Workshops and Materials

Mission RCD frequently hosts workshops on a wide range of residential, agricultural, and equestrian property related topics. Our upcoming workshops are listed below and any related materials (flyers, press releases, presentations and outreach material) will be uploaded as they become available. All of our workshops are FREE to anyone who would like to attend!

Upcoming Workshops

Sustainable Landscapes for San Diego County

Date: Saturday September 8, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Location: Fallbrook Public Utility Boardroom - 990 E. Mission Road

Presenter: Steve Sherman - WaterSmart Makeover Series

Topic(s): Mr. Sherman will discuss:
Healthy Soils—Soils that are rich in organic matter and hold more water
Climate Appropriate Plants—A selection of groundcovers, shrubs and trees compatible with our climate
High-Efficient Irrigation—Choosing the best technology in irrigation for your plant types
Rainwater as a Resource—How to capture rain both in the soil and in storage for later use

Past Workshops

Fire and Drought

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Presenter: Alden Hough, Sky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Topic(s): Mr. Hough will discuss rainwater harvesting earthworks, post-fire erosion control, and creating fire resilient landscapes.

Presentation #1 - Watersheds

Presentation #2 - Fire and Drought

Presentation #3 - MRCD Programs

Backyard Composting

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Presenter: Mary Matava, Agronomist & owner of AgriService

Topic(s): Ms. Matava will discuss the basics of backyard compost systems. Learn how to turn your yard and food waste into a beneficial product that can feed the soil and reduce the need for added fertilizers and chemicals.

Presentation #1 - Watersheds

Presentation #3 - MRCD Programs

Living Landscapes for Southern California

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Presenter: Diane & Miranda Kennedy, owners of Finch Frolic Gardens

Topic(s): Diane & Miranda Kennedy will discuss ways to save time, money and resources when managing your home landscape. Plant guilds, companion planting, rainwater harvesting, and low water use plants will be discussed. Learn how to create a beautiful, beneficial landscape while protecting our waterways!

Presentation #1 - Watersheds

Presentation #2 - Living Landscapes

Presentation #3 - MRCD Programs

Ready, Set, Go! Fire Preparedness

Emerging Wood Pests in San Diego County

How homeowner’s can detect and respond to pests

Speakers:  Dr. Tracy Ellis, San Diego County entomologist & Nick Basinski, San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures

Presentation

Ready, Set Go Fire Preparedness & Living in the Wildland Urban Interface

Proper steps to prepare residents and homes before wildland fire

Speaker:  Patty Koch, Deputy Fire Marshal North County Fire

Presentation

Understanding your Fire Insurance Coverage

How to inventory possessions for documentation in case of loss

Speaker:  Pete Bardeen, Farmers Insurance

 FREE Residential Workshop

Rainwater Harvesting!

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Presenter: Diane Kennedy, owner of Finch Frolic Gardens

Topic(s): Ms. Kennedy will discuss ways the proper ways to harvest rainwater on your property! Proper rain barrel installation will be covered, as well as efficient usage of the captured water. Earthworks for runoff control will be discussed.

Presentation #1 - Watersheds

Presentation #2 - Rainwater Harvesting

Presentation #3 - MRCD Programs

Surviving the Storms

Location: The Boardroom at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Already Occurred)

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am

Presenter: Daniel Holtz, NRCS Agricultural Engineer

Topic(s): Mr. Holtz, an Agricultural Engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss ways to help take control runoff, reduce erosion, and manage stormwater on your property during and after heavy rain events. You’ll learn how to implement best management practices to make your property as protected as possible from rain and extreme weather conditions.

A free raffle will be held and the lucky winners will take home great prizes! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP for this FREE workshop, or if you have any questions, please contact Karla Standridge at (760) 728-1332 or karla@missionrcd.org. We look forward to seeing you at this workshop!

Presentation 1 Part 1

Presentation 1 Part 2

Presentation 2

Prepare Your Property

Location: The Boardroom at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2015 (Already Occurred)

Time: 9:30 to 11:10 am

Presenter: Vic Smothers, Retired NRCS Soil Conservationist

Topic(s): Mr. Smothers will discuss ways to help take control of your property and manage it for long term success. Information about erosion management, runoff control, and weeds and pest animal reduction methods will be covered during the presentation.

A free raffle will be held and the lucky winners will take home great prizes! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP for this FREE workshop, or if you have any questions, please contact Karla Standridge at (760) 728-1332 or karla@missionrcd.org. We look forward to seeing you at this workshop!

BMP Workshop Presentation #1

BMP Workshop Presentation #2

BMP Workshop Presentation #3

Septic System Care and Maintenance

Location: The Boardroom at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015 (Already Occurred)

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am

Presenter: Lance DeClue, Department of Environmental Health

Topic(s): Learn about the proper care and maintenance practices for keeping a septic system healthy and fully functioning!  Also, the signs and symptoms of a septic system that is about to fail or is experiencing failure and how to deal with an unhealthy system will also be discussed.

Workshop Presentation #1 Watersheds and Water Pollution 101

Workshop Presentation #2 All about Septic Systems

Workshop Presentation #3 Free Mission RCD Programs for District Property Owners and Residents

Fallbrook is not fire proof - Let's make it fire safe!

Location: The San Diego County Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Presenters: Patty Koch, Deputy Fire Marshal North County Fire and  Sid Morel, Fire Marshal Deer Springs Fire

Topic: Ready, Set Go Fire Preparedness - Proper steps to prepare residents and homes before wildland fire

Presenter: Clayton Howe, Batallion Chief/Fire Mitigation Education Specialist

Topic: Living in the Wildland Urban Interface - After defensible space is accomplished, what else can we do?

Presenter: Pete Bardeen, Farmers Insurance

Topic: New Fire Insurance Grading Guidelines for Fallbrook - Checklist of Documents You Should Have at the Ready

Workshop Announcement

Life After Lawn

Location: The Boardroom at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015 (Already Occurred)

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 am

Presenter: Greg Rubin, Owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design

Topic(s): Mr. Rubin will discuss how to create a climate appropriate landscape after your lawn has been removed. He will cover selecting the appropriate plant pallet based on soil type and water needs, how to correctly water the selected plants and how to maintain the new landscape so that it thrives.

Presenter: Lance Andersen, Mission RCD’s Agricultural Program Director

Topic(s): Mr. Andersen will discuss how to retrofit the existing irrigation system to one that is appropriate for the new landscape plants.

Workshop Presentation #1 Watersheds and Water Pollution Sources

Workshop Presentation #2 What To Do After The Lawn is Gone

Workshop Presentation #3 How To Retrofit The Existing Irrigation System

Workshop Presentation #3 Free Mission RCD Programs for District Property Owners and Residents

The Future of Avocado Production in Southern California

Location: The San Diego County Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (Already occurred)

Presenter: Dr. Gary Bender, UCCE Farm Advisor-Emeritus

Contact Information: gsbender@ucanr.edu or (760) 803-9073

Topics: Future Southern California avocado production methods, including high density farming and alternative agricultural water sources will be discussed. Avocado fertilizing requirements and methods will also be presented.

Ag Workshop Presentation #1 - Introduction

Ag Workshop Presentation #2 - First Half of The Future of Avocado Production

Ag Workshop Presentation #2 - Second Half of The Future of Avocado Production

Ag Workshop Presentation #3 - Mission RCD Programs