Our Co-op uses a barn-raising model, where you learn practical skills by helping implement projects at members' homes. When you are ready to transform your home landscape, you benefit from discounted costs on WMG services, and volunteer labor from your fellow Co-op members helps you get the job done.
How do I get started?
Already a member? Check your email inbox for our weekly bulletins. This is where we announce workshops, special events, and other volunteer opportunities. You can also visit our online events calendar any time to see what’s happening.
If you are not yet a member of the Co-op, click on one of the buttons below to sign up.
Who can join?
Membership in a WMG Co-op and participation in workshops are free. We encourage participation regardless of race, religion, gender, ability, nationality, age, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or prior experience. Youth of any age may participate in projects, though they must be at least 14 years old to earn hours.
How does it work?
Volunteers are expected to contribute positively to the workshop to earn credit hours. Members receive 1 Co-op credit hour for each hour worked. Workshops are generally 4 – 5 hours long. Members may donate or exchange their hours to others in the community as they please.
Members, including those who cannot contribute physically at a workshop, may also earn credit hours by volunteering at other WMG events. Please talk to us about ways you think you may be able to contribute.
What is the difference between Co-op workshops and WMG’s other educational workshops?
Co-op workshops are residential workshops where success is based on the input of volunteer labor to complete projects and reduce the cost of workshops. Participants in these workshops will be awarded Co-op hours; however, you do not need to be a Co-op member to attend.
WMG also offers a variety of public workshops, outside of the Co-op program. These non-Co-op workshops include those developed with community groups, local businesses, and neighborhood associations. These workshops are valuable educational opportunities, but they will not result in Co-op hours.
Can I host a workshop at my home?
Homeowners can host a workshop or hire us for home landscape design and project implementation regardless of whether they have accumulated Co-op credit hours. However, in order to qualify for the sweat-equity discount on the workshop instructors time the client must have accumulated 16 Co-op hours for one 4–5-hour workshop.
How much does it cost to install a system through the Co-op?
We strive to make our workshops as accessible and affordable as possible. Actual project costs vary and are based on the type of workshop, materials needed, and the project manager’s time for the site visit, planning, design, preparation, and workshop instruction. Request design services from our certified workshop instructors and design staff to receive a summary of your water-harvesting opportunities, prioritized recommendations, and estimated project costs.
Low-income discounts are available to Co-op members who qualify. Occasionally additional financial subsidies are available to Co-op members for project implementation. These are announced in our Co-op bulletin. If you would like to help sponsor workshops for low-income members, please contact us.