Crossroads Garden Installation Series


In May 2017, Daily Acts partnered with Crossroads Community Day School and the City of Petaluma to create a pollinator habitat and rain garden on the Crossroads school campus, located at 700 Bantam Way. Crossroads is an alternative junior high for disadvantaged students who need more support than a traditional school can provide, and is [...]

McNear Habitat Garden Installation


On Saturday, February 25th, Daily Acts partnered with McNear Elementary School and the Cityof Petaluma to create a native pollinator habitat garden. There were two main activities slated for this workday: 1) to install a native grassland at the entrance to the school and 2) sheet mulch an additional 4,000 sq ft of lawn to [...]

McKinley School Garden in a Day


In Partnership with the City of Petaluma, Daily Acts and Rebuilding Together hosted a workday at McKinley School on Saturday October 15th, 2016. The purpose of the day was to create a pollinator habitat and an outdoor learning space for students and faculty to benefit from. Students, teachers, parents, and community members joined us [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]