Throughout the year, , the Petaluma sustainability nonprofit holds workshops that teach locals everything from setting up an edible garden to retrofitting their homes to make them more energy efficient. Now they’ve teamed up with the Rivertown Revival festival to connect positive actions to the wellbeing of the local watershed.
As part of the effort, the groups are encouraging residents to take small, but significant actions toward creating a more sustainable ecosystem and registering them on their website. This can be anything from installing a grey water system that stores and reuses rainwater to taking out a lawn and converting it into an edible garden.
According to Daily Acts, each one of these simple actions increases the health of the watershed by reducing toxins, reducing demand on city water resources, and increasing mindfulness about where water comes from and where it goes when it leaves our property.
The collaboration is part of the 350 Home & Garden Challenge started two years ago, when Daily Acts registered 628 “garden actions” throughout Sonoma County. The following year, the number almost doubled and this year the group hopes to inspire 2,012 actions by May 13.
In Petaluma, the bigger, community projects will include a Rivertown Garden at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center and a 4,000 square foot lawn transformation at the Petaluma Valley Health Center that will become an educational food garden and save tens of thousands of gallons of water each year.
So what will your positive action be?