Connect and learn about the attendees at the inaugural

Women and the Environment Conference!

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Barbara Wishingrad

Coordinator/Executive Director

Sweetwater Collaborative

Santa Barbara


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What key words best describe your hope for the future?

community, local, soil, new water sources

Describe what are you working on in the field of climate change, environmental protection, environmental justice or social impact.

Sweetwater Collaborative focuses on water wise education and re-landscaping, through classes, presentations and community hands-on workshops where we install sustainable features like rain gardens, greywater systems, foot forests and Mediterranean or native landscapes. We emphasis keeping or putting carbon in the soil by increasing soil biology and permeability through the combination of mulch, rainwater, compost tea and appropriate plants. Once or twice a year, we offer Sweet Water Wise Tours of properties that we have helped to transform with beautiful, water saving landscapes. We aim to give the support and guidance that each community member needs to be able to make the water wise changes that are right for their context. Sweetwater uses Sociocracy as our governance model which honors every member’s opinion and voice.
I am also one of seven founding members of Regenerative Landscape Alliance (ReGen for short), a workers’ cooperative that is committed to similar goals and is able to do more complex projects than Sweetwater because our work crews are trained in horticulture, Permaculture and other sustainable practices. We are pushing the edge of both environmental and social

How might other W&E conference attendees be able to support your work, goals or objectives?

Sweetwater invites you to attend and spread the word about our hands-on workshops and take the time to open your hearts and hands to working in community for the good of the land.
We are also in need of guidance with grant writing and funding sources to be able to make the most impact in our important work, as well as help connecting us with individual donors who would be honored to support our cause.
We are looking for public or private, nonresidential properties to transform in our hands-on workshops.

What are you able and willing to contribute to other attendees at the conference to support their work, goals or objectives?

We have in the past and will continue to promote related activities of other organizations in our community. We have enjoyed partnering with other organizations and agencies for the good of all and invite others to continue or offer those opportunities.

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