Midtown Oasis

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Daily ActsPetaluma | 6,000 sq. ft. Homestead

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Jan and Emily moved into their home in midtown Petaluma in March 2014 and have been busy setting up their garden and urban orchard since well before the last of the boxes and furniture arrived. Jan was transplanting herbs from their previous garden while the boxes were still being carried into the house! Their home, which was built in 1905, was fortunate enough to have previous owners that did a lot to convert the landscaping to an eco-friendly design with sheet mulching and drought tolerant and insect attracting plants. This allowed them to focus their efforts on graywater, composting, raising chickens and bees, and planting a vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Jan and Emily have not one but two greywater systems – their laundry-to-landscape and shower-to-flower greywater systems water fruit trees in separate areas of the yard. In fact, this little oasis boasts a pear tree with four varieties of asian pear grafted on, as well as apple, cherry, nectaplum, nectarine, pomegranate, lemon, and plum trees! The bee hive is built and ready to receive bees that will pollinate the young fruit blossoms. Jan and Emily are enthusiastically learning about bee husbandry from the Sonoma Bee Keeper’s Association. Jan enjoys gardening with their new baby and two sweet chickens for company and looks forward to watching the baby explore this magical garden.

Plant List

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.

 

DA LogoSRJC Petaluma Food Forest

680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma

No Host | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The idea for this garden was born at the 2014 Daily Acts Harvest Party by professor David Kratzmann, and Daily Acts staff Kellen Watson. Inspired by the abundance of the season, the two concocted up visions of SRJC students picking fresh fruit off the tree on their way to class and teachers using real life instead of textbooks to help students discover ecological systems.

That set the ball in motion for a lawn-to-lunch transformation of a section of the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus. The garden was designed by a group of 6 students and community members as part of Daily Acts’ 2014/15 Permaculture Design Certification course.

In 2015, Daily Acts, with fiscal support from the City of Petaluma and the school, helped coordinate and lead volunteers to dig a rain garden, sheet mulch, plant the site, set up drip irrigation, and install a sculptural trellis that serves as an “outdoor classroom.” This little garden now saves 40,000 gallons of water annually while growing figs, persimmons, feijoa, table grapes, kumquat, mediterranean herbs, perennial kale, artichokes, medicinals, and colorful pollinator attractors. There is also a native ethnobotanical section bordering the food forest, which features plants of importance for native people of the region. The school has even installed a community garden on the adjacent lawn area! This garden is young but very exciting.

Plant List

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.

 

Directions

Click here for a map of the SRJC Petaluma Campus. On arrival at the SRJC Petaluma campus head to the parking lot at the back of the property. The food forest is located slightly to the south of the physical fitness center (building 800).