Announcements and Reminders
          May 29th is the official date for the Capitola Aptos Rotary annual fund raiser. We will roast the man and woman of the year and have a live and silent auction. It will benefit Meals on Wheels, as well as a scholarship at Cabrillo College and Grey Bears. Make your reservations soon!
Meals on Wheels will be having a Ride Along so you can see how meals are delivered (or you can assist on site at Live Oak Senior Center). Michelle has sent around a sign-up sheet to participate in this event.
Michele announced that Digital Nest was awarded the James Irvine Award, the most prestigious non-profit award in the state of California. She also announced many March events. The area speech contest is march 5 3:30-5:30 at the county office of education. There is a mixer at the Kaiser Area March 10 5”30-7:30. $5.00 a person.
Beach cleanup dates are April 4th June 6th and August 1st (the first Saturday in each of those months) at Rio del Mar beach at 10 am.
Sign up For Meals On Wheels on March 16th thru 20th to go out to deliver meals or go to Live Oak Senior Center and serve meals there.
Bill gave out Paul Harris fellowship awards today to Sandi and Stan Abraham.
          Our speakers today, Yuritzi Barranco and Brandon Farria were from the Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad program.They spoke about their trip to Costa Rica.  The purpose of the trip was to clean the river but they also worked on the permaculture farm.
          Surveying students began by doing the measuring for the bioswale to determine how to divert the water flow and where to put the tanks and the filters. They did lots of excavating and plumbing work. The key to the bioswale is to have all the right organisms in place so that the plants can take it up and utilize it. The more plants the better because they will take up the nitrogen which is the primary pollutant.
They set up solar panels at the farm to provide electricity and upgraded the compost shredding machines and the worm bins. They also added wheels to the rabbit hutches they had installed before. This has been a way for area farms to see the impact of these methods in terms of producing organic fertilizer and become organic.
They really enjoyed their experience there and especially their opportunities to meet with  and work with the locals who are involved in permaculture and ecotourism.