Landscaping for Watershed Protection Panel and Workshop – Ramona

Apr 29, 2023 10:00AM—12:00PM


San Diego Country Estates International Equestrian Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd, Ramona, CA 92065

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When managed poorly, storm water run-off can wash away topsoil and pollute our waterways with sediment, chemicals, and nutrients. Our panel of experts will discuss their involvement in creating a win-win outcome at County of San Diego’s watershed protection and composting demonstration site, located within Ramona’s International Equestrian Center.

Unincorporated residents can receive a free food scraps caddy, courtesy of the County of San Diego. Check out the caddy here.

Panelists include:

  • Kelsea Jacobsen, Solana Center’s Environmental Education Programs Manager, will serve as the panel moderator. She has a BA in Environmental Studies with a Focus in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems from UC Santa Cruz. 
  • Nancy Zadrozny of Ramona’s International Equestrian Center has a background in horticulture and ecology, along with 15 years experience as vice president of an engineering construction firm. She served as manager of the San Diego Country Estates’ Equestrian Centers for five years and is currently the manager of their Landscape Department. She is also a member of Back Country Horsemen, San Vicente Saddle Club, and the Ramona Trails Association. 
  • Craig Kolodge, Ph.D., is the former academic advisor, field plant pathologist and county director for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Santa Clara County. He currently serves as the Business Development and Sustainability Manager for San Pasqual Valley Soils. Craig is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and an expert in the use of compost-based Sustainable Management Practices (SMPs) for storm water management and industrial pollution management (Trainer of Record for Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner – QISP statewide program). 
  • Josh Robinson holds a Master’s Degree in Ecological Landscape Design. He is the director and co-founder of the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute and is a principal landscape designer for Ecology Artisans. His work has been featured in two books: Art Ludwig’s Create an Oasis with Greywater, and Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden.

Panelists will discuss:

  • Mid scale windrow composting
  • Compost, compost socks, and compost blankets
  • Water catchment basins and rock interrupters
  • Native plantings

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