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by Jerri Kelley
on May 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Do we know yet when these workshops are going to be offered?
by Lauren Snowden
on May 29, 2015 at 12:06 PM
No dates or location have been set at this time. Thank you for all the excitement surrounding this much needed and highly anticipated workshop.
by Beatrice Ross
on May 30, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Sign me up for Regional Drought workshops.
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM
Announcements will go out to all Master Gardeners once the dates and locations have been selected and confirmed. Keep your eyes open for these announcements in the near future!
by Marilynne Manfredi
on June 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM
This is great! Merced Master Gardeners are already beginning outreach to the community by starting a Drought Committee partnered with the City of Merced's Water Specialist. We have created "Lawn Parties," an idea to enlist "client-volunteers" to host their neighbors to learn about water saving tips from the Merced Master Gardeners. We set up cans to test their sprinklers and inform the group about the need to cut back on excess landscaping watering. Home Dept has donated 5 gallon orange buckets and 3 gallon blue buckets to help the "client-volunteers" capture their warming water and realize how much water is running down the sink. We would be happy to host a Regional Drought Workshop in the future. Please consider Merced for one of your locations! Marilynne Manfredi Merced Master Gardener 209 631-3235
by John Shovein
on June 2, 2015 at 8:40 AM
Great idea. Glenn County would be glad to host a Regional Drought Workshop.
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM
Thank you for your interest! All Master Gardener coordinators have been sent information on how to apply to be a host county for these regional workshops.
by Carol Fall
on June 2, 2015 at 9:32 AM
I hope that one of the regional drought workshops will cover issues in mountain communities like Trinity. We also are required to meet the state reduction goals, even though there's no water shortage. so convincing folks to decrease lawn watering is tough, especially since there are very few lawns. So how do we meet the mandatory reductions? I'd offer to host a workshop in Trinity, but our program loses funding as of July 1. Good luck!!
by Randy Thomson
on June 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Looks interesting and I am interested! Please share the dates, times, and locations ASAP so we may plan attendance.
by Tece Markel
on June 2, 2015 at 4:52 PM
Looking forward to further info!
by Julie Gosler
on June 3, 2015 at 2:42 PM
San Mateo/San Francisco Program would love to host a workshop this fall.
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM
Thank you for your interest! All Master Gardener coordinators have been sent information on how to apply to be a host county for these regional workshops.
by Gabriele A O'Neill
on June 4, 2015 at 10:21 AM
We have been and still are teaching workshops on Gardening in a Drought since beginning of 2014 in partnership with County Special Districts, the local water agency.  
Luckily I had good resources from several other counties and Colorado State University from the beginning. I'm curious to see what new information is going to be made available to us.  
It seems to me that a major issue that needs work are the local greywater regulations, which currently discourage people from using this resource (other than the laundry to landscape set-up) because of the bureaucratic red tape and the cost involved to hire a professional to design and install a system that meets the requirements of Planning Departments (which themselves are very poorly informed about the issue, it seems to me).  
I understand that this is not the turf of the University, but their communication with / education of local planning departments might help the cause along?
by Winona Victery
on June 4, 2015 at 6:25 PM
Please include me in a Solano or nearby county workshop.
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Announcements will go out to all Master Gardeners once the dates and locations have been selected and confirmed. Keep your eyes open for these announcements in the near future!
by Jackie Seidman
on June 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM
I would love to attend as many of these workshops as you make available.  
Please keep us posted.
by Elizabeth A Haffner
on June 5, 2015 at 10:14 PM
I am very interested in this. Sign me up
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Announcements will go out to all Master Gardeners once the dates and locations have been selected and confirmed. Keep your eyes open for these announcements in the near future!
by Liane Veenema
on June 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM
I work at Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair (on the border of San Bernardino Cty and Los Angeles Cty) - we would be happy to host a workshop. The San Bernardino trainees have been using our facilities for the 2015 training. You can contact me at 909-267-3226 or lveenema@cbwcd.org.
Reply by Marcy Sousa
on June 11, 2015 at 11:27 AM
Thank you for your interest! All Master Gardener coordinators have been sent information on how to apply to be a host county for these regional workshops.
 
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