Landfill to Landscape in Altadena, CA: Hands-on Hugelkultur Workshop

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Hugelkultur Berms: What Are They? How to Build Them? And Why? Including an introduction to other Regenerative Practices

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EVENT THEME - Witness how we will be planting 24" box and 15 gallon Citrus trees in our hugel.


Join Regenerative Garden Designers Leigh Adams and Shawn Maestretti for a hands-on opportunity to learn how to build a Hugelkultur berm to retain moisture, build healthy soil and grow a healthy garden.

What is Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur (noun - German - translates to "mound culture") is a horticultural technique where mounds constructed of wood material, such as felled trees and other compostable bio-mass, are used as raised planting beds. Practiced in Germany and Eastern European societies for hundreds of years, the technique is being revitalized as an important, sustainable solution in modern regenerative gardens.

  • Regenerative Benefits of Hugelkultur:
  • Sequesters carbon on site by burying debris and woody material in the ground
  • Retains moisture on site through rainwater capture and the physics of thermal mass
  • Improves soil health due to an increase of nutrients from the decaying wood and the subsequent increase of mycorrhizal fungi and other organisms in the soil/food/web
  • Landforming not only helps to slow and allow water to infiltrate, but creates an opportunity for natural screening and orchestrating experiences in the garden
  • Enhancing habitat value
  • And much, much more.....

Refreshments, lunch and water will be served. Please bring sunscreen, comfortable clothing, sensible, protective shoes/boots, gloves and a water bottle. Our goal is to create zero-waste to net positive events with your help.

Come experience the start of many Landfill to Landscape workshops so we can share these easy and accessible practices in our community.

Start time at 8:00 am for morning refreshments and introduction.

FOR QUESTIONS - Email shawn@smgarchitecture.com

PLEASE NOTE - Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. If you cannot attend, you may share your ticket with a friend.

ADDITIONALLY - We will be filming this event as a timelapse video for education and promotion of our practices. You will be required to sign a media release agreement. Each of the attendees will have access to the video to share in their community.

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