listed as the organizer and I'm the assistant. But in reality I rule with an absolute iron will.....HAHA just kidding. I do post alot of info tho, everything I come across on blogs, UC cooperative extension articles, other states extension articles, forums, etc. I know not everyone has as much time ( or passion) to search the world wide web as I do on nights like this when I can't sleep.

Master Gardening classes are going wonderfully. Monday nights are now my "ME" night. Chris gets home early, I have my 20 minute ( not much traffic thank GOD) drive to Loma Linda, then I get to sit in the beautiful Loma Linda East Campus' new tranquility garden and relax and read a bit before class. I love my kids but man I've missed having an activity that doesn't revolve around them. Last week we learned about the basics of soil ( types, composition, water holding capacity) and water ( its structure, how plantsuse it, its relation to soil type, irrigation) and this week we learned all about irrigation. An expert who works for Rainbird ( and also a master gardener) came and spoke to us about different types of irrigation systems, sprinklers, drip systems, timers, controllers, planning an efficient irrigation system, upcoming legislation regarding residential water, theres alot more to watering then the ole' thumb over the hose thats for sure. Some of it I knew from designing my garden's drip system, but now I can see where theres tons of room for improvement.

I've also been approached to do a talk on organic gardening a a local library, hooray! I'm in the process of getting those details from the library and checking if I can get community service hours for it ( since I need 50 hours for the Master Gardener certification). Its exciting to think in March I could be speaking to the public about something I love with a name tag saying I'm a trained Master Gardener. It gives me goosebumps.

Being the overacheiver that I am ( or was in my life before kids...) I'm also planning on God willing taking the county's Master Composting seminar later this month to become a Master Composter- and hopefully be able then to give classes in my city about it. Sadly my city is a little slow on that part of green living...but they are building and promoting some huge LEED Platinum building (aka build up to the strictest 'green' building codes) as an office building. Interesting...but eh. In contrast the Sam J. Racadio Highland Library and Environmental Learning Center that just opened up in Highland a few months ago is only a Gold LEED building but is more then just a 'green' library building. It also has a rooftop garden and many programs designed to provide and promote environmental education .

woot, thank you Green Valley Initiative! I think....hopefully its not just another cleverly disguised lobbying group.

At least theres finally some atttention to the issue. San Bernardino county is pushing for all of their cities to become more "green". I am proud that my city is trying to become "green" certified, but theres more to it then putting in fancy buildings with nifty soar panels and recycled materials. We have NO community garden, NO composting program, and NO recycled green waste availible to the public. Tsk Tsk. I think responsible horticulture ( xeriscaping, organic gardening, green waste recycling,sustainable agriculture) are also very important issues community members should be encouraged to learn more about. How can you be "green" without growing PLANTS? hmm?


Sinfonian said...

Hmm, I swore I posted here before, but oh well. Great to see you're enjoying your classes and time away from the kids. We decided 4 years ago that my wife should do something she wanted to do outside the home. First it was belly dancing, then tae kwon do, now game nights and girls nights out.

It's phenomonal that you got a speaking engagement already and you haven't even finished your courses. Great work! I bet with the downturn in the economy and push for being green, you'll be in high demand!

Hope to see a few updates on your garden if time permits. Take care and enjoy this time! We from FG are pulling for you!

Freija and Beringian Fritillary said...

Hmm, no community garden. I agree, greening up is more than the energy tech side.

Good luck on all you are doing in your community, you sound busy but inspired and passionate!

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Sinfonian said...

Bah, powerleveling is for wimps!

Hehe, I actually loved forming PLing groups in EQ back in the day. It was so fun to eniallate an area with a strong group. Me being a pulling bard, once it was so good that I'd pull with a Damage over Time chant, get the mob to chase me and by the time I got back, I'd run for another, bring it just in time for the group to finish off the first one I brought. We rocked that night. Almost didn't want to go to sleep.

Ah those were the days! /cough Bards rule! hehe

Can't wait to hear about your garden exploits... hint, hint, hint...