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Harvest the Rain, Book-signing & Talk with Nate Downey

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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Harvest the Rain, Book-signing & Talk with Nate Downey
Evening Talk, Thursday, Oct 20, 7-9:30pm 2011
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, Donation $5

"Every drop of rain is an opportunity, every storm a resource"  Nate Downey
If we want thriving landscapes, abundant food, strong communities, and sustainable economies, we can start by treasuring the rain.

Join Nate Downey, author of the newly published book Harvest the Rain on October 20, 7-9:30pm for a talk and book-signing event at the Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, as he shares thoughts and strategies for taking advantage of rain, a precious resource that falls free from the sky.

For millennia, people relied on rainwater harvesting to supply water for households, landscape, livestock, and agricultural uses. Today, our planet's water shortage is a reality for people worldwide, but actually enough precipitation falls annually to provide ample water for everybody.  We simply have to collect, store, distribute, and reuse just a small percentage of that which falls from the sky.

Fortunately this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property's value, lowering your utility bills, or simply creating a comfortable oasis outside your door.

Nate Downey shows you the way with his practical book that anyone can use to begin implementing rainwater harvesting designs today.
Harvest the Rain is low tech, designed for everyone, everywhere, even for those with limited time and money.  In addition to cisterns, gray water, and earthworks, the book shares important ways to help protect your local watershed.

Nate Downey has been a successful permaculture landscape designer and installer for eighteen years with his company Santa Fe Permaculture; a columnist for the last twelve years for the Santa Fe New Mexican Real Estate Guide, and a past President of the Permaculture Credit Union.  He published Roof Reliant Landscaping in 2008.

The event takes place on Thursday, October 20, 7- 9:30pm, at the Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St, in downtown Santa Barbara.  Donation $5, no reservations required.  The event is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & the Permaculture Credit Union.

More info,,, (805) 962-2571

***Nate Downey Booktour: Sept 27-Oct 30 Portland Oregon to San Diego . Official tour sponsor, Permaculture Credit Union

Additional Resources:

    * Website Harvest the Rain Book
    * Roof Reliant Landscaping ebook New Mexico Office of Engineer
    * Santa Fe Permaculture
    * American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Annual meeting Sept 27-29 Portland Oregon
    * Nate Downey on You Tube:

Tour Dates

September 28th, Portland, OR  Wednesday 6:30pm, 5441 Southeast Belmont Street,  Tabor Space


Contact : 503-238-3904

Sponsored by: &

Oct. 1st  Portland OR  , Saturday, private daytime event,

Contact: Mighk Simpson    planet

Sponsored by:

Ocr. 2nd, Eugene OR Sunday, 6pm,  1641 West Broadway,

Contact: Robert Bolman  541-344-7196

Sponsored by:

Oct. 3rd, Ashland  OR Monday, TBA

October 5th,  Arcata CA Wednesday,  event at CCAT TBA

Contact: Eric

Oct. 6th, Willits CA Thursday 6pm, “How to “ talk, at the grange

Contact:  Peter Norris,  707-456-9968,

Oct. 7th, Lakeport CA  Friday, 3-5pm, Watershed Books, 305 North Main Street,

Contact: Cheri Holden, 707-263-5787

Sponsored by: Watershed Books,

Oct. 8th, Lucerne CA Saturday, daytime, October Fest, Lucerne Harbor Park, 6225 East hwy 20,

Contact: James Wilke 707-274-2782

Sponsored by: Lake County FLOW group

Oct. 8th, Hopland CA, Saturday,  6-8p, Solar Living Center,

Contact:  Vaughn and Karen 707-472-2450,

Sponsored by:

Oct.9th,Oakland CA Sunday, day event,  Merritt College,  12500 Campus Drive,

Contact: Christopher Shein  and Ken Litchfield

Sponsored by: Christopher Shein

Oct.10th,  Windsor CA Monday, TBA

Contact: Erin and Traethen Daily Acts  & Brock

Sponsored by: and

Oct. 11th to be announced

Oct. 12th, Santa Cruz CA, Wednesday, evening event, Santa Cruz, Ca. TBA

Concact:  Ken Foster,  831-359-5717

Sponsored by:

Oct. 13th, Berkeley CA, Thursday, 7-9p book talk, Builders Book Source, 1817 Fourth Street,

Contact: George  510-845-6874,

Sponsored by:

Oct 14th, San Francisco CA, Friday,  panel discussion, SLOW Money National  Gathering Ft. Mason, The Festival Pavilion,

Oct. 14th,  Berkley CA,  Friday, 7-9p, “How to “talk, The Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo, Berkley, Ca. (near Dwight Way)

Contact: Alison Moreno  510 548-3402

Sponsored by:

Oct. 15th, Saturday, open

Oct. 16th, Sunday, open

Oct. 17th, Big Sur CA, Monday, 8-10p, Esalen, 55000 Highway 1,.

Contact: Kat Steele

Sponsored by:

Oct. 18th , San Luis Obispo ,Tuesday. evening TBA

Contact: Ken Haggard and  Mikel Robertson

Sponsored by:

Oct.19th, 11am-12pm,  book talk,S BCC Farmers’ Market, SBCC, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Ca.

Oct.19th, Ojai Wednesday ,7-8:30pm,  book talk, Chapparel Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave. ,

Donation: suggested $2

Contact:  Deborah 805-669-8445, 649-8631, cell 805-331-4348

Sponsored by:

Oct. 20th, Meiners Oak ,Thursday 9:30-11a,  coffee talk, Farmer and the Cook  339 W. El Roblar,  805-646-0960

Contact:  Carla 805-816-8188,


Oct. 20th, Santa Barbra CA, Thursday, 7-9:30, book talk, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library 40 East Anapamu,  $5

Contact:  Margie Bushman 805-962-2571


Oct.21st, Ventura CA Friday,  evening book talk, Ventura Library, Ventura, Ca.  TBA

Contact: Antonio

Sponsored by:

Oct. 22nd, Santa Barbara CA, Saturday, 12-1p, “Every Storm is a Resource” lecture, Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, 1212 Mission Canyon Road,

Fee: $5/reservations required

Contact: Judy Sanregret 805-682-4726,

Sponsored by:

Oct. 22nd,Saturday, evening event, Los Olivos Grange, Los Olivos, Ca.  TBA

Oct. 24th, San Diego CA, Monday  TBA

Oct. 25th, Tuesday, North Hills CA, Tuesday,  7-10pm, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave

Contact:  Carol N. Hart  818-831-5694 or © 818-81-9387

Sponsored by: and

Oct. 26th, Winchester CA, Wednesday.evening book talk, Westchester Permaculture Guild.. TBA

Contacts: John Tikotsky 310-820-3787

Oct. 28th  Los Angeles.Ca Friday  Café Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 West Adams Blvd, 323-931-4636

Contacts:  Larry Santoyo,  Camille Cimino  213-924-5238

Sponsored by:

Oct. 29th, Long Beach CA  Saturday, 2pm 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, Ca

Contacts: Ty Teissere 562-314-7509

Sponsored by:  Long Beach Permaculture Guild and the City's Office of Sustainability

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