Planting Justice, Even During the Drought Newsletter
|California is in the midst of a drought and it's going to get worse before it gets better. But, with this drought comes an opportunity to build stronger, more resilient communities. We here at Planting Justice have been working tirelessly on ways to promote water consciousness in our work and on ways to move forward better than ever. Take a minute to check out some of our latest updates and ways you can get involved!|
GREEN JOB CREATION: FULL STAFF ON
In our continued efforts to provide meaningful and sustainable green jobs that aim to better our local community, Planting Justice is proud to announce the movement of our full staff to salaried positions. And that all of our staff in our re-entry green jobs program are now in full-time, salaried positions within the organization! Read the full story here.
PLANTING JUSTICE AND DIG DEEP FARMS & PRODUCE
Planting Justice and Dig Deep Farms & Produce (DDF&P) are proud to announce a new partnership on DDF&P's hillside Cityview Farm to create a roughly 3-acre urban food forest farm. This winter and spring, we'll start with the infrastructure systems: an 8 foot deer fence enclosing the planting space and retrofitting the existing 20,000 gallon gravity-fed water storage and irrigation system. With these foundational elements in place, we'll begin the planting of 1000 fruit trees and 1000 fruiting shrubs. In order to ensure the sustainability of the collaboration, Planting Justice will work closely with the team at DDF&P in a year-long mentorship program focused on the ongoing maintenance and care of the new food forest at Cityview. Read the full storyhere.
TREE RING FILM FUND IS RAISING MONEY TO FILM PLANTING JUSTICE'S PATHWAYS 2 RESILIENCE COLLABORATION!
Tree Ring Film Fund is fundraising to produce film of our Pathways 2 Resilience project to tell a new story about community regeneration and how men and women who have been incarcerated are learning new skills in permaculture that lead to good paying jobs to help them and their families reintegrate into society.
Members of Tree Ring Productions are funding a third of the production costs and crowd-funding the remaining $2000 per video. In addition to Pathways 2 Resilience, there are nine other Bay Area nonprofits in the Film Fund, and your contribution to will help fund their meaningful work!
Read more about the Bay Area Tree Ring Film Fund project here.
BUILDING A VEGETABLE GARDEN IN THE STANISLAUS COUNTY JUVENILE COMMITMENT CENTER
With the support of the Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club, we will build a community garden inside the Stanislaus County Juvenile Commitment Center, that will serve as an inspirational, beautiful, and productive space for all the youth involved. With the youth, we will transform the space to produce the healthiest and most sustainably grown organic food possible, to be used in conjunction with the kitchen and culinary arts program inside the center, while also cultivating pride, teamwork, motivation, patience, job-ready skills, and a collective sense of accomplishment among the youth. Read the full story here.
You can help us build this garden! Please visit the fundraising page & spread the word about this crucial work.
TRANSFORM YOUR YARD IS NOW OFFERING AQUAPONICS INSTALLATIONS
We will be building low-cost, sustainable form of gardening that utilizes the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants, producing to increased yields, saving tons of water and creating a backyard oasis with fish friends!
Learn more about the benefits of aquaponics and how we can help you set up a water-saving system here.
To get started, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GREYWATER SYSTEMS: USE YOUR WATER TWICE!
Our Transform Your Yard Team installs both Laundry-Landscape and Shower/Sink Greywater systems. A grey water system can significantly reduce your water usage by recycling your grey water. We love pairing our grey water system with fruit tree planting.
Our greywater consultations last an hour long and cost $90, during which we'll work together to:
- assess household usage
- estimate potential greywater capture volume
- evaluate capacity to use sources on site for existing landscaping
- consider new landscaping that pairs well with greywater systems
- evaluate plumbing access and difficulty of installation
- sketch the system design roughly and talk ballpark cost
Interested? Email us email@example.com!