Central CA Greywater Community and Resources

Rainwater Harvesting

Brad Lancaster from Rainwater Harvesting is a true greywater leader who has written a two-volume textbook series entitled “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond”  Daniel from Day One Solar has taught alongside Brad Lancaster at Quail Springs Permaculture Research Institute during the Sustainable Vocations for Youth course in the summer of ’12.

Central Coast Greywater Alliance

This alliance is dedicated to greywater on the California Central Coast.  They feature a “1,000 Greywater System Challenge” regional map that we plan to be a part of shortly.  They also offer information on rebates and materials for greywater.

Ecology Action

Ecology Action is an organization that works alongside state and county municipalities to deliver home efficiency and other ecological services.  They have multiple water based services and programs, including the Monterey Bay Friendly Lanscape program.  The goal of this program is to, “encourage behavior changes that lessen the impact of conventional landscape practices.”

Oasis Design

Art Ludwig of Oasis Design is a highly qualified greywater practitioner with an extensive website that provides lots of very useful information.  Their page called “Greywater Central” has information on state policy, design, common mistakes, safety and more.  Daniel at Day One Solar has worked with Art, who was teaching alongside Brad Lancaster at Quail Springs in the summer of ’12.

Mountain Feed & Farm Supply

A local company that offers equipment for bee keeping, rainwater catchment, greywater systems, aquaponics and more.

Central CA Aquaponics Community & Resources

Travis W. Hughey of F.A.S.T. has created an open source manual called “Barrel-ponics” that can be downloaded for free by clicking the link.  FAST is a faith based organization that has created this amazing open source plan based on utilizing materials that may be found free of charge to nourish people in poverty.

Will Allen of Growing Power has built a reputation in the Mid-West by engaging youth in aquaponics.  They currently have operations in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison.  “The ultimate direction of Will’s life truly changed when young people from the neighborhood, including kids who lived in the largest low-income public housing project in Milwaukee, began to ask him for advice and assistance with growing their own vegetables. Almost overnight, Will took up the mantle of teacher and trainer, and the impromptu gathering of neighborhood children became the Youth Corps, a program that continues today. In 1995, Growing Power Inc. was born: a not-for-profit center for urban agriculture training and building community food security systems.”

Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics is a renowned aquaponics practitioner in Australia.  Australia, a.k.a. ‘The Desert Continent’ has adopted aquaponics more rapidly than other places due to drought.  Family-sized backyard aquaponic systems are likely to become more common in places such as California as well due to drought.

Jon Parr of Fishnet (commercial) and Schoolgrown  (non-profit) is referred to as one of the leading experts in aquaponics in the USA.  He is local to the Monterey Bay Area, and Schoolgrown has recently installed one of their first educational greenhouses at San Lorenzo Valley High School in Felton, CA.  Schoolgrown was also featured on a PBS article here.

Sylvia Bernstein is the author of Aquaponic Gardening, a book that is known as a foundational text for understanding all of the nuts and bolts of aquaponics.

Tonya Penick and Gina Cavaliero founded Green Acre Aquaponics in Florida.  They explain how, “in the summer of 2009, with the construction and housing market taking a beating and the outlook was dismal, we began dreaming up our farm concept and business.”  In effect, they have used aquaponics to change the direction of their company, maintain local jobs and revitalize the health of a community.  They also offer “The Aquaponic Farming Course” that is held locally at Ouroboros Farms in Half Moon Bay.

James McWilliams is widely know as the author of the book “Just Food,” in which he writes, “given the ecological and economic viability of aquaponics, food would be significantly more just if this unique form of aquaculture (aquaponics) became the future of floating protein.”

Ouroboros Farms in Half Moon Bay, CA is a local aquaponics farm directed by Ken Armstrong and Jessica Patton.  They offer workshops, tours and direct sales.  They were also featured in a PBS newscast about aquaponics and the potential that it has to feed the world.


California Center for Cooperative Development

Democracy at Work Institute

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Cooperatives UK

Prof. Richard Wolff