Growers’ Series: Designing a Rain Garden
The Penn State Extension Growers’ Series is a free/donation-based, monthly educational workshop series (October-May) that highlights Philadelphia-based growers implementing innovative, sustainable agricultural practices in their production spaces and their communities. Held in various locations across the city, each workshop is hosted in partnership with and led by Philadelphia-based grower(s). Workshops feature a combination of formal instruction, interactive activity, and discussion and program participants are encouraged to actively contribute. Be prepared to get your hands (and shoes) dirty and come ready to brave the elements!
Our October workshop*, the first in the 2018-2019 Growers Series, will be led by John Eskate of the KleinLIfe Grow for a Friend Farm. Using the farm’s newly designed rain garden as a teaching tool, John will cover the basics of passive stormwater management via rain gardening including site selection, site design, plant selection, and installation. John will also touch on opportunities for active stormwater management by using a high tunnel for rainwater collection and participants will help to prepare and plant KleinLIfe’s rain garden. Light refreshments will be provided and there will likely be volunteering opportunities with the Farm after the workshop.
*This event is weather dependent, so keep an eye on the weather on days leading up to the workshop. If the workshop is rescheduled, registrants will be notified the night before via the email address provided at point of registration. The rain date for this workshop is Sunday, October 14th from 11am-1pm.
Growers interested in stormwater management and rainwater harvesting at their farm or garden
This workshop will cover the process for planning, building, and planting a rain garden to manage stormwater runoff passively as well as tips and tools for active rain water harvesting using a high tunnel (or other impervious surface).
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