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There are many reasons to consider edible gardening. It can be a hobby that promotes exercise and healthy living. Learning about crops and beautifying the home are other great reasons along with the aspect of saving money on groceries. In addition, edible gardens influence sustainable practices and reduce our environmental impact. Growing crops at home reduces the need to drive to the market and decreases the use of chemicals, pesticides and artificial fertilizers that contaminate our groundwater. Maintaining a lawn may be an aesthetic for some homeowners but there are not many benefits to watering turf, whereas watering an edible garden benefits families in aforementioned ways. While edible gardens require water, it is important to learn how to properly water them in order to not be wasteful. This class covers planning, soil preparation, warm season and cool season veggies, biennial and perennial crops, planting, watering, and, weed and pest management.
CLIA, CIT, QWELL, CWM
Brian Duvardo works closely with clients in the private and public sector, as a consultant on water conservation programs. He has extensive knowledge of water-efficient systems, sustainable landscaping, best management practices, water-use surveys and high efficiency irrigation systems. He conducts workshops and facilitates presentations to large groups. He has designed, built and maintained various water-efficient gardens, which are AB 1881 compliant. As a water surveyor, he has performed over 500 residential, commercial and large landscape surveys. He is also a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor.