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Home, Garden & Water Conservation Classes

 

 


Creating an Edible Landscape - The New American Garden

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Spend Earth Day with Rosalind Creasy, a pioneer in the field of edible landscaping. We’ll start off with a mouth-watering lecture and slide presentation, then take a field trip to Far West Nursery and Garden Center, where you’ll use your new-found knowledge as you roam their two full acres of beautiful grounds. Learn about sustainable gardening, how to select the right plants for our climate, and the principles of landscape design particular to edibles. Rosalind shares her A to Z recommended edible plants for Santa Cruz area gardeners, and students get help finding edible selections available at Far West.

Each student receives a starter kit of edible plants and seeds selected by Rosalind and the experts at Far West, as well as other gardening goodies. Far West supports less toxic solutions to garden challenges and they have carefully selected organic products to keep your family and the environment healthy.

Sat., April 22
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Room: 435 & Far West Nursery

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration


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Rosalind Creasy has a passion for beautiful vegetables and fruits, and a conviction that gardening should be an ecologically positive endeavor. She is the author of several award-winning books, including The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, Cooking from the Garden, and a ten-book Edible Gardening series. She is on the board of the Seed Savers, and is working on a demonstration seed-saving garden at the LA County Arboretum.

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Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

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This class will help you define, design and prepare to remodel your kitchen, whether you are planning a face-lift or a complete overhaul. We’ll cover the key elements of your kitchen project: cabinets, appliances, finish materials and preparing for the remodel. Are you trying to discern the difference between products, e.g. custom cabinets versus ready-made or engineered stone versus natural stone? Are you interested in “greener” options? Are you concerned about designing your kitchen so it seamlessly integrates into your home? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? If you want to avoid the “if I had only known syndrome” this class is for you.

Preparation for class: Approximately 2 weeks before class, a web link will be sent allowing you to download class materials. Please review the day 1 presentation, check list and worksheets prior to our 1st class meeting. Based on the materials reviewed, create a list of questions to be given to the instructor prior to start of class. Our workshop moves very quickly in order to cover a lot of information.

2 Sat., April 8 & 15
9 - 11:30 am
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $90

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Yvonne Ross has received certification for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. Working as a field project manager she has managed all phases of construction from permits to material selection and installation for over 250 kitchens.

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Landlording Made Easy

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If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., April 22
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 405

Register by Feb. 27: $90
Register after Feb. 27: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


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Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.

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Greywater Recycling: A Hands-On Installation Workshop and Rainwater Collection Basics are sponsored by the The Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County, which is a partnership between all the local Water Districts in Santa Cruz County. Through their sponsorship we are able to offer reduced registration fees for these classes. The member agencies include:

City of Santa Cruz Water Conservation Department, County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health Department, City of Watsonville Public Works Department, Soquel Creek Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency,
Central Water District

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Greywater Recycling System - A Hands-On Installation Workshop

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This class gives participants information and a hands-on experience installing a laundry to landscape system, which re-purposes water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Classroom Instruction at the first half of the day will cover code requirements, graywater compatible products and plants, graywater parts and materials identification , calculating irrigation field size and plant water requirements, mulch basin construction, creating a design for your system and maintaining your graywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home complete an installation. Directions to site are given in class.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen & a water bottle!

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

Sat. April 29
9 am - 4pm
Room: 609 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Feb. 27: $35
Register after Feb. 27: $40

 

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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.

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Rainwater Collection Basics

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Rainwater harvesting is a popular alternative for homeowners and gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by collecting rainwater while reducing their water bills. Rainwater can be used to water gardens and for emergency water supply. In this class we will discuss the fundamentals of designing a domestic rainwater harvesting system, how to optimize capture and usage, filtration and distribution.

There will be a lunch break followed by a field trip to visit a local residential rainwater harvesting system project. Directions to site are given in class.

Sat., March 11
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Feb. 27: $35
Register after Feb. 27: $40

 

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Bobby Markowitz - Bobby Markowitz is a licensed landscape architect specializing in rainwater harvesting design. His passion about rainwater harvesting has come out of his 30 years experience in landscaping, from his own organic garden and concern for the environment.

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Feng Shui Fundamentals and Home Design

 

Our homes reflect who we are. We can enhance them to improve health, relationship, career and prosperity. In this class you will be introduced to the original wisdom of Feng Shui from which the Feng Shui principles are based including Taoism, Ying Yang Theory, Five Elements, and more. The Feng Shui Map called The Ba Gua will be introduced in this class.

This class is designed for students to learn the principles of Feng Shui and how to apply them to their home. Whether you are planning to redesign a kitchen, bathroom, office or a complete remodel, or wish to understand the energetics of your site as it exists, then this class is for you. You will learn the tools needed to understand and activate Feng Shui Energetics into your design/site.

Sat., March 25
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey - see bio below

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Feng Shui Design Workshop

 

In this one-day workshop students design their space using Feng Shui principles. We will delve deeper into the meaning of The Feng Shui Map (Ba Gua),learn how to define what’s missing and what’s not in your home’s footprint, and how that can influence your life. Learn many Feng Shui remedies that correct imbalances in your environment and enhance the areas (i.e., prosperity, career, relationships, etc.) that you wish to reinforce.

Create your floor plan and learn how to identify the “power” areas of your home including the “Mouth of Qi”.

Students design a drawing of their space and apply Feng Shui.

Prerequisite: Feng Shui Fundamentals

Sat., March 26
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey - see bio below

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Feng Shui Landscape Design

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Our gardens, patios and the landscape designs around our home reflect who we are, but we can enhance them to improve health, relationships, career and prosperity. In this workshop you will be introduced to the original wisdom of Feng Shui on which the Feng Shui principles are based including Taoism, Ying Yang Theory, Five Elements. The workshop weaves modern methods of landscaping with ancient awareness that the Earth is alive and sacred. It is designed to bring awareness of how you relate to nature and help you come to be in kinship with the land. This day long workshop is an introduction to the world of Feng Shui and how to use of the principles of Feng Shui in your environment.

Students are introduced to basic knowledge of the Ba Gua (Feng Shui Map). Define what’s missing and what’s not in your landscape’s footprint and how that can influence your life. Learn ways to correct the areas that are creating an environment of imbalance.

Students will work on designing their own yard/site to develop their landscaping plan and how to enhance it using Feng Shui principles.

Sat., April 1
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $85

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.

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Take all 3 Feng Shui Workshops for one discounted price:

 

Register by Feb. 27: $198
Register after Feb. 27: $225

plus $15 materials fee payable at registration


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Vanish Your Clutter - For Good!

 

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Do you have too much stuff everywhere? Do you feel stuck and want to move forward? Do you feel like there are obstacles in your path? Clutter can cause you to feel tired, or depressed, or create obstacles to wealth, romance, and opportunity. Clearing clutter improves your health, attitude, emotions, creativity, concentration and so much more!

Now is the time to make it vanish…poof! Learn to identify your clutter type and develop a plan to eliminate it, decide where and how to get started, let go of the past and move forward with your life!

Sat., May 6
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 426

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.

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Bee-Friendly Garden - How to Create a Bee Sanctuary in Your Backyard

 

Would you like to create a beautiful garden and also do your part to save the bees, all in one? A huge part of keeping honey bees healthy is to ensure they have the plants they need to survive available to them year round. Join Emily for this one-day workshop on bee-friendly gardening by starting the day at Cabrillo for a discussion and presentation on native plants, drought tolerant plants, perennial and annual flowering plants and basic bee-friendly landscape design. We’ll then break for lunch and make our way to Native Revival Nursery, just a few minutes from campus, where we will walk the grounds to see, smell and touch some recommended plants for your very own Bee Friendly Garden. This class helps us all save the bees and make our gardens more beautiful at the same time!

Students go home with a small bee-friendly garden starter kit from Native Revival Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

Sat., April 8
11 am - 2 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Feb. 27: $50
Register after Feb. 27: $58

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below

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Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

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Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

2 Sat., March 25 & April 1
9:30 am - 12 noon
Room: 1605

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.
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Do It Yourself Residential Design

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Have you ever considered building your dream home, adding square footage to your home, or perhaps building a granny unit? Did you know that any member of the public can create their own construction drawings, apply for building permits, and actually construct their own structure? If this sounds exciting to you then we invite you to attend an information-packed course that will answer the following questions:

  • What architectural drawing software is easiest to use?
  • What is the process for creating a set of construction drawings?
  • How does one navigate the permit process?
  • How does one finance a construction project?

You will also spend time using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software as well as learn basic architectural design.

Sat., May 13
12 - 4 pm
Room: 801
Register by Feb. 27: $28
Register after Feb. 27: $32

 

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Bill Fisher is a Cabrillo College architecture instructor and local practicing architect of over 40 years.
Gary Marcoccia is a Cabrillo College engineering technology instructor.

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Build Your Dream House

 

Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat., May 6
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 435
Register by Feb. 27: $50
Register after Feb. 27: $58

plus $20 material fee for text payable at class


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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.

 

 

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