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21 Oct

Tread Lightly with Terra Nova! Please contribute to our Indiegogo campaign

Collectively Catalyze the Tread Lightly Movement to Regenerate our Cycling Ecological Landscaping!

Hello! my name is Ken Foster, I am a native of Santa Cruz, California, where my parents, Herb and Ellie Foster, were well-known peace and environmental activists. As a long-time organic gardener and landscape designer, and as a permaculture teacher at Cabrillo College, I believe I’m continuing the work they started here in the 1950s.

Terra Nova’s Tread Lightly Service :

Bicycle Powered Landscaping

Tread lightly Carrie

In 1991 I started a service I dubbed Tread Lightly. This was a bicycle-powered landscape service that served our Santa Cruz area clients. For over twenty years the community hailed the ‘Tread Lightly’service as  an authentic, profoundly ecological approach to landscape care and as a symbol of innovation and hope. One of the principles of permaculture is “Use Small and Slow Solutions.” Tread Lightly was definitely that! Pedal-Powered Permaculture!

While Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping continues its good work today, installing rainwater catchment, graywater systems, food forests and drought tolerant landscapes the Tread Lightly service, never a big profit maker, was discontinued one year ago. The equipment had aged and deteriorated, and it was hard to justify buying new trailers and bikes.

Now with a new business plan in hand we are confident that new bikes, custom landscape trailers and the appropriate equipment will get the ‘Tread Lightly’service back on the road where it belongs.  We are setting a goal to raise $50,000. This amount would fund the purchase of six new custom bicycle landscape trailers, the mountain bikes to pull them and new business signs. It will also allow us to outfit the trailers with all the hand tools an ecological landscaper would ever want: loppers, pruners, shovels, rakes and brooms. We’ll also buy the latest electric powered ecological equipment including shears, trimmers, weed-whackers, and mowers. This will also allow us to polish up our website, and to publish brochures and post cards for marketing purposes. 

1991

 

Herbal spiral

 

16 Oct

Tread Lightly with Terra Nova ! Party! Party!

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14 Oct

And Now, the new ‘Tread Lightly’ video! Enjoy!

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30 Sep

‘Tread Lightly’ Re-Launch Party! Friday Oct. 17th, 2014

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‘Tread Lightly’
Re-Launch Party!

Oct. 17th, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center 35 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz 


Catering by India Joze!

Join us for the kick-off party for our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to re-launch Terra Nova’s ‘Tread Lightly’ service.



For over twenty years

the community hailed the ‘Tread Lightly’ bicycle-powered landscape service as an authentic, profoundly ecological approach to landscape care and as a symbol of innovation and hope. The campaign’s goal is to fund new bikes, custom landscape trailers and the appropriate equipment so the ‘Tread Lightly’ service gets back on the road where it belongs.


Details:
Location: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
35 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA.
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Tickets:  $25.00 at the door. Buy advance tickets for sliding scale $15.00 to $25.00 + here…
http://treadlightly.brownpapertickets.com/


Blue grass music by local musicians.

  • We will be premiering a short video about the ‘Tread Lightly’ service.
  • There will be tables with information from sponsors.
  • Many opportunities to support the campaign goals by sponsoring a piece of ‘Tread Lightly’ equipment from rakes and brooms to bikes and trailers.
  • Catering By India Joze Restaurant
  • Beer on tap and wine bar
  • Bluegrass music! 
  • Share the ‘Tread Lightly’ Facebook event!
  • See more ‘Tread Lightly’ photos on Pinterest
  • The place to be Oct. 17th! Invite your friends!
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16 Sep

Terra Nova’s Ken Foster is teaching the Organic Vegetable Gardening class through Cabrillo College Extension.

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16 Aug

Help bring back bicycle-powered landscaping DATE HAS CHANGED!

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Early days of our Tread Lightly Service

Save the new Date

Friday, October 17th 2014

6:00 to 9:00 pm
Kick-off party for the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the ‘Tread Lightly’ service
At the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Apologies for the date change!  We needed more time to prepare an awesome party for the community to help relaunch the ‘Tread Lightly’ service. 

The ‘Tread Lightly’ bicycle-powered landscape service was an authentic, profoundly ecological approach to landscape care. The service was on the road in the Santa Cruz area for over twenty years up until 2012. This funding campaign will help the ‘Tread Lightly’ rubber meet the road again.    

Details

Kick-off event:  For our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Catered by India Joze Restaurant, tables with information from sponsorsblue grass music by local musicians, and the premier of a short video about the ‘Tread Lightly’ service.

Purpose: To revive Terra Nova’s ‘Tread Lightly’ service. There will be many opportunities to contribute to the campaign by sponsoring a piece of ‘Tread Lightly’ equipment, from brooms to rakes and bikes to trailers.

Tickets: Advance sliding scale tickets  $15.00 – $25.00 + are available at Brown Paper Tickets
$25.00 at the door

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping continues to be open for business!

http://www.terranovalandscaping.com/

Please join us in bringing this unique service back to Santa Cruz.

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05 Aug

Terra Nova is Bringing Back Bicycle-Powered Landscaping!

 The community is invited to help relaunch Tread Lightly, the pedal-powered landscaping service, with an Indiegogo kickoff party at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center on Friday October 17th, 2014 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Starting a bicycle-powered landscaping service more than two decades ago, Ken Foster was truly a man ahead of his time. Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping’s “Tread Lightly” service invited the community to think differently about their yards—and more importantly, to act differently. For more than 20 years Terra Nova landscapers pedaled around town towing trailers full of tools, implementing permaculture designs, creating edible landscapes and building food forests.

Ken and Dan King on the ‘Tread Lightly’ route, 1991.

The full 'Tread Lightly' crew 1995

The full ‘Tread Lightly’ crew 1995

 

“Tread Lightly was an authentic, profoundly ecological approach to landscape care,” Foster says, “and the Santa Cruz community saw the service as a local symbol of innovation and hope.”

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping continues its good work today, installing water catchment and graywater systems, drought tolerant landscapes, and providing low-impact landscape care service. But the Tread Lightly service, never a big profit maker, was discontinued one year ago. The equipment had aged and deteriorated, and it was hard to justify buying new trailers and bikes.

With a new business plan and marketing strategy in hand Terra Nova is confident that new bikes, custom landscape trailers and the appropriate equipment will ensure that the ‘Tread Lightly’ service gains the success it deserves.

Now Ken, along with friends and sponsors, is asking the community to help bring this valuable service back online.

Terra Nova logo

The Terra Nova Tread Lightly Indiegogo Kickoff Party

On Friday, October 17th, Terra Nova is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal of raising $50,000 to get the Tread Lightly service rolling again.

Ken, along with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, invites the community to join them at a celebratory event launching the Indiegogo campaign. They will screen the Tread Lightly Indiegogo video. Food will be provided by another legendary Santa Cruz institution, India Joze; wine will be provided by Vino Cruz and the Stockwell Winery; Uncommon Brewers will be there with their uncommon brews; and a local bluegrass band will be providing the music.

Individuals and businesses are invited to contribute to this good Santa Cruz cause by becoming a sponsor and setting up a table at the event.

When: Friday October 17th, 6-9pm.

Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.

Cost: $25 contribution requested at the door with $20.00 advanced tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information, contact Ken Foster at (831) 425-3514 or ken@terranovalandscaping.com.

18 Feb

Grey is the New Green! Terra Nova brings 20+ year history with ecological water projects to bear from green landscaping to greywater.

Back in 1991 Terra Nova installed it’s first graywater system. The Santa Cruz Sentinel published the article below highlighting Terra Nova’s landscapes to resist cold and drought damage.

This article was published before the advent of the internet so no online version is available.

As drought visits us again we can recall lessons learned from the past. Time to pull out the stops! Time for graywater, planting drought resistant plants, rainwater catchment, drip systems, rain gardens, bio-swales and plenty of mulch!

Another article in the Sentinel from 2004 about being Water Wise.

  

While attending college Ken did a report for a landscaping class on Graywater.

Here is a photo of Ken with fellow student Craig Labby.

Ken Foster and Craig Labby 1991

A photo of a mulch basin shut off valve in the system they installed.

Please visit the San Jose Green Home blog to learn the basics on one of the smartest water conservation solutions for times of drought. Here is a link to Ken Foster’s new graywater article posted on the San Jose Green Home blog.

 

31 Jan

Graywater discount! $50.00 off ‘Laundry to Landscape’ system installed by Terra Nova through the month of March, 2014.

 

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Save water and money with a ‘Laundry to Landscape’ graywater system

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Make your landscape more resilient even with water restrictions

Laundry to landscape is exactly what it sounds like, piping the laundry water out to the landscape, using the water twice, once to wash laundry and twice to water your landscape and garden plants. Even though the Governor of California has declared a drought emergency and water restrictions are in place you will still be able to water your landscape with a graywater system.

Act now and receive $50.00 off a graywater system that includes:

  • Three way valve, allows you to direct water to the landscape or to the sewer.
  • Shut off valves in the landscape can be opened or closed as desired.
  • Mulch Basins allows water to infiltrate safely into the soil.

We design your graywater system to ensure the appropriate amount of water is available to landscape and garden plants. Terra Nova is a certified graywater installer providing systems that meet code requirements.

To schedule a free onsite estimate:

Call 831-425-3514 or email ken@terranovalandscaping.com 
(mention “Graywater Special”)
For more information, visit our website:www.terranovalandscaping.com

Rules: $50.00 off offer available through the month of March, 2014.

Help save your landscape with graywater today!

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28 Jan

Terra Nova offers Permaculture Design services.

The owner of Terra Nova, Ken Foster is a certified Permaculture designer and teaches this design science at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Ken has been studying Permaculture after first hearing about it while an apprentice at the UCSC Farm and Garden back in 1985. He took his first Permaculture Design Course in 1996 and has since completed two advanced Permaculture courses. Ken has been teaching Permaculture since 2004. He has taught with the Regenerative Design Institute during their ‘Four Seasons Permaculture  Design Course’ and with Larry Santoyo of EarthFlow Design Works.

PERMACULTURE DEFINED: Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

One of “Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet.” Ben Haggard

Edible Landscaping is a good example of Permaculture.

Give us a call for a free estimate on a Permaculture Design for your site.

831-359-5717.

 

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