News & Updates

August 5, 2016

Bay-Friendly Lead Trainer, Jennifer de Graaf, on “Drought-Tolerant”

Here in California, we frequently use the term, “drought-tolerant” to refer to plants that are supposedly low water use. But what does “drought-tolerant” mean? Is a “drought-tolerant” plant actually happy in a drought? Our lead trainer for the Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional training program, Jennifer de Graaf, dissects this term using WUCOLS and water use classifications, […]

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July 22, 2016

Curing the Environment through Gardening

We have been thinking a lot about food forests here at ReScape as we expand our programs statewide. Urban landscapes have the potential to conserve water, provide habitat for wildlife, nurture the soil–ideas that we have been teaching in the Bay Area for the last 7 years. Gardens can be healing green oases in our otherwise […]

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July 1, 2016

A Model for Drought Management

A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) offers insight into how California can address environmental water needs utilizing lessons learned from Australia’s extreme drought.  Victoria, Australia has developed key policies and approaches to water management practices that ensure urban, agricultural and environmental water needs are met during times of drought.  These […]

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