Natural Systems

Total Native Bee Experience

A Presentation & Video By Beverly Turner

pixabay nature 3308223 1920 smBees are an essential part of the California agriculture and natural environment. We all know about the many bees that are brought into California to pollinate our agricultural crops. But what about our native bees? Where do they fit in? Join us for this very interesting presentation where Beverly Turner will be showing a National Geographic video on bees.

Soil Health for Carbon Sequestration in the Face of Climate Change

A Presentation By Elizabeth Guimarin

elizabeth soil 1In the face of climate change, healthy soils can remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. It can change agriculture and land management from a major cause of climate change to a solution within reach! Storing carbon in the soil is an important solution to climate change and offers many additional benefits such as, increased water abundance, moderation of extreme weather, food security and good livelihoods for farmers and ranchers. Whether you live in an urban or rural area in California, we can all participate in regenerating land by capturing carbon through soil health.

• How can we drawdown carbon with healthy soils?
• How does regenerating landscapes sequester carbon and stabilize the climate?
• What is being done in California? What can we do?
Please join us for this interesting presentation!

Hungry? Check Out Your Backyard, Not The Store!

A Presentation By Rod Kirk
pixabay claytonia perfoliata 846509 1920 sm2With just a little bit of knowledge, one could easily survive being stranded out in the wilderness without dying of hunger. We are so used to our routine of going to the supermarket to buy the food for our breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Did you realize that there is a "free supermarket" all around us all that we can harvest for our table? These areas include our backyards, parks, open areas, empty lots, and other such places.

In today's EGG meeting, we will take a look at some of the wild edible plants that we could be making use of. Most of these edibles pack way more vitamins and minerals than our grocery story relatives. We will view some informative and recent videos and have some discussion.

Join us for this interesting session which hopefully will entice you to start some exploring and harvesting on your own!

What Is Soil And Soil Health?

A Presentation By Elizabeth Guimarin

elizabeth soil 1Soil is the foundation of civilizations. Most people don’t consider its significance as we move, build and live on top of it. Most of our food, fiber and fuel depends on it. Indeed, our psychological and physical health depends on it. Soil also has a powerful potential to provide water abundance and climate stability. We will look at what it is about Soil that makes these things possible.

-  What is a Soil?
-  What is Soil Health?
-  And why does it matter?
“The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Join us for this very interesting and "down to earth" presentation!

Soil Health for Water and Climate

A Presentation By Elizabeth Guimarin

pixabay soil 766281 1920 smIt’s time to ask ourselves, what is possible? It’s time to pull our understanding of natural living systems together and manage land for better soil health, human health, and planet health. Looking at any piece of open land from a residential yard, urban parks, farms and ranches, statewide and planet scale landscapes, its condition can be improved to cumulatively contribute to water abundance and climate stability.

> What is the small water cycle?
> What can soil as a sponge do for us?
> What is one small thing?
Learn about the power of small patterns to cycle into big impacts.

Join us for this exciting presentation!

Rain Gardens – Turn Rain Into Beauty In Your Garden

A Presentation By Shelkie Tao

Rain Garden 2 fix sm2When it rains and all the raindrops fall on our roof, have you thought about where the rainwater go to?  Well, most of it just goes down the sewer, into the creeks and rivers, and eventually out to the ocean.  In the past, stormwater was viewed as a something akin to waste; something we’d get rid of as soon as possible.  Not any more.  After the historic drought of the last 5 years, everyone realizes how valuable water – in any source or form – is.  When it comes to rainwater, in addition to rain barrels, there is another great and more direct way to capture and use it.  Better yet, it can be turned into beauty in your garden.  How? Come join the discussion and find out more.
Please join us for this interesting session!
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