Pilot Training Program

Pilot Training Program May – September 2015

Focus Areas: Rainwater harvest and retention; laundry-to-landscape greywater systems; edible landscaping; chicken-keeping; small business start-up and operation; Solano urban agriculture laws.

At the end of the Program trainees will design, plan and implement a demonstration food forest installation/lawn replacement project in Benicia.

FREE TRAINING / MENTORING PROGRAM

When:   May – September 2015 (4 intensive weekends and flexible hours/tasks)

Where:  Benicia

Who:     Residents of Benicia, Suisun City, Dixon and Rio Vista
(income limits for enrollment – please inquire)

Preferred: background in horticulture and/or small construction / handyman / plumbing

To apply: Please send us a letter of interest describing your background, current business (if applicable), and your vision for your personal contribution to our community’s sustainability to info@benciacommunitygardens.org.

Pilot Program Schedule:

May 20, 2015 “Orientation to the Land Caretakers Program”: 6 pm – 9 pm, 555 First Street, Benicia

May 31, 2015 “Urban Chicken Keeping Foundation”: 10 am – 4 pm, various locations of chicken coops in Benicia

June 7, June 13-14 “Food Forest Foundation”: 9 am – 5 pm each day; various locations of Benicia demonstration food forests

June 22, 23 – USDA/UC Davis “Urban Poultry” training:  9 am – 5 pm each day, UC Davis

June 24,  June 25, 5 pm – 9 pm: “Building irrigation system”

July 7, 5 pm – 9 pm: “Measuring slopes/building swales”, Benicia Community Orchard

July 8, 5 pm – 9 pm: “Mulching and other water retention techniques”, Demo Food Forest/BCO

July 12, 1 pm – 6 pm: “Building a Chicken Coop” workshop, part 1, Benicia Makerspace , Industrial Park

August 13, 6:30 pm – 8 pm: “Launching and running a landscaping business in Solano County”, Solano Community College, Vallejo Campus

August 29, 9 am – 12 pm: “Building a Chicken Coop” workshop, part 2, “Greyhawk” Food Forest,

September 9, 15, 16, 7 pm – 9 pm: “Design and planning of the semi-independent food forest installation”, location TBA

September 6, 1 pm – 5 pm: “New project: what to look for” – an introduction to client’s initial visit and evaluation of  property’s potential, including water budget, land characteristic, soil,  sun/wind, client’s vision for sustainable landscape and our recommendations.

September 10, 7 pm – 10 pm: “New project planning” – design, plant and material lists, sourcing, work scheduling, other considerations

September 12, 9 am – 5 pm: “Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation, mature landscape”, location in Benicia TBA

September 13, 9 am – 5 pm: “Laundry to Landscape Greywater System Installation, new landscape”, location in Benicia TBA

September 15, 7 pm – 10 pm: “Social enterprises, collectives, cooperatives and other forms of socially responsible business enterprises”

September 19, 20, 26, 27, 9 am – 5 pm: “Semi-Independent Food Forest Installation” in Benicia

October 2, 6 pm: Graduation Party

Dates TBD:

  • Follow up SBA workshop
  • Individual consultations with SBA staff (by appointment)
  • Solano County urban agriculture laws and regulations