Community Outreach – Rancho Mission Viejo
Since the first close of escrow in 2013, Rancho Mission Viejo has hosted a bi-monthly education program called “Wine and Design” for its new residents. This event combines several educational topics including ideas for architecturally themed landscape design, efficient irrigation systems, water agency outreach programs, California native plants, and farm to fork edible gardens – all while residents enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Presenters use image boards, sample designs, and table top displays of information, equipment and plant species to compliment the discussions.
Since the residents of the new homes landscape their own private yards, the idea of education and a new slate empowers them to create a more sustainable and enriching environment. Mike Evans, owner of Tree of Life Nursery often claims to the residents that “Your yard is an extension of you and an opportunity to expand what you value inside your home to your outside natural environment”
Methods include turf reduction, the hydrozone approach to system layout, pressure regulation, smart controllers, improved irrigation methods such as drip and high-efficiency spray, and most importantly – how to perform simple system checks throughout the year.
Water Concern’s first community outreach started in 2000 at Ladera Ranch. Through collaboration with the “Wine and Design” team and Rancho Mission Viejo, the program has evolved due to the participation of all its presenters and continues to be a rewarding experience.