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Cabrillo Extension Classes
Green, Home and Garden

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To assist homeowners and conservation minded residents
an innovative partnership has been formed!

have partnered to offer a series of workshops about water conservation strategies for your home.
Discounts are available to customers of these water districts for the following classes:

            • The A to Z of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
            • Graywater: Laundry to Landscape Irrigation Systems
            • Water Wise Landscaping

A limited number of discounts for these classes are available for customers of
City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilites, Soquel Creek Water District and Scotts Valley Water District.


Step 1. Use the numbers below to call your water district and ask to be put on the list for this discount.

  • Soquel Creek Water District: 831-475-8501 x.142
  • Scotts Valley Water District: 831-600-1907
  • City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilites: 831-768-3103

Step 2. Call the Cabrillo Extension office at 479-6331 and register over the phone. Let the Extension staff member know you would like the Water District Discount!


The A to Z of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting is a popular alternative for homeowners and gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by collecting rainwater while reducing their water bills. Rainwater can be used to water gardens and for emergency water supply. In this class we will discuss the fundamentals of designing a domestic rainwater harvesting system, how to optimize capture and usage, filtration and distribution. Graywater systems will also be discussed.

There will be a lunch break followed by a field trip to visit two nearby residential rainwater harvesting system projects.

Sat., June 14
10 am - 3 pm
Room 711

Register by June 9: $78
Register after June 9: $85

Discounts available, see above for details.

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Bobby Markowitz is a licensed landscape architect specializing in rainwater harvesting design. His passion about rainwater harvesting has come out of his 30 years experience in landscaping, from his own organic garden and concern for the environment.


Graywater: Laundry to Landscape Irrigation System

This class gives participants information on repurposing water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Participants will learn about current plumbing code standards, gray water compliant products, irrigation techniques, system design, installation, materials and tools required to complete their own residential system.


Sat., June 21
10 am - 3 pm
Room 711
Register by June 9: $78
Register after June 9: $85

Discounts available, see above for details.


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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.


Water Wise Landscaping

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of how to transform your yard into a beautiful landscape that uses little to no water. Topics will include plants, alternative water sources such as graywater and rainwater, and local resources available to help you make your water wise landscape a reality. Participants are encouraged to bring photos, plans or drawings of their own yards, ask questions and participate in discussion. The class will visit several local water wise landscapes in the afternoon for inspiration.

Sat., May 17
9 am - 3 pm
Room 405
Register by Feb. 10: $78
Register after Feb. 10: $85

Discounts available, see above for details.

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Golden Love is a horticulturalist, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor and lifelong avid gardener who has worked in sustainable landscaping for nearly 30 years. He specializes in local landscapes that are “water neutral” and is an expert on rain harvesting and greywater systems.


Build Your Dream House

Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat., October 11
10am - 1 pm
Room 435

Fee: $58
plus $20 text payable at class


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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County.


Foreclosures: Less Risk, More Rewards

Many people want to buy residential properties in foreclosure at substantial discounts but don’t know how to uncover title or debt to establish equity. Warren has taught hundreds of people over 20 years how to make such purchases with minimal risk and cash.

This three-hour workshop illustrates the four-part foreclosure process with handouts and emphasizes how to buy the best discounted properties at trustees’ sales. This can be a rewarding investment of your time and money. Topics include:

  • The complete foreclosure process
  • How to uncover the best discounted property
  • Risks and rewards of purchasing property
  • How to step through the total research process to establish actual equity through governmental support available in all California counties.

Sat., Sept 27
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 435
Register by June 9: $48
Register after June 9: $54


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Warren Racine has been a licensed real estate agent/ broker for over 40 years. He has taught thousands of people how to uncover title and debt to establish equity in residential properties in foreclosure. He has been teaching his workshops throughout california for over 30 years.


Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

Whether you are considering a facelift or a complete overhaul for your kitchen, this two-Saturday workshop will ensure you have the information you need to avoid the ‘if I had only known’ syndrome. We will cover design trends, product innovations, top 10 remodeling mistakes, budgets, and schedules, along with many other helpful topics. You will leave this workshop with an action plan for creating a kitchen that meets your financial goals and reflects your personal esthetic.

2 Sat., August 9 & 16
9 - 11:45 am
Room: 512
Register by June 9: $65
Register after June 9: $75


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Yvonne Ross has received certification for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. Working as a field project manager she has managed all phases of construction from permits to material selection and installation for over 250 kitchens.



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