Primary Organization

Sweetwater Collaborative


Executive/Management Staff


My Interest Areas

Arts, Culture & Humanities, Bilingual, Education, Environment, Families, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Philanthropy & Grantmaking Foundations, Seeking volunteers, Women

About Me

<strong>Barbara Wishingrad, President (also Sweetwater Coordinator and ED)</strong>Barbara Wishingrad has been an environmental steward for over thirty years. She holds a certificate in Permaculture Design (May 2007), is an Accredited Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) (Sept 2008), a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner through Watershed Management Group (July 2009), and a Certified Greywater Installer through Greywater Action (Nov 2009). She has studied Ecological Design, Water Management, Watershed Restoration, Keyline Design, Soil Food Web, and organic gardening.  She has a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and will receive an AS in Landscape Design from SBCC in 2017.  Barbara is a founding member and the coordinator of Sweetwater Collaborative. She is also a project designer and workshop instructor. <strong><em>Watershed and Resource Management Related Trainings and Workshops</em></strong>May 2016 EPA Certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional, Los Olivos, CANov 2012 Applied Watershed Restoration Course, Quail Springs, New Cuyama, CAAug 2012 Water Harvesting Apprentice Training, Santa Barbara, CAApril 2012 Green Infrastructure Technical Training, Tucson, AZOct 2011 Stream Restoration Technical Training, Tucson, AZOct-Nov 2010 Internship, Watershed Management Group Co-op, Tucson, AZSpring 2010 Green Gardener Certification, Santa Barbara, CANov 2009 Greywater Design and Installation – Greywater Action, Los Angeles, CAOct 2009 Soil Food Web, Elaine Ingham, Orella Ranch, Gaviota, CAJuly 2009 Water Harvesting Practitioner – Watershed Management Group, Tucson, AZDec 2008 Rainwater Catchment Accredited Professional – ARCSANov 2007 Keyline Design Course, Orella Ranch, Gaviota, CAMay 2007 Permaculture Design Course, Quail Springs, New Cuyama, CA1974 Organic Gardening, El Mirasol, Santa Barbara, CA  Barbara's background is in holistic health, midwifery, therapeutic bodywork, and child development