San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute brings in local and regional experts to share their wealth of knowledge and passion with us. Below you will find information on our many teachers.

Brook Sarson- Water Harvesting and Permaculture

Brook is owner and founder of, San Diego’s first rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling installation business. Her mission is to create a local water supply and encourage conservation through appropriate landscaping and simple greywater and rainwater techniques. H2OME offers residents simple, low cost, context-appropriate solutions as a first step in resolving the larger water issues facing San Diego.

In addition to installing dozens of rainwater and greywater systems throughout San Diego, Brook has taught countless classes and workshops in water, soil, and Permaculture throughout San Diego, including at Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden, multiple Food Justice Conferences, schools, and gardening clubs.

Brook has completed her Permaculture Certification with ECOSA Institute in Prescott, AZ, her Master Composter Certification, as well as having taken the Water Harvesting Certification Course with the Watershed Management Group. Additionally she has interned at Seeds at City, a quarter acre organic, urban farm on the City College campus in the heart of downtown San Diego. Brook graduated with a B.S. in in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California

Brook is currently an Adjunct Professor as part of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program City College and is on the Advisory Boards for Wild Willows Farm and San Diego State Extension Program for Sustainable Landscaping and Water Conservation. She continues her travels throughout the Southwest U.S., Mexico, and Australia to explore different water harvesting technologies and Permaculture solutions for arid environments

Hilary Kearney- Beekeeping

I like to tell people I that I attended the YouTube school of beekeeping. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Art I ended up working for a software company but spent all my free time teaching myself to beekeep on the internet. Soon, I was the freak of the office telling everyone about bees, worm composting, raising chickens and coordinating covert bee rescues through Craigslist. Today, you can find me teaching beekeeping classes, working on growing my own backyard beekeeping business and tending to bees in my yard, my friend’s yard and on my mother’s roof! I invite you to follow my beekeeping adventures on my Facebook business page: .

Source: sdsustainable.org

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San Diego Garden Club

San Diego Garden Club meets every third Saturday at 10am, at Malcolm X Library located at 5148 Market Street, 92114.
Next meeting is September 20, 2008 @10am with Greg Rubin from California's Own Native Landscape Design. Learn how to use California native plants in a xeriscape and save water!Plant vendors will be selling plants at rock bottom prices and Home Depot will be doing a rafle and giveaways!
All meetings are free and open to the public!
San Diego Garden Club
619-269-6184

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