2017-09-06 Earth Repair Corps Resumes Natural Building Project in Hotchkiss, Colorado Hello Everyone, Last Saturday, Lacey, Carolyn, Tony, Randy, Kimberly, and I converged on our sister site between Crawford and Hotchkiss, Colorado (AKA Crawkiss) to resume work on… Read More
Saturday and Sunday (March 24-25) is the Thigh High Gardens Permablitz 2018 in San Marcos. tree planting, irrigation, bamboo trellises...a great way to learn by doing!
Then Sunday afternoon (March 25), Earth Repair Corps will have a booth at the Hope Farmer's Market Eco Fair by Austin Permaculture Guild in Austin at Saltillo Plaza (E. 5th & Comal). ERC will be promoting permaculture and regenerative ag systems and there will be many other eco-friendly organizations accompanying the typical farmers market vendors.
We are excited about both of these events so please come out to support the mission! See you there!
Today ERC helped to improve several hundred linear feet of trail and lay out just as many linear feet of brush barriers on contour immediately above Jacob's Well in Wimberley, Texas.
What a great honor and privilege to be a part of this!
The Texas Conservation Corps has at least 10 workers out there with us.
Steven Hebbard contacted me a few months ago about helping the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and New Leaf Farm in Elgin, Texas to help implement their permaculture design.
Since then, I have been out to New Leaf Farm at least 5 times with Steven assessing the site's topography and trying to figure out the best way to lay out 4 terraces above their main cultivation area, and the best way to use Adam Russell's key line chisel plow on this site in between the terraces.
The terraces we are about to install will be planted with edible beneficial perennials and quite likely be one of Earth repair Corps' permablitzes next permablitz season. The alleys between the terrace may be chiseled with the key line plow.
While helping to lay out this farm I learned so much more about key line geometry in our region and employing terraces to move water through the landscape just slightly off contour.
We discovered through multiple layouts and by using the radial laser level that we were below the key point of the valley, meaning that we should pull our lay out parallel and down from the top of the system in order to move water from the wet valleys to the dry ridges.
However, on clayee cultivated fields in Central Texas the shape you get at the top of a system does not always reflect the shape you have at the bottom of that system, so we had to find a compromise.
Here's what we came up with for the terrace layout, from top to bottom left to right, we are installing 4 terraces comprising almost 1200 linear feet of earthworks.
Terrace 1) The top terrace. Our baseline, set on contour, about 260 linear feet long.
Terrace 2) Set parallel and down 100' below the baseline, draining that terrace from the right side of the field to the left side of the field, with a 2' drop in elevation over 280 linear feet which is less than a 1 percent slope.
Terrace 3) The topography changes here, so we ran a contour line 100' below terrace 2 (rather than pulling parallel and down from terrace 2), draining that terrace from the left side of the field to the right side of the field with a 2' drop in elevation over 280 linear feet.
Terrace 4) The bottom terrace. We ran a contour line 100' below terrace 3, draining that terrace from the right side of the field to the left side of the field with a 2' drop in elevation over 300'.
What are the objectives here?
1) To manage the water running off of this site during a heavy rain event, and to slow, spread and sink that water into the ground.
2) To design, create and maintain an agriculturally productive ecosystem on these 4 terraces.
3) To generate as many sustainable incomes as possible from these terraces and the alleys between them.
And to create explosive abundance,
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