Santa Rosa | Medicinal, Aromatic, Food and Habitat Homestead
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Food (veggies and fruit trees), Aromatic, Native and Medicinal Herb Gardening.
- Laboratory/Medicinal Plant Formulary.
- Laundry-to-landscape graywater system installed by Daily Acts.
Homeowner Amy introduces her garden:
Herban Allies is a 9,000 square foot urban homestead located in the Junior College neighborhood in Santa Rosa dedicated to cultivating healthy & resilient lifestyles. We apply permaculture principles and our landscape is low water, edible and aromatic, with ample wildlife habitat. We re-use and recycle whenever possible; for example, our old concrete sidewalk was cut into pavers and transformed into an urbanite pathway leading to the backyard. We conserve water via a drip irrigation system, selecting mainly native and/or drought tolerant plants and re-use water via a grey water laundry to landscape irrigation system installed by Daily Acts.
With the help of a landscape architect, we designed the front landscape and recently added drip irrigation and a small orchard in the large back garden. We are constantly transforming this land into an urban “herban” homestead with the goal of connecting modern life and nature. We are a pesticide free zone.
The small front yard, once covered with invasive Bermuda grass, is now a drought tolerant landscape of native and aromatic plants that provide food and habitat, installed in 2017.
The large, 7,000 square foot, back garden is a place to grow food and medicinal plants that we preserve in many forms including hydrosols, tinctures, teas, infused oils, honeys, and other herbal medicines for the community. We offer community classes on nutrition and herbal medicine, including how to select, cultivate, harvest, process and utilize individualized herbal medicine for your garden.
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.
Graywater & Rainwater Harvesting
In California graywater includes water from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, and clothes washing machines, but does not include water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers. Though all of these sources represent great opportunities to transform waste to resource, the Laundry-to-Landscape system is the simplest, most cost-effective, and does not require a permit, making it an excellent place to start!
Laundry-to-landscape installation workshops are frequently available from folks such as Daily Acts and the City of Santa Rosa. These workshops are a great way to learn more before installing your system.
City of Santa Rosa water customers can take advantage of a graywater rebate of $75 per qualifying fixture. Visit their website for further information, terms, and conditions.
Rainwater harvesting is the simple act of collecting the rainwater that runs off the hardscapes on your site for beneficial use. There are passive methods for rainwater harvesting, including infiltration basins and bio-swales, that slow or stop the flow of runoff across your site. This allows stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, hydrating soils and recharging groundwater. And there are active methods of rainwater harvesting, such as catching and storing the water in barrels for later use. If used in the garden, stored rainwater will hydrate soils and recharge groundwater. With active rainwater harvesting, you control when and how the water is used.
City of Santa Rosa water customers can take advantage of a rainwater harvesting rebate of $0.25 per gallon of storage. Visit their website for further information, terms, and conditions.