Visit the gardens created by volunteers from Friends of Alhambra Creek and the California Native Plant Society to get ideas for your very own California native garden at home!
The goal of the Alhambra Native Plant Trail is not only to educate residents about our native flora, but also to create a wildlife corridor through Martinez for birds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
The Alhambra Watershed Council (AWC) is a stakeholder group that was established in 1997 to produce the Alhambra Creek Watershed Management Plan (2001). The group’s mission is to protect and enhance the health of the Alhambra Creek Watershed by educating the public about the watershed, providing a forum for new ideas and projects, and acting as a community resource.
By representing diverse stakeholder interests and promoting healthy natural systems, the AWC aims to support the health and vitality of the entire watershed community. Contra Costa County, Friends of Alhambra Creek, National Park Service, New Leaf Collaborative, Mt. View Sanitary District, and residents are among the active participants. Past projects include the Alhambra Creek Watershed Map and Festival and the Strentzel Lane Flood Reduction Project. The AWC receives coordinator support from the CCRCD.
Meetings are currently held on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding August) at 6:30pm, on Zoom. Interested community members are welcome to attend AWC meetings. Come and share your ideas!
AWC Meeting dates for 2023 are listed below. If you would like to join a meeting and are not yet on the AWC email list, please contact Victoria Woolfolk for the meeting access info.
January3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, September 5, October 3,November 7, December 5
The New Leaf Collaborative is a 501c3 non-profit corporation based out of Martinez, CA. They support learners in the following ways:
Skills: Conservation tillage, integrated pest management, grant writing, project management, partnership building.
Fun Fact: Loves beekeeping and had a goat growing up by the name of Lady Ashley.
Emma grew up in Albemarle County, Virginia next to the Rivanna River on Monacan land. She received her Bachelor’s in International Business Administration and her Master’s in Global Business & Sustainability from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
After spending several years in the renewable energy industry, Emma worked as the interim farm manager of a 15 acre regenerative flower farm on Maui. There, she learned invaluable lessons in ‘āina and environment from Indigenous and local leaders via Hawai’i Farmers Union United’s ‘Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program’.
Emma has experience conducting invasive species removal and designing and implementing field work plans. Additionally, she has managed an orchid nursery, a Moringa grove, and apiary. She served as a grant writer for a successful climate-smart agriculture program and enjoys working to unite stakeholders in the pursuit of shared goals.
At CCRCD Emma supports community-led watershed and agricultural conservation efforts in the interest of a sustainable and equitable future for people and planet.