Fire Station Lawn-to-Garden Transformation


On Saturday, March 12th,2016 Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma to host an educational and inspirational volunteer event to sheet mulch the lawn at Petaluma Fire Station #3 and plant a new water-wise demonstration landscape in its place. This site is now growing a multitude of drought-tolerant, multi-functional plants while beautifying the neighborhood [...]

Tahola Lane Water-Wise Demonstration Garden


In May 2014, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma to host a Community Resilience Challenge event with the students of Loma Vista Immersion Academy. The challenge was to take an abandoned well lot adjacent to the school and transform it into a water-wise demonstration garden through the process of sheet mulching and the [...]

Traditional Medicinals Volunteer Day

In the summer of 2015, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma to host an educational lawn conversion workshop at two neighboring residential properties in East Petaluma. Daily Acts staff were joined by volunteers from local tea company, Traditional Medicinals and the general public to completely transform both landscapes in one short day. Between [...]


On October 24, 2015 Daily Acts co-hosted the commercial lawn transformation event Mulchstock in Petaluma’s Redwood Business Park. At 64,000 square feet, Mulchstock was the largest community-powered sheet mulching project on record!! 135 volunteers participated in transforming this massive, unused lawn into a drought-proof, mulched landscape, saving 1.6 million gallons of water annually. The water savings from [...]

The ‘Living Learning Lab’ Garden at SRJC Petaluma Campus – Phase 2

This was an exciting two phased project. For the first phase, a big crew of amazing volunteers sheet mulched the once water-guzzling lawn and later in the fall volunteers planted the food forest. We planted a gorgeous variety of edibles, habitat providers, and culturally important native plants. We also finished a dome-shaped trellis that will serve [...]

Xandex Sheet Mulching Workshop

On an otherwise idle Tuesday in the spring of 2015, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma, the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Cagwin&Dorward, AmeriCorps and Xandex Inc. to host a turf conversion event at Redwood Business Park in Petaluma. This event represented an extraordinary case of effective collaboration between the non-profit [...]

Earth Day 2014 – Redwood Business Park

California’s extreme and lasting drought demands innovative and lasting solutions. On Earth Day 2014, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma to host a Sheet Mulching Workshop that converted roughly 8,000 square feet of water-thirsty lawn at Clear Blue Commercial in Redwood Business Park into a water-wise, mulched landscape. With help from the City [...]

Carl and Lisa Shuller


The rental market in the Bay Area has been slim pickings for several years so when this property came on the market Carl and Lisa jumped on it. The landlord was very apologetic about the state of the landscaping which consisted of a few rose bushes and dying lavender (and an abundance of Bermuda Grass). [...]

Murray and Lori Rockowitz


Murray and Lori Rockowitz are neighbors of the Heckmans. From across the street, they saw the transformation of Trathen’s yard into the bio-diverse, food-producing oasis that it is today.The experience was contagious.  For a decade, the Rockowitz front yard was an ivy patch centered by an old apple tree. Murray collected cardboard, had compost delivered [...]

Judy Mazzeo

Petaluma Health Center


In the spring of 2012, Daily Acts partnered with the Petaluma Health Center to sheet mulch 4,000 square feet of lawn and install an edible garden as part of the 350 Home & Garden Challenge. Since the initial collaboration in 2012, the Petaluma Health Center has conducted numerous inspiring education programs for Center clients, using [...]

Cavanaugh Center

In May 2009, Daily Acts partnered with the City of Petaluma, Rebuilding Together and Petaluma Bounty to spearhead a water-wise transformation of the city’s Cavanagh Recreation Center. Over 3,500 square of lawn was transformed into a water conserving landscape of food, medicinal, and habitat plants. This incredible effort to sheet-mulch 3,500 square feet of turf [...]

Rachel Kaplan

The Kaplan-Kinsey clan lives on a small site on Petaluma’s west side that they call Tiny Town Farm. The site sports intensive use of every area that can support plant life – there are plants in the ground, in containers, in raised beds. The yard provides habitat for rabbits, chickens and bees as well as [...]

Trathen and Mary Heckman

Trathen Heckman’s permaculture garden is an exercise in resilience and stacking functions. The site is simultaneously providing food security, medicine, beauty, storm water management, habitat, watershed restoration, and inspiration for neighbors and friends. Stories of Sustenance Since our goal from the beginning was to make this place a model and engage our community to learn [...]