Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Cavanagh Food Forest


Daily ActsCommunity Powered Permaculture Landscape

This garden is featured in the Daily Acts Rockin’ Homestead Tour.

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Once a thirsty lawn, this 3,000 sq. ft. space now offers a beautiful, productive, abundant permaculture landscape – a “Food Forest” – that mimics nature and reduces water use onsite by 80%. Installed in 2009, over three days with the support of over 150 community volunteers, this edible oasis offers medicine, bears fruit, creates habitat, and offers insight on how to reconnect to nature, build community and thrive. This garden was created by first sheet mulching the existing lawn and digging swales and water retention ponds to help collect and keep water in the landscape and prevent runoff. In addition the site has two rain water catchment systems in place that feed the drip irrigation and offset water use throughout the summer months.

Plant List

California Natives

  1. Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
  2. Carex pansa (California Meadow Sedge)
  3. Ceanothus spp. (California Lilac)
  4. Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud)
  5. Erigonum spp. (Buckwheat)
  6. Grindelia spp. (Dune Gum Plant)
  7. Juncus patens (Blue Rush)
  8. Lupinus spp. (Lupine)
  9. Penstemon spp. (Beard Tongue)
  10. Prunella vulgaris (Self Heal)
  11. Rhamnus californica (Coffeeberry)
  12. Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Current)
  13. Sambucus mexicana (Elderberry)
  14. Satureja douglasii (Yerba Buena)

Other Ornamentals

  1. Lavendula spp. (Lavender)
  2. Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusulum Sage)
  3. Rosemarinus spp. (Rosemary)
  4. Tagetes spp. (Mexican Marigold)

Fruit Trees

Apple (Grange pippin, Liberty), Asian Pear, Citrus – Mandarin Owari Satsuma, Fig, Peach, Pear – Red Bartlett, Plum – Burgundy, Pomegranate, and Tomcot Apricot

Other Edibles

Blueberry, Chilean guava, Chives, Gooseberry, Lemon balm, Nasturtium, Oregeno, Sage, Strawberry, and Thyme


Aloe, Comfrey, Echinacea, and Feverfew

City of Petaluma Mulch Madness Program

mulch-madness-logo.gif.pagespeed.ce.9cPYF7AAfVBetween April 1 and October 1 the City of Petaluma is offering free mulch, compost, cardboard, an irrigation conversion kit and free native plants from a local native plant nursery to those customers who wish to sheet mulch their existing turf. This even includes delivery of the mulch, compost and cardboard. It’s Madness! Further details about the program are available here.