CASA GRANDE — A rainwater harvesting class and tree give-away is planned Saturday at the Seeds of Hope community garden, 702 E. Cottonwood Lane.

Professional water harvester Joaquin Murrieta of the Watershed Management Group is set to teach techniques for water harvesting in the desert.

Class attendees who stay to practice their new skills in the Seeds of Hope community garden will receive a free drought-resistant tree from Distinctive Earthscapes at the Avocado Nursery.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign-in and meet-and-greet is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Introductions begin at 9:15.

At 9:30, a presentation about the Central Arizona Project will be made, followed by information provided by Arizona Water Company.

The rainwater harvesting workshop begins at 10 a.m. followed by a workshop on rain garden design.

The group breaks for lunch at noon. Participants will take part in hands-on workshops aimed at teaching them how to plan and build a basin from 12:20 to 2 p.m. The tree giveaway is at 2 p.m. for those who stayed for the daylong event.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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