MG 2011 Earth Skills Training: Rainwater Harvesting

Saturday Nov 5, 10am-4pm

Located at the California Hotel Garden & Greenhouse
3501 San Pablo Ave.,
Oakland (enter garden at 35th & Chestnut at the back of the hotel)

Sponsored by MG and co-hosted by Peoples Grocery, featuring Greywater Action & Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and the Water Institute

Barrels being installed at MG during permaculture course

“Water is Life” is a globally used slogan that captures the critical necessity all living things have for this precious element. And yet, it has been turned into a profit-making commodity which prevents numerous communities from accessing clean water for their health and survival. Now it is even being leveraged against poor communities in the US, violating a fundamental human right and further marginalizing people.

Through this workshop we will talk about water management and learn about one step we can take towards becoming stewards of our own water supply again. We will install a simple and effective system to capture & store rainwater that falls on our roofs. This system is low-cost & low-tech and easy to duplicate in many urban settings!


  • Comfortable clothes & shoes that can get dirty
  • Hat in case of sun or drizzle
  • Notebook and pencil for drawing & taking notes
  • Work gloves (optional)


  • Lunch!
  • Hands-on experience installing water catchment barrels
  • Reference materials to take home
  • Meet and work along side other community members working for justice & resilience in their communities!

Space is limited, priority given to community-based organizations. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Carla M. Perez with Movement Generation at: 510.649.1475 or

Download the event flyer (pdf) in ENGLISH or SPANISH.