Irrigation Scheduling Made Easy with Sprinkler Times!

sprinkler-timesIf you pay a City of Napa water bill, you‘re eligible for their rebates and water conservation devices. One of the newest conservation methods the City is encouraging residents to use is called “Sprinkler Times” and it’s an easy to use online program and app that generates customized monthly irrigation schedules for your landscape. The City of Napa has teamed up with Sprinkler Times to offer local water customers a FREE 1-Year Registration. With most lawns and gardens overwatered, proper programming and more frequent adjustment of standard irrigation controllers could help save 30% on outdoor water use and trim those water bills! Both home gardeners and commercial landscape managers will benefit from Sprinkler Times, allowing standard controllers to mimic the benefits of the more expensive “Smart” controllers. To get started on saving water, visit www.sprinklertimes.com to see How It Works – just scroll to the bottom of the Home Page and click on the “If you have a promo code” line, then enter promotional code NapaH2O (the letter “O”, not zero) and click “Submit”. Fill in the required registration information (name, email, password, etc.) and your Free purchase is complete. Once you’ve completed registration, there’s an easy “Follow the Sprinkler Times” 3-step process. With the City’s Free Water-Wise Home Survey and Business Survey programs, their Water Conservation Representatives can even help you get started with your free Sprinkler Times registration and programming the initial monthly watering schedule into your controller. In the spring of 2012, Sprinkler Times was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and in BioCycle and Lawn & Landscape magazines. For more information, visit the City of Napa Water Division’s Water Conservation website here.

Water Conservation Rebates Available to Unincorporated Napa County Residents and Businesses!

save-our-waterNapa County Flood Control and Water Resources is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase of High Efficiency Toilets (HETs), to help increase water conservation. HETs are 1.28 gallons per flush or less and must have the U.S EPA WaterSense® label. Residents and businesses located in the unincorporated County that do not pay a water bill to the City of American Canyon, City of Napa, Town of Yountville, City of St. Helena or City of Calistoga, may receive a rebate for approved expenses up to $100 per toilet with a two toilet maximum per household or business. To qualify for the rebate, HETs must replace toilets older than 1993 or that use 3.5 gallons per flush or greater. To get the HET rebate, Email David.Briggs@countyofnapa.org with your name, address, and age or flush volume of your toilet(s).

In addition to rebates for energy-efficient appliances, free water-saving devices like faucet aerators, showerheads, shower timers and hose timers, are available to residents who live in unincorporated Napa County. Stop by the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Office at 804 First Street in Napa and pick yours up today and don’t forget to ask about their incentives for rainwater harvesting too!

Residents in unincorporated Napa County are also eligible for washer rebates from PG&E and the County. To help save water and energy, rebates from $50 to $200 are available for purchasing a qualifying energy-efficient clothes washer. To learn more about washer rebates, including links to lists of qualifying models, visit http://www.waterenergysavings.com/ or call PG&E at 1-800-933-9555

New Napa Farmers Guild Forming

the-farmers-guildJoin local farmers, ranchers and sustainable food advocates working to establish an integrated network where local California farmers can connect, collaborate and find resources they need to thrive.      A new chapter is forming in Napa and whether you’re new to farming, or come from a family that has farmed for generations, everyone has something to learn and share. The Farmers Guild believes that a healthy and robust food system is founded on real relationships between agriculture and those who depend on it. By stimulating stronger local economies, members help create social equity and sustain natural resources. The group’s core values include: sustainability, cooperation and inclusivity and supporting the economic viability of local agriculture and the social networks necessary to attract, cultivate and sustain a new generation of farmers ready to work the land and build a healthier food system. With the average age of the American farmer reaching 60 and the need for innovative methods to grow food more sustainably, the best way to insure the future of our food, communities and planet, is to assure that we have an educated, creative and thoughtful new generation of farmers. If you’re not a farmer, you can still be part of this new community of local eaters, farmland champions and agrarian heroes. There’s no commitment, only a desire to engage with your food, community and local farms in a meaningful way; and lots of ways to take action: from joining a local CSA, leasing your backyard to an aspiring farmer, attending a Farmers Guild barn party, or offering your own expertise to other farmers. Financial assistance is available for continued education in the fields of land stewardship, animal husbandry, marketing, soil science, business planning, water conservation and other skills that promote their success as food producers. If you’d like to get involved, contact evan@farmersguild.org.