May 8, 2006
Solar Applications in the Garden Workshop
By Martha Brown
The sun can do more in your garden than grow plants--it can
also power pumps, lights, and other applications. Learn how
to harness the sun's power from solar-energy expert Thomas Wittman
at a workshop on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the UC Santa Cruz Farm.
Wittman will review some of the existing technologies and discuss
how they can be applied at the home or farm. "We'll talk
about some simple additions of solar-powered devices to the
farm and garden such as water pumping for fountains and other
functions, remote lighting, solar showers, communications, electric
fences and gates, and automated greenhouse functions,"
Wittman will also discuss new advances in solar technology
and appropriate system sizes. "We'll especially look at
the costs and paybacks under the new government incentive programs,"
he said. Following the lecture, he will lead a tour of the UCSC
Farm to look at some of the applications at work.
Cost of the workshop is $15 for members of the Friends of the
UCSC Farm & Garden, and $20 for the general public, payable
the day of the class (check or cash only). No preregistration
is necessary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
or call (831) 459-3240 for more information. The workshop is
cosponsored by the Center
for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the Friends
of the UCSC Farm & Garden.
The UCSC Farm is located 1/4 mile up the gravel road above
the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available across
the street from the Blacksmith Shop in the Physical Plant parking
lot, just inside the main entrance to the UCSC campus.