Pamela Berstler

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About Pamela Berstler

We are a group of people dedicated to changing the climate through landscapes using Education, Design, Communication and Transformation!

Mulch Madness Hits Ventura CA

G3 Associates Ashley Parrish-Decker and Jill Sarick-Santos, teamed up with others at the City of Ventura, CA for some Mulch Madness. The City of Ventura purchased compost from Agromin, 80 yards for two parks, and allowed people to come an pick up as much mulch as they could get in their buckets, bags and truck beds. [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Mulch Madness Hits Ventura CA

Spring In The Garden – It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

MARCH 16 2015 | OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS, GAP BY PAUL HERZOG Adding mulch to a garden every spring is a great way to help suppress weeds, boost soil’s ability to hold in moisture, and build a “soil sponge” to prevent runoff. Mulch (leaves, chipped branches and bark) is broken down by soil critters, then eaten [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Spring In The Garden – It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

One More Rain Garden For The Beach

Here's a sweet message we received after a Lawn Be Gone workshop in San Diego, CA: "Having attended all your Watershed Wise Basics and Hands On  Workshops at the Montgomery Waller Park Project, I wanted to show you our new front yard. It's been transformed from a water-guzzling lawn that constantly needed mowing -- to a carefree, water-smart, [...]

By | February 9th, 2015|Case Studies, Hands On Workshops, Homeowner Classes, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on One More Rain Garden For The Beach

Carbon Sequestering Begins at Loam

 By Paula Henson Have you sequestered your carbon today? Do you even know how to sequester carbon at home? Or where to do it? A garden produces oxygen, grows food, provides shade and all those other amazing things that gardens do. It can also keep that nasty carbon dioxide away from our atmosphere, at least [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Carbon Sequestering Begins at Loam

Looking at Everything but the Natural Carbon Sink

By Jane Davis The carbon cycle is at the heart of climate change. We have more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere than leaving it. You know the culprits: deforestation, soil disturbance, the burning of fossil fuels, etc but we haven’t figured out how to regulate these levels of carbon. Carbon exists in many ecosystems. In [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Looking at Everything but the Natural Carbon Sink

Myco what?

By Paula Henson  What is more effective than roots in absorbing nutrients and water? What has occurred naturally in the soil for over 450 millions years? What is the biggest symbiotic association on Earth? You probably can’t spell it and you might not know how to say it, but plant and soil enthusiasts are finding that mycorrhizae [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Myco what?

Talk of Biochar is Heating Up

By Paula Henson As destructive as slash-and-burn farming has been, it’s more environmentally friendly cousin “slash-and-char” agriculture (dating back to the Amazon basin in 450 AD) seems to have provided a gold mine of sorts right beneath our feet. Literally. Plant material was burned in such a way (lower temperatures and lower oxygen levels) that [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Talk of Biochar is Heating Up

It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

Here's a quick update to the post originally posted on 12/23/09.  The garden has been renovated in November 2014, but the infiltration still is working as designed. Rain cells designed to infiltrate storm water from the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility roof From December 2009:  It's raining pretty steadily today, so we [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Case Studies, TerraBLOG, Video|Comments Off on It’s Raining! ECLWRF Infiltration Works!

Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Understanding the mechanisms utilized by Living Soil in sequestering carbon and holding/cleaning water. By Paula Henson Soil is that tireless friend that you can never thank nearly enough when it bails you out of a jam. Store that excess CO2 for millennia? Can do! Clean up that polluted water? Not a problem! How does soil [...]

By | January 3rd, 2015|TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Is There Anything Living Soil Can’t Do?

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

To “see the forest through the trees” is a timeless idiom that simply means to be able to see the big picture, the overall patterns and outcomes at play, through all of the details. Thanks to the ground breaking work of researcher and Professor Dr. Suzanne Simard, we are able to “see” and understand the symbiotic [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Soil In The City, TerraBLOG|Comments Off on Seeing the Forest Through the Trees