Hope For Sale! (And It’s Absolutely FREE)

This past Saturday we hosted another of our Community Sustainability Workshops and got a standing-room-only crowd – maybe it’s the drought? Maybe it’s just that there are a lot of cool, in-the-know people?

Or maybe it’s actually because we sell hope. (Okay, we don’t sell it. We give it away for free!)

Yes, it’s the driest winter in recorded history and that fact alone can be a little depressing, paralyzing even. But that’s just one fact among many.

Here are a few other things we also know:

  • It will rain again.
  • Conservation works.
  • Planting trees helps.
  • There are lots of ways to save water.
  • Doing these things together is fun.
  • TreePeople makes it easy!

In addition to educating folks at our workshops about replacing lawns with California native plants, harvesting and conserving every drop of rain, and planting trees, we here at TreePeople also provide ways to make these efforts really simple and really affordable. Our work with agencies and vendors makes opportunities like the $10 rain barrel possible (thanks to an amazing rebate).

When people go home with a rain barrel, or learn how to take out turf, or plant a tree (and know that lots of other people are doing the same thing), they feel empowered.  They’ve got a plan.  Which also makes them far more likely to take action… hope will do that to a person. (And the increasing demand for this kind of education makes us feel hopeful, too.)

Our next free series of Community Sustainability Workshops is May 3rd. Mark your calendar, recruit your friends, sign up, and help us spread some hope and joy!

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Stuflesser

By Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill first began her work with TreePeople as a volunteer Citizen Forester. She currently serves on the board of directors for the reDiscover Center, continues to volunteer as a Citizen Forester, has been on the Mar Vista Green Garden Tour and serves on several green committees at her church and children's schools. She most enjoys working in the garden with her husband, watching her children and vegetables grow.